When you notice mold growing in your home, it’s tempting to grab a bottle cleaning fluid and start scrubbing away. It’s only mold, right? Getting rid of it should be common sense.
This is where a lot of people go wrong and make the problem worse. Mold is not at all like ordinary dirt or grime, and if proper mold removal measures are not taken, your efforts to solve the problem might actually give the mold an opportunity to spread.
Want to avoid these scenarios? It helps to familiarize yourself with some of the most common DIY mold removal mistakes.
1. Scrubbing mold with ordinary cleaning fluids
Mold has one mission: Expand the colony to cover the widest possible area. Mold is also surprisingly resilient. When you attack it with a solution that doesn’t kill it, such as ordinary cleaning fluid from a spray bottle, you’re effectively smearing the mold across a wider area. The colony may be temporarily weakened by the scrubbing action and the chemicals in the fluid, but it will not die. We’ve seen many cases where the mold comes back stronger than ever. Always use meticulous cleaning methods and a proper solution if you decide to treat mold yourself.
2. Cleaning up non-mold
This doesn’t really make the problem worse; it just means you went through a lot of hassle for no reason! Having identified an area of mold growth (or so it seems), you set about organizing your cleanup mission, purchasing all the necessary chemicals, brushes and protective gear. You didn’t realize that what you thought was mold was actually soot, dust, sap or mineral deposits—something far easier to clean up. Whoops!
3. Cleaning only what’s visible
Mold has no problem growing where you can’t see it—on the back side of your drywall, for example. What does this mean? Mold removal is not simply a question of treating what you can see. That’s why professionals conduct a detailed inspection of the area before beginning the cleanup process. If the infestation reaches into the walls, treating the outer surface is nothing but a temporary cosmetic measure.
4. Not using protective gear
Mold is notorious for causing health problems. It may even be that someone in your home is suffering health problems that you suspect may be due to the presence of mold. If this is the case, why get “up close and personal”with the mold without protecting yourself? Any DIY mold removal project should involve property protective gear for the mouth, eyes and hands. Professionals will usually wear full-body protection when entering mold-infested environments. There is good reason for this!
5. Attempting to clean items that should be thrown away
When it comes to mold infestations, there are certain items that simply cannot be cleaned. These are usually items with very porous surfaces, such as paper (including wallpaper), upholstery, carpet, curtains, wood, and other such materials. Attempting to “hold on”to these items, after mold as taken up residence in their pores, can lead to persistent and increased mold problems.
We’ve put together this list of common DIY mistakes to make your mold removal experience more effective. Any questions or comments? Please leave them in the space below!