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post #21 of Old 06-13-2013, 11:10 PM
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Beyond just cleaning you might want to look at installing an air exchange system, if you don't have one. If you do and it is working properly and you have excessive mold I would get a professional in there as soon as you can.

As far as cleaning, bleach is still the way to go, just be careful not to get it on anything that it will damage, such as metal and wear a mask so you don't ingest any. Also well ventilate the area while you are cleaning with bleach, and until the smell is gone. If there are no windows, use a strong fan to blow the air, after you have completed cleaning, not during, otherwise you might blow bleach to places you don't want it.

After you clean really well, keep the area dry, run a dehumidifier very near that area, and make sure you empty the bucket daily. If you do all these things and still have mold, I would find a way to look on the other side of the drywall, cut a some out if you have to, a good size square should do it. If you have any pictures on that wall, do it behind the picture. If you don't find any evidence of mold on the other side of the wall, then replace the cut piece and repair it with some caulk. Cover it with the picture so you don't have to repaint that area.

If you do find mold on the other side of the wall, call a pro.
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post #22 of Old 10-17-2013, 10:19 PM
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Knowing how to prevent mold and cleaning mold can save you and your family possible health problems that mold can bring.
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post #23 of Old 10-22-2013, 09:51 AM
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Use an odour neutraliser to remove the mould smell from the air, remove-odour.com
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post #24 of Old 10-24-2013, 09:05 AM
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There are some really good cleaners out there, I use a Dettol product that's really good for mould in the shower.
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post #25 of Old 10-28-2013, 12:16 PM
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Well dude I agree with you mostly people have used the liquid cleaner/Vinegar especially for cleaning the mold.I agree with you dude, Vinegar is a mild acid which kills 70% of mold species.So in European countries mostly people have used the vinegar especially for swimming pool purpose buddy do you use it????????????????
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post #26 of Old 10-29-2013, 06:46 AM
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Cleaning mold is not easy. You can use acids for cleaning but some parts remain and is visible.
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post #27 of Old 10-29-2013, 02:15 PM
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I actually just read that tea tree oil is also a good cleaning agent for mold. Tea tree oil has a strong odor, but will do just as good of a job as vinegar. It is also important to remember that you do get what you pay for. It might not hurt to look into a company if your problem is really severe. Mold can cause a ton of health related issues, and is not something that should be left unattended to for very long.
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post #28 of Old 10-30-2013, 05:42 AM
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Is this mold?

See attached. I used a Royal carpet cleaner hand tool to clean the carpet next to the sliding glass door since it was quite heavily soiled in that area. I used a fan to dry for hours but several days later I noticed the carpet looked like this (circled in blue on attached).

Does anyone know what this might be caused from? I think the carpet was completely dry but I cannot be 100% certain that everything below it was. My wife believes this may be a stain related to the wood next to the carpet becoming a bit moist from the carpet cleaning.

I'm thinking about pulling the carpet up to see what the padding looks like underneath it. Any advice or insight would be greatly appreciated.

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post #29 of Old 10-30-2013, 07:29 AM
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Does anyone know what this might be caused from? I think the carpet was completely dry but I cannot be 100% certain that everything below it was. My wife believes this may be a stain related to the wood next to the carpet becoming a bit moist from the carpet cleaning.

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yes it is because of the wood it is getting that stain.
You can check below the carpet too. maybe a leakage.
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post #30 of Old 11-11-2013, 10:37 PM
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Mold Cleaning

Mold are the hazards in the structure, building. To remove the hazards in building we use the technique named mold cleaning. It is the process of removal and clean up of mold from the indoor environment.
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post #31 of Old 07-21-2015, 06:46 AM
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Ozone proves to be very effective for mold remediation. It is also effective in getting rid off spores, the invisible microscopic spores that are almost impossible to remove. And the best part is that it is cheap and very easy to use, its not at all messy like most of the other mold remediation methods.
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The tips 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.

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 completely.

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 Moldy Areas and Hidden Mold).

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 professional organizations.

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Places that 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 ventilation (running 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

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post #33 of Old 08-26-2015, 02:53 AM
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Water damage creates mold inside the home, which has serious implications on health. Starting from minor to moderate and to serious damage, mold can cause health hazards if not removed at the earliest. The key to stopping most molds is to control dampness. The worst infestations usually occur in damp crawlspaces, in attics and walls where water has leaked in from the outside, and in basements with poor foundation drainage. Stopping leaks, ensuring good ventilation in attics, keeping crawlspaces dry and routing water away from the foundation are the best defenses.
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Mold cleaning is very tedious job
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  • Mold spores remain allergenic and toxic even when dead.
  • Porous materials (e.g., carpet, sheetrock) from which microbial growth cannot be adequately cleaned must be removed from the building.
  • Boric acid (borax) or hydrogen peroxide is very effective at killing molds. They do not have an odor and are recommended for people with chemical sensitivities. However, small minorities of people have reported sensitivities to boric acid.
  • Vacuuming may temporarily increase exposure to mold spores. The spores can pass through ordinary vacuum bags and remain suspended in the air for hours or days. Central vacuums that vent outside are recommended, or vacuums fitted with HEPA filters and micro-filtration vacuum bags to help minimize this exposure.
  • Carpet cleaning should be performed by trained professionals that utilize hot water extraction. Ensure that the cleaned carpets dry out in less than 24 hours. Chemical cleaning methods can leave a residue that attracts soil and other contaminants.
  • A HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air cleaner, with or without a charcoal filter, can be utilized in addition to source removal and ventilation to remove unwanted airborne contaminants. Relying on an air cleaner alone to solve a significant mold problem is insufficient.
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post #36 of Old 09-08-2015, 03:56 AM
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Water damage odor is typically the result of mold growing in your home. The key to stopping most molds is to control dampness.The best way to deal with water damage odor is to prevent it from happening in the first place by keeping the area dry and circulating the air.Using a box fan to blow cool air over the area can also be very helpful. Just make sure that the water doesnít affect the fan if itís on the floor.Thanks for useful tips.
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Water damage odor is typically the result of mold growing in your home. The key to stopping most molds is to control dampness. The best way to deal with water damage odor is to prevent it from happening in the first place by keeping the area dry and circulating the air.Using a box fan to blow cool air over the area can also be very helpful. Just make sure that the water doesnít affect the fan if itís on the floor.
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Thanks for the tips
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Most of the time you have to actually remove the moldy building materials & replace them. Hope it doesn't go into the wall because that increases the costs a lot. Spraying the area with bleach is good too but it doesn't replace the fact you need to remove moldy building materials.
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Mold and grout aren't easy to clean. You can try with bleach or some home-made cleaning products, but be very careful. No matter what kind of products you are using keep in mind to wear face mask and gloves. Also, you must ventilate the place while you are cleaning it. Windows are an option but still you can use a ventilator too, along with the open window. If you can afford a cleaning company this is the best possible choice in my opinion.
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