Where there are moisture and oxygen, a mold is bound to be present. In fact, molds thrive in this wet and moist environment. They can be found both indoors and outdoors. When found indoors, such as in schools and office buildings, molds usually are a big problem. They have a great impact on the air quality and other such factors. This, in turn, has an effect on the health of the employees and students, as molds can cause some serious health issues and allergies.
Molds can be seen to grow everywhere, right from carpets to wood to paper, food etc. All these are places where the moisture content is relatively high. Molds can multiply very fast and the mold spores can waft through the air very easily. They cannot be seen by the naked eye. But the mold spores can contaminate the air quality, producing allergic reactions.
Taking mold remediation methods involve controlling the moisture content present in the environment.
Mold remediation plan
A remediation plan to remove the mold in the building, be it household mold removal or commercial mold removal, especially for buildings such as offices and schools should be undertaken to know the extent of damage done. Getting a professional evaluation done helps in understanding the root cause and tackling the problem of mold removal will be easy. This also helps in proper maintenance and care of the building for many years to come. This is especially true for commercial buildings, as the structure also gets affected by the mold, and if not treated immediately, there will be great danger in the future.
The three main steps involved in this process of mold removal are:
How to clean up the mold in offices and schools?
There are many mold clean-up methods available. But everything again depends on the type of material affected with molds. It is a different type of clean-up process for books papers, carpets, wallboard, porous flooring, fiberglass insulation etc.
Here is a small compilation of some methods used in home mold removal. The household mold remediation methods can be applied for commercial purposes too.
- By using wet vacuums, water can be removed from the carpets, floor, hard surfaces etc. But these wet vacuums should be used when the surface is still wet. Otherwise, they may spread the spores of the mold, causing further damage. The mold and the spores stick to the surface of the equipment. Hence, they need to be cleaned thoroughly, so that no mold stays inside the vacuum cleaner.
- Steam cleaning can be done on upholstered furniture and carpets to remove molds.
- Wiping the area with plain water or detergent water to remove the mold is also another effective method that removes molds. But these areas should dry up fast so that there is moisture content remaining. This method should not be used for wood.
- Using HEPA (High-efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum helps in the complete and final cleanup of the areas affected by mold.
- Discard materials affected with mold, which cannot be salvaged.
After following the different cleanup methods for mold removal, it is also essential to dispose of the contaminated material in the right way. While there are materials that can be rid of mold, some materials like tiles, fiberglass insulation etc., affected by molds, should simply be replaced with newer ones.