Porous vs Non-Porous Materials
Mold growing in your home is a serious problem and needs to be handled by an expert. It is important to know that mold can grow on porous surfaces and also on non-porous surfaces. However, in order for mold to grow on non-porous surfaces, it will have to be through porous substances.
Mold is said to be dangerous and not all of it can cause health problems. However, without lab testing, it can be hard to tell which is mold is toxic and which is not. Mold thrives in areas with moisture and poor lighting. The reproduction of mold is through spores that cannot be seen with the naked human eye. Mold grows drastically and will end up affecting the indoor air quality. When you need to remove mold it is advisable to consult a professional expert who will help you with the right information.
Removing Mold on Non-Porous Surfaces
Remove as much mold as possible using a HEPA-rated vacuum
Spray the surfaces with a water and detergent solution
Scrub the affected area with vinegar and let the vinegar sit on the surface
Rinse off the vinegar with clean water and dry the surface completely
Mold Removal on Porous Surfaces
In all honesty, it is almost impossible to remove all molds from porous materials. Some of the porous materials on your property include wallpapers, carpets, drywalls, ceiling and so much more. Wood is categorized as a non-porous material. All materials that have been contaminated with mold should be discarded right away.
If you would want to remediate mold on porous surfaces, here is what you should do:
- Set up a containment area for mold. You can use plastic and duct tape
- Bag all materials with mold before removing them from the containment
- Use a HEPA-rated vacuum once the moldy material has been removed
- Wipe the area with a damp material using a solution with a detergent
- Repeat the vacuuming and damp-wiping process after 24 hours
Most of the mold will be removed and you should ensure that the whole area is completely dry before replacing the materials. If you leave any surfaces damp, this will increase moisture and the mold infestation will recur.
Safety Precautions in Mold Removal
Whether you are removing mold from non-porous or porous surfaces, you need to take some safety measures. Your health is very important and as such, you should be careful. Here are some safety tips:
- Always wear respiratory protection
- Ensure you have eye protection and gloves
- Wear clothes that can be disposed of or laundered
- Do use ammonia and bleach as this will form toxic fumes
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