How much mold is too
Mold Cleanup Guidelines
Places are often or always
damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If
there's some mold in the shower or
elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing the ventilation
running mold a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually
prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum.
Tips and techniques
and techniques presented in this section will help you clean up your mold
problem. Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not covered
in this publication. Please note that mold may cause staining and cosmetic
damage. It may not be possible to clean an item so that its original
appearance is restored.
Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to
be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty
spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or
impossible to remove completely.
Avoid exposing yourself or others to
mold (see discussions: What to Wear When Cleaning mold Moldy Areas and Hidden
Do not paint or caulk
moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting.
Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
If you are
unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or of
sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist. Specialists
in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and
conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water
restoration are commonly listed in phone books. Be sure to ask for and
check references. Look for specialists who are affiliated with
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