When a mold problem strikes, it can cause panic for you and your family members. Having to pay for someone to clean up any mold or mildew that has formed in your home is incredibly stressful. This is usually what causes you to roll up your sleeves and fix the problem yourself. If you’re doing this, make sure you avoid these common mold remediation mistakes so you aren’t making the problem worse.
Using Cleaning Products That Are Too Strong Or Weak
When you decide to clean different parts of your home to rid it of any existing or future bacteria, you’ll normally pick up the bleach and plan to get rid of everything that way. This actually isn’t the most efficient way to clean and is one of the most common mold remediation mistakes.
Bleach isn’t very strong in killing bacteria and can sometimes hurt your home even more if you don’t know how to apply it correctly. When cleaning with products, you want to use cleaners that are made specifically for the purpose of cleaning up mold and mildew. When you’re shopping for a cleaner, search for those specific mold-cleaning products. You may need to hire a service instead of doing it yourself if you can’t find this certain cleaner.
Leaving Excess Mold Behind and Spreading It Further
When it comes to mold cleaning mistakes, this one is common. If you don’t scrub the area strongly or effectively enough, you can just cause the mold to build up more and get even worse. Many people use a technique of moving the sponge in a back-and-forth motion.
While this can sometimes be effective, it actually makes the dormant spores travel through the air to other parts of your home. This means it can reach parts of your home that haven’t even been infected yet. You need to use containment barriers that keep this mold and mildew bacteria confined. It also helps them remain in just one spot. Try not to let any of this spread, or your home could experience even more mold damage.
Only Cleaning the Surface
You may decide to clean up the mold and mildew on your own. However, this can make you realize this is easier said than done. Usually, if the surface of your home looks shiny and spot-free, it’s easy to assume it’s clean. This isn’t the case with mold and mildew. Once you clean the outer surface, your job isn’t done.
You need to get deep within the mildew and mold to make sure the entire area is clean. You’ll also want to verify the bacteria has effectively been removed. These spores are incredibly microscopic and hard to see. This can trick you into thinking you’re done with cleaning. Many recommend hiring a service to come to your home. This will ensure the mold and mildew are definitely gone. They have the best equipment to detect whether everything has been removed.
Avoiding Mold Remediation Mistakes
Though it may seem like a bright idea to clean your home yourself and not spend money on a service, it isn’t. Make sure all the mold residue is out of your home. Give us a call so we can inspect your home and make sure you’ve gotten rid of all the mold.