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21 Oct DIY: How to Remove Mold

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How to Remove Mold

Mold removal can be relatively easy, or a long, painstaking process, depending on the type and breadth of the mold involved.

To determine whether or not the removal can be done at home or by a professional, consider the following:

  • How long has the mold been present?
  • How large of an area does the mold cover?
  • Is the mold only on the surface of the affected material?
  • Do you have reason to suspect the mold to be more widespread than what you can see?

If the mold has been growing for an unknown or long amount of time, is suspected to be in the building material itself, or seems to cover a larger area than you are comfortable with, it is best to call a professional. Otherwise, mold can be removed in a few simple steps.

For minimal mold removal, first gather your equipment:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Dust mask
  • Protective eye gear
  • Antimicrobial cleaning agent
  • Cleaning rags

Once you have your supplies, treat the affected area following the directions on the antimicrobial agent you are using. Using a damp rag thoroughly wipe down the affected area while also extending your cleaning radius about five inches.  This will ensure you reach any mold spores that are currently too small to see.  Once the area is clean, keep dry if possible.

If the steps above do not work, or you suspect the mold to be a more serious problem, call a professional.  KADE works with customers everyday to remove and prevent mold in homes and businesses.

Next step: Keep mold from growing back!