Spring Cleaning & Mold Removal

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Spring Cleaning & Mold Removal

Spring is here! It is the time of year we all look forward to, after several months of cold, gray and dreary weather. With the season typically comes spring cleaning for most people. They want a clean, fresh start and people are productive in tidying and fixing things up around their home. While spring cleaning, you may move some boxes or a piece of furniture that has not been moved in some time and you may find mold. In addition, with the weather warming up, snow melting and the rainy season, water can leak into your basement causing mold growth. Make sure to check your basement regularly throughout the spring for mold. If you do encounter mold, here are some tips that you can follow:

Cleaning the Mold Properly

Mold remediation has several steps and is a complicated process that is best handled by a professional. If you attempt to clean it yourself, you will put yourself in danger by not wearing the proper equipment. Also, you can exacerbate the problem by scrubbing the mold spores which will allow for them to go airborne. Once the spores go airborne they can spread throughout other areas of your home. Therefore, causing your once isolated issue to spread to other rooms in your home creating a much larger issue. As opposed to handling it yourself, make sure to contact a licensed mold remediation professional. 

Borax to Clean Mold

We do not recommend for customers to clean mold themselves, unless cleaning it from an item such as clothing or a non-porous item. For areas, inside of your home greater than 10 square feet, make sure to contact a professional to handle this for you. New York State requires for any home with more than 10 square feet for it to be taken care of by a NYS licensed mold remediation contractor. It is imperative to not only remove the mold properly, but also rectify the moisture problem. Also, a professional can make sure the proper containment is set up to ensure that the mold spores do not spread to other areas of the home.

In order to make the cleaning solution mix together 1 cup of “20 Mule Team Borax” with 1 gallon of hot water. Borax can be purchased at most local grocery stores in the laundry/detergent section. Once you have mixed together your solution, apply the borax solution to the area with mold. Do not apply the solution to a porous material, such as drywall. These types of surfaces are porous and absorb water easily, this will only exacerbate the mold problem by keeping the area moist. After you apply the solution, scrub the area with a rag or a wire brush until the mold is gone. Wipe the area off and make sure it dries thoroughly. You can repeat the application of the solution and lightly rinse it as well, however it does not need to be completely rinsed. Borax prevents new mold from growing so it does not need to be fully rinsed away. Once this is complete, run either a dehumidifier or a fan to dry out the area within 24-48 hours. 

Please keep in mind this is only for items that are non-porous or for clothing. This solution is not recommended for large areas inside of your home. If the moisture problem inside of your home is not resolved, in addition to the mold being removed properly, then it is bound to return. This spring cleaning, you can be proactive when it comes to mold. By finding it early on it can prevent further damage and is less costly to you as the homeowner. Get your mold taken care of, so you can have a fresh mold-free start this upcoming spring.