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How to Remediate Mold

The main reason that homeowners might need to remediate large amounts of mold is following an incident that leaves a large amount of moisture in their homes, such as a flood or a major water leak. The process of remediating mold has two parts to it. The first is going through and finding materials that cannot be salvaged. To remove the mold, you must remove these items. The second part is actually cleaning and disinfecting the items that are left in your home.

After water damage, you might have lots of mold to clean.
  1. Throw out any objects made of paper or soft, porous materials that have been saturated or covered in mold. Wooden items that are saturated or mold covered should also be thrown out.

  2. Assess furniture and other cloth items carefully. Full saturation or large amounts of mold mean you should probably throw out the items. This generally includes carpeting, as well.

  3. Bag up items to throw out or wrap them in plastic. Place smaller items in your trash cans and haul larger items, such as furniture, to the dump. Let the service worker know that the item has been contaminated with mold.

  4. Get ready for cleaning the mold. Put on rubber gloves and boots, goggles and an N-96 face mask.

  5. Mix together a cleaning solution in a large bucket with the ratio of 1 gallon of water for every cup of bleach.

  6. Scrub all remaining items in your home that have mold formation or that have been saturated. Use the bleach solution you made. Scrub floors with a mop and hard surfaces with a stiff scrub brush. Use softer sponges on more delicate surfaces, such as wallpaper or painted items.

  7. Rinse all areas with clean water to remove the bleach solution. Soak up as much of the liquid as you can with towels to prevent more mold formation. Open windows and run portable fans to speed up the drying process.

Warning

  • Never mix ammonia and bleach. The effects are toxic.

About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.