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Mold cleaning

Who should do the cleaning depends on several factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than about a 3-foot by 3-foot patch), in most cases you can handle the job yourself, follow the mold removal Tips and Techniques. Nevertheless:

Tips and Techniques

The tips and techniques presented in this section will help you solve your mold problem. Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not covered here. Please note that mold can cause staining and cosmetic damage. It may not be possible to clean an item to restore its original appearance.

Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.

Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water and dry thoroughly.

Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpeting, may need to be thrown away if they get moldy. Mold can grow or fill in voids and cracks in porous materials, making it difficult or impossible to completely remove.That is why it is advisable to choose experts in mold removal.

Do not paint or seal moldy surfaces. Clean mold and dry surfaces before painting. Paint applied to moldy surfaces is likely to peel off.

If you are not sure how to clean an item, or if the item is expensive or has sentimental value, you can consult a specialist. Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration and preservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water restoration are often listed in telephone directories. Be sure to ask for and check references. Look for specialists who are affiliated with professional organizations.

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