Mold Removal Products
The key to being successful in removing mold, especially those that are toxic to include black mold, it is imperative the right mold removal products are used. Regardless if mold is being removed by a home or business owner, or a process performed by a professional in the business, unless appropriate products are used mold would not be killed.
Unfortunately, there have been a multitude of reports involving people using the wrong commercial products or home remedies, only to find an initial problem of mold has become overwhelming. Below are some helpful tips that would make choosing the most effective and safest mold removal products possible.
- Temperature has a direct impact on how well mold removal products work. Therefore, the product of choice must be formulated specific to the temperature where the mold problem exists.
- There are several innovative products that should be researched before immediately choosing something that has been on the market for some time. For instance, pre-saturated mold removal products are the newest offered, which are actual wipes that would be used for cleanup. These wipes are sterile, the perfect choice for mold located in small or tight spaces, they are formulated with the exact type and amount of substances, the wipes are extremely easy to use, and they provide an opportunity for disposal that is non-hazardous.
- For larger areas or the more difficult to treat mold problems, most reputable companies provide small product samples. With this, an individual would have the chance to try several mold removal products, ultimately choosing the one that works best.
- Regardless of the product chosen, it would be essential for all instructions to be followed precisely. This would ensure accurate cleanup of mold but also reduce or even eliminate any risks to the person removing the mold.
- Mold removal products are generally developed for one or several specific types of mold. Because of this, any product being considered would need to be formulated for the exact type of mold needing to be removed.
Mold Removal Products: Should You Use Biocides?
Perhaps you have heard some of the most common mold removal products which can be used at home. Some of the examples are biocides or chlorine bleach, white vinegar, and fungicides. But if you don’t have enough knowledge about these products, it is much better not to use them. In this way, you will be prevented from danger.
Here is an article from EPA or Environment Protection Agency about the proper use of biocides for mold removal.
Mold Remediation/Cleanup and Biocides
The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold to prevent human exposure and damage to building materials and furnishings. It is necessary to clean up mold contamination, not just to kill the mold. Dead mold is still allergenic, and some dead molds are potentially toxic. The use of a biocide, such as chlorine bleach, is not recommended as a routine practice during mold remediation, although there may be instances where professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain in the air (roughly equivalent to or lower than the level in outside air). These spores will not grow if the moisture problem in the building has been resolved.
If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always ventilate the area. Outdoor air may need to be brought in with fans. When using fans, take care not to distribute mold spores throughout an unaffected area. Biocides are toxic to humans, as well as to mold. You should also use appropriate PPE and read and follow label precautions. Never mix chlorine bleach solution with cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia; toxic fumes could be produced.
Some biocides are considered pesticides, and some States require that only registered pesticide applicators apply these products in schools. Make sure anyone applying a biocide is properly licensed, if necessary. Fungicides are commonly applied to outdoor plants, soil, and grains as a dust or spray — examples include hexachlorobenzene, organomercurials, pentachlorophenol, phthalimides, and dithiocarbamates. Do not use fungicides developed for use outdoors for mold remediation or for any other indoor situation.
In this video below, a public toxicologist explains the effects of biocides in removing molds:
Now that you’ve learned about the proper uses of these mold removal products, you should be careful in choosing the right one. Some of them are also harmful for the environment. By following the guidelines from EPA, you can kill molds without compromising your safety and health.