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A Variety Of Options For Removing Black Mold

Author : Kelsey Libby

There are a number of cleaning agents that have been publicized at one time or another as being effective for the removal of black mold. Each one of them has its own points of efficiency as well as its short-comings. In the long run, after considering which one you feel safest in using, the choice will be yours alone to make.

Some important precautions you need to take before attempting to DIY the removal of black mold are to (1) buy a good protective mask that has a tight breathing filter and to (2) use a thick long-sleeved shirt and a pair of long-sleeved pants and (3) have on a sturdy pair of rubber gloves. With that you are ready to go

Bleaching Agent

Bleach may only be used effectively for molds that are on floors. the reason for that is that you need to soak the area infested for some minutes before mopping up everything into a basin. You will naturally have to stand by and add more of the bleach solution whenever what you applied drips through the floor. After some minutes, you should wipe the liquid from the floor with a slow rubbing motion. Take care not to whisk the rag around while you are doing this. You may inadvertently flick the spores somewhere else where they may grow new colonies of black mold. So mop up everything carefully.

After you are done with mopping you might want to apply a hot air blower or a hot lamp to the area in order to dry it up completely before replacing the floor tiles. The effects of bleach will last longer too is you use a blower or hot lamp to dry the area up fast. That is because any moisture that is left behind will evaporate.

Chemicals and Fungicides

There are many kinds of chemical preparations that you can spray on black mold colonies. Some of them claim to remove the molds completely; others will need to be applied again after some weeks. All of them pose one common danger for the person cleaning the mold. And that comes from the fact that the act of spraying the chemical is likely to stir up the spores of the black mold. This increases the population of the spores in the air and will be harmful for you if you do not wear your filtered mask.

The only way to prevent the explosion of spores is to wet the area with a soaking-wet piece of cloth before applying the spray to it. Alternatively you may want to purchase a bottled version of the spray and apply it manually to the black mold colony.

After successfully treating the area with the chemical you will have to refer to the instructions that came with it to know how long it will take before the mold is deactivated. Once deactivated, you will need to - very carefully - wipe the area clean with a bleach solution. Once clean, you can apply a hot blower fan to the area until it is completely dry. Set the fan to low power and keep the nozzle close to the area you are drying to prevent the air from blowing in surrounding places which may have other black mold colonies.

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