How To Safely Remove Toxic Black Mold

Toxic black mold is the most dangerous type of mold that can develop in your home. It can be found in many places in the home, but typically is found in lower levels and most often the basement. You may find it behind floor baseboards, in water damaged areas and even along the ceiling. The cause of black mold in most cases is a problem of moisture and humidity in a room.

Removing Black Mold

There is a specific process you must follow in order to remove toxic black mold. Your goal is not just to get rid of the mold but to do it safely. If you do not follow the proper steps you could end up not removing all of the mold or even spreading the mold to other areas of the home. The first step to toxic black mold removal is sealing off the affected area. Use plastic sheets or drop cloths to seal off the doorways and windows to ensure no mold spores are able to escape into other rooms if they become airborne while you clean.

Next, dress in clothes you do not mind discarding afterwards. You do not want to keep the clothes, even after cleaning them, in case mold spores remain on the fibers. Before cleaning the mold, spray over top of it with water. This helps to prevent the mold spores from becoming airborne, which is more likely to happen if they are sitting dry on the wall. Once the mold has been lightly sprayed with water, you can begin wiping over top of the affected area with a mixture of dish soap and warm water with a rag. Any basic dish soap works fine and you can continue to wet the rag as often as needed, each time it gets too dirty.

Preventing Black Mold

In the future, make sure you take the proper preventative steps to guard against a black mold problem in the future. There are many ways to prevent mold growth, and namely that means using a dehumidifier in rooms on the lower levels in your home in order to maintain a proper humidity level. You should also routinely check around the home for signs of mold growth, so at least if there is a problem you notice it early on rather than having it become a large problem.

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