Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpeting is a great investment that can enhance your décor like nothing else. Keeping it looking new doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task—with periodic professional cleaning and careful attention to stains and spills, it can look like the day it was installed. Here are some handy tips for cleaning carpets:


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Stain Removal Techniques

No carpet is stain-proof. But by following these stain removal techniques for the type of spill and carpet fiber you’re treating, any synthetic yarn (such as nylon and polyester) can resist stains remarkably. None of these techniques are guaranteed to work in all cases.

The following definitions apply to the procedures that follow:

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Techniques and Definitions

Apply

Apply all liquids to a clean white (not printed) paper towel and use to dampen carpet. Never wet a carpet through to the backing.

Blot

Press straight down with a pad of clean white paper towels—never rub. Rubbing alters carpet texture. Then in a final blotting, leave 1/2″ of paper towels on the spot overnight with a weight.

Detergent

Mix 1/4 teaspoon clear, see-through hand dish-washing detergent with 1 cup warm—not hot—water.

Dry Cleaning Fluid

Liquid, non-oily, non-caustic type sold for spot removal from garments (Carbona #10, Energine, etc.). Caution, may be flammable.

Hydrogen Peroxide/Ammonia

Mix 1/2 cup (3% solution available in drug stores) with 1 teaspoon undiluted, unscented, clear (not sudsy) household ammonia. Use within 2 hours of mixing.

Scrape

Gently scoop or scrape with the blunt edge of a spoon from the outside of the spill toward the center.

Weight

A weighted 1/2″ pad of white paper towels, left overnight, will absorb the last traces of liquid and foreign materials.

Stain Chart

Consult the chart below to find the best procedure for stain removal. Match the corresponding letter with the Procedure Description that follows.

Stain Procedure Stain Procedure
Beer B Kool Aid. M
Berries M Lemonade M
Blood M Lipstick Q-A
Butter A Makeup A-B
Candle Wax O-A Mayonnaise B
Candy (Sugar) B Mercurochrome M
Catsup M Methiolate M
Chewing Gum G-A Milk B
Chocolate B Mixed Drinks (Liqueurs) M
Chalk P Mud (Allow to dry) P-B
Coffee M Mustard (Allow to dry) M
Cooking Oil A-B Nail Polish L
Crayon A-B Paint – Laytex B
Dirt or Clay P-B Paint – Oil A
Dyes (Blue, Black, etc.) M Pet Food M
Excrement B Shoe Polish A-M
Fruit Juice/Drinks M Soft Drinks M
Furniture Polish M Tar A
Grease – Food A-B Tea M
Grease – Auto A Urine D-M
Glue – White B Vomit B-M
Glue – Hobby A-L Wine B-M
Ice Cream B
Ink – Ball Point Pen A
Ink – India, Marking Pen A-M
Stain Removal Procedures

Match the stain above with the stain removal procedure described below.

Procedure Method
of Cleaning
Procedure A: Apply dry cleaning fluid, use dry towel or cloth. Blot—don’t
rub. Repeat dry cleaning fluid application as above. Blot—don’t
rub. Finish with weighted pad of towels.
Procedure B: Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent (see
cleaning solutions above), use damp towel. Blot—don’t
rub. Apply water—with damp towel. Blot—finish
with weighted pad of towels.
Procedure D: Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent (see
cleaning solutions above), use damp towel. Blot—don’t
rub. Apply ammonia (see cleaning solutions above), use
damp towel. Blot—don’t rub. Apply water—with
damp towel. Blot—finish with weighted pad of towels.
Apply white vinegar (undiluted), only after stain is removed.
Procedure G: Scrape or blot up excess spill. Freeze with ice cubes. Shatter with blunt object such as the back of a spoon.
Vacuum chips away before they melt.
Procedure L: Apply nail polish remover (non-oily acetone type)—use
cotton towel to apply to the spill. Don’t wet through
to carpet backing. Pick up softened material—use
clean white paper towel and push toward center of the
spot to avoid spreading material. Repeat above—soften
and carefully remove a layer of the material each time.
Haste may spread the stain and/or damage the carpet.
Procedure M: Apply detergent solution (see cleaning solutions above),
use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes. Blot—don’t
rub. If stain is removed, finish with a water rinse, blot,
followed with a pad of weighted paper towels. If stain
is not removed, continue as follows. Apply hydrogen peroxide
solution (see cleaning solutions above), let stand 2 to
3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap. Repeat
application of hydrogen peroxide and dry under weighted
plastic wrap until removal is complete. Apply water with
damp towel. Blot—finish with weighted pad of paper
towels. Apply white vinegar (undiluted), only after stain
is removed.
Procedure O: Scrape off excess material. Cover with white cotton
towel or brown paper. Apply warm iron until material is
absorbed. Be sure towel is large enough to cover the stained
area. Take care never to touch the iron to the carpet
as the fiber may melt. Change towel or rotate to clean
area and repeat until all material is absorbed.
Procedure P: Vacuum away as much as possible. Loosen remaining material
by tapping with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Tap with
brush, do not scrub. Vacuum again. Follow with Procedure
B.
Procedure Q: Scrape off excess material. Lightly rub area with a
fresh slice of white bread. Complete removal with Procedure
A.

Water Damage and Plumbing Issues

Water Damage

Water damage isn’t limited to flooded basements and overflowing toilets. Water damage can occur from broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, sprinkler systems, clogged gutters, damaged roofing, cracked foundation, etc. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 13.7 percent of water damage is caused by plumbing issues. Water can cause damage that is as minor as discoloration of ceiling tiles, walls, and carpet or it can cause major damage that damages the structure of your home requiring a complete reconstruction of the affected areas. It is difficult to describe the range of emotions homeowners will feel when a water damage disaster strikes their home. Anxiety and stress are only a couple of the emotions one might feel, not to mention the overwhelming sense of loss. Surprisingly, most water damage disasters are preventable. We recommend following the measures below to prevent potential water damage disasters.

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Plumbing Problems

Plumbing problems are one of the most likely causes of preventable water damage. Everyday wear and tear and extreme heat fluctuations can wreak havoc on your plumbing over time. Even a slow leaking pipe can cause major damage if it is left alone for an extended amount of time. A few things you can do to prevent plumbing problems are:

 

  • Use a drain snake to clean out clogged drains. Harsh chemicals can erode the pipes over time making them more susceptible to cracks later.
  • If you have a garbage disposal attached to your kitchen sink avoid pouring grease or other oily substances down the drain. Grease will accumulate over time and cause clogging. Yes, this even applies to using hot water to pour grease down the drain. The grease will congeal as it moves down the pipe and the water cools causing deeper clogging.
  • Check on any water lines or hoses attached to appliances that function with water. Over time these hoses and lines can become loose or damaged.
  • If your toilets are prone to clogging make sure you stick around after flushing. Nothing is worse than having toilet water flood your home.

Plumbing problems

Plumbing problems

HVAC Systems

No one thinks about HVAC systems being the cause for water damage, but the fact is that with the HVAC system installed inside your home or business can cause a significant amount of water damage. It is important to have the system maintained to prevent broken or clogged pipes.

Gutters and Downspouts

Clean your gutters and check your downspouts for damage at least twice a year or before a large storm. When your gutters become clogged rain water will start to collect and overflow. This can cause damage to your roof, siding, and potential damage your home’s foundation if it puddles next to the house.


Plumbing problems

Maintain Outdoor Plants

Trees can provide cool shade during the hot summer months and shrubs and bushes can be aesthetically pleasing but they can also be the cause of unexpected water damage. Avoid planting trees close to your home’s foundation or near any water lines. Tree roots can be invasive and damage your water lines or crack your foundation as they grow. Branches can also wreak havoc on your roof during strong wind or rain storms. Contact an IICRC certified and professional water damage cleanup team if you are experiencing water problems due to plumbing issues or any other issues.

When Do You Need Mold Remediation?

Flooding due to nature and other causes of water damage are the beginnings of mold growth in your home. It is important that as soon as these events take place, you call someone to have them assess the damage. If your home has been flooded, if your bathtub has overflowed, or if your roof has had a leak, it is likely that you will end up needing mold remediation if it was not dried out properly.


Mold Remediation

Mold Remediation Is Necessary For Your Health

If you have mold anywhere in your home, the first signs of exposure will be your children and your pets. These groups are particularly susceptible to the health complications associated with mold exposure.
This can include breathing problems, rashes, headaches, sneezing, hoarseness, or even just a constant runny or blocked nose. These could be signs of more serious problems.

Mold Remediation

You Could Need Mold Remediation And Not Even Realize It

Even if you cannot see the mold growing in your house, that does not mean it is not there. It often exists in attics and basements and inside walls where you cannot readily see it without some inspection. Mold in these places is especially common and so is mold growth within central heat and air units, which can spread the infection to other areas of your house without you knowing about it.

Cosmetic Mold Remediation Is Also Available

There are some molds that are merely cosmetic in nature, but if you want the value of your home to remain in good condition, it is a good idea to have any kind of mold removed as soon as it is discovered within the house. It may not cause structural damage or cause you health problems, but it can be quite unsightly and is definitely not something that someone who would buy your home wants to see.


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Only Mold Remediation Experts Can Correctly Identify Mold Types

You should never attempt to identify a mold species by yourself without consulting a professional first. One type of mold may look almost exactly like another and sometimes there is no way to tell one from another except by looking at it under a microscope. This type of professional comparison must be made before deciding whether you can continue living in a home with any type of mold growing in it. Many types of mold are harmless, but you can never know without a professional which ones are which.

Dealing with Water Damage

Water, It flows through our homes every day, and we take it for granted as long as it remains safely contained within the pipes. But imagine coming home from work to find that a washing machine hose or an icemaker line has broken loose, or worse yet, returning from a two-week vacation to find that a pipe has frozen and burst in your absence. Now the water we take for granted has become quite a destructive force, insinuating itself everywhere and doing more damage by the minute as it soaks in.

Water Damage

No matter the source, water damage in your home or business is something that needs to be dealt with quickly and correctly. Improper or incomplete drying may have good results now and in the future.
Most water damage situations, with the possible exception of floods and other ground water, are typically covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy. But covered or not, you need to protect your home by taking whatever immediate actions you reasonably can to minimize the damage. This is what the insurance companies call “loss mitigation,” and it is actually a provision of most homeowner’s insurance policies.

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What You Can Do ?

Your first step is always to find and stop the source of the water. If the toilet or washing machine line is leaking, you can shut off the valve that supplies that fixture and stop the leak. If a pipe is broken, it will probably be necessary to shut the water to the entire house until the leak is repaired.

 

leaking
Leaking

Next, do what you reasonably can to minimize the water damage. This can be as simple as wrapping water with towels, or as simple as using a wet / dry vacuum to soak up standing water. Do not, however, take steps on your own if the water contains sewage, such as from a toilet backup. The bacteria in the water can be very dangerous and needs to dealt with using proper protective equipment.

Also, as soon as possible, move contents above or away from the water, either by moving them to another room or by lifting them and setting plastic or even small blocks of wood underneath. Pay special attention to cardboard and paper products that are absorbing water very quickly and also wooden furniture. Most of today’s furniture is made of wood with a thin wood on the chipboard core, and this material will quickly absorb water. Another problem with contents is staining – metal furniture legs will rust and stain carpets, and antique furniture will often bleed stain and dyes onto carpet that cannot be removed.

Dealing with Water Damage

A common mistake is to crank up the heat in an attempt to dry things out. Excessive heat can suck the moisture out of surfaces much too quickly, resulting is secondary damage such as cracking, splitting and warping. This is particularly true with artwork, antique furniture and musical instruments that have a very low moisture content to begin with. All of these items will absorb moisture more rapidly and are even more vulnerable to the effects of heat and rapid drying.

Professional Help

Another crucial element in any water damage situation is to get the help of an experienced restoration contractor as quickly as possible. In all but the most minor of water losses, getting a trained professional with the proper equipment right away can make a huge difference in what can be salvaged. In any situation where there is a lot of water present, you will want to call the contractor out as soon as you have stopped the leak, then begin taking your loss mitigation steps while you wait for them to arrive.

In most situations, restoration contractors use high-speed, non-heated air movers to evaporate the moisture off the surfaces and into the air. Air movers may be placed under carpets or on top of hard floors, or the air may be directed into enclosed wall cavities or under cabinets using special hose attachments.

restoration contractor

As the air movers evaporate the moisture off of surfaces, high-capacity dehumidifiers are used to remove it from the air. Professional dehumidifiers utilize special pumps and drain lines to then move the water they collect safely out of the building. This combination of air movement and dehumidification without excess heat will safely dry most surfaces, and can be used to salvage structural framing, carpet, drywall, wallpaper, wood cabinets and a host of other materials.
Restoration contractors can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Water Restoration,” “Fire Restoration,” or in the carpet section. Your insurance agent will also have a list of qualified people available to recommend.

Prevent flooding basements and leaks with these simple tips

Repair Water Damage with this guide

If left unchecked, water damage as a result of leaks, dampness, seepage and similar problems can cause major home damage. That’s why water damage cleanup done at once is recommended to prevent further problems that may cause you more money and require professional services in the future. Water damage often occurs where we don’t see them like behind walls or under the floors. So it’s best to check these areas regularly before damage gets too big. Most homeowners can handle simple and quick clog fixes and repair of basic toilet trouble but nothing can prepare an amateur or a first-time homeowner for some of these water damage problems.

Plumbing

Before making any plumbing repair, shut off the water supply at either the main valve or the valve nearest the fixture. Because dripping water can cause damage and create electrical hazards, even minor leaks must be repaired by a professional plumber. Small repairs, however, such as a small crack or a waste tubing puncture, can be removed using an electrical tape around the pipe. A rubber pad and a hose clamp can also be used to cover the leak. Secure it with a C-clamp and two same size blocks of wood for larger leaks.

leaks
leaky basement

 

Damp Basement

Waterproofing the interior walls can almost always prevent moisture build-up in the basement. Installing a window exhaust fan can also control humidity inside the room. Clearing any clogged drains and roof gutters can also prevent leaks and seepage in the basement. If flooding is a problem during rainy months, installing a drainage system can combat heavy flooding. You may also regrade areas around the house so that water will flow away from the foundation.

Window Exhaust Fan Basement

Clogged Toilet

Place the cone of your plunger securely over the bowl’s drain hole and pump the plunger up and down vigorously. If this does not dislodge the obstruction, wait for an hour and try it again.

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If plunging fails, crank the auger”s handle clockwise to feed its snake into the hole until it meets the obstruction.  Continue cranking clockwise until the auger’s handle meets the obstruction.If this method does not work, the problem may be the main drain.  Call a plumber if this happens.

Clogged Drain

Before using a commercial drain cleaner, try clearing a sluggish drain with a plunger. If that fails, but there is some flow of water, you can try the drain cleaner. Just be careful in using these chemical drain cleaners as they are caustic and poisonous.

Clogged Drain

Flooded Basement

Excess water needs to be taken out and have the room dry out completely. Sometimes the use of water damage restoration equipment such as dehumidifiers, air machines and blowers, scrubbers for cleaning and even deodorizers are needed to clean and dry the basement properly. Oftentimes, it is best to call a water damage cleanup and restoration company to do the job and can even be less expensive than doing the cleanup yourself.

Flooded Basement

Remove water damaged carpet with these easy steps

Steps to remove water damaged carpet

Carpet will always be one of the first items to become soaked and submerged in floodwater. Once carpet has become water soaked, you will want to act fast and immediately remove the carpet from the floor to begin the process of carpet cleaning and restoration. These steps should only be followed for carpet that has NOT come in contact with sewage water for health and safety reasons. If the floodwater contains sewage water then you have no choice but to discard the carpet as it can contain harmful bacteria and will be hazardous to the health of you and your family. If you are only dealing with rainwater, then cleaning the carpet is a likely choice. Before you start to clean however, you will first have to take different approaches to getting the carpet removed from the home depending on how the carpet is installed.

Water Damaged Carpet


The easiest type of install to deal with in a flood situation is one where the carpet has been simply been laid on the floor and has not been attached using any glues or tacks. All you have to do in this instance is roll up the carpet and take it outside to begin cleaning. If the carpet has been installed using glue or tacks, then the process becomes a bit trickier and timelier but it is still doable. Water damaged carpet that is tacked down needs to have the tacks carefully removed before handling. Tacks are very sharp and can easily be harmful if not handled properly. Once you have the tacks removed, you can roll it up and take it outside as instructed above. Glued carpet that has become water damaged will have to be cleaned inside of the home which means that any flood water will need to be completely removed from the house before carpet cleaning begins.

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Once outside, remove the padding from the carpet and discard it to speed up drying times. Padding is also inexpensive and can be easily replaced. You want to focus your time and energy on cleaning and drying the actual carpet only. A carpet steam machine is highly recommended to use to help clean the carpet and these can either be bought for personal use or rented from local stores. If you do not have access to a steam cleaner, use a scrubbing brush along with carpet shampoo or a cleanser such as Pine Sol and rinse with a garden hose. Make sure to clean both sides of the carpet.

Carpet Steam Cleaning

It may take two or three cleanings to really see a difference, as well as get rid of any lingering smell or stains. You can leave the carpet out in the sun to dry but to help speed up drying times, purchase a wet-dry vac to extract excess water from the carpet. Removing water from carpet won’t happen overnight but as long as the proper techniques are used, you are sure to get your carpet back in shape in a timely fashion.


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Do I Need Flood Insurance?

Does my homeowner’s insurance cover floods?

Floods are one of the most common natural occurrences in the United States and your home does not necessarily have to be in a high risk area to be affected by flooding. According to statistics by the National Flood Insurance Program, there is a 26% likelihood of a flood occurring during a 30 year mortgage term vs. only a 9% chance of a house fire. Your typical homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover damage from floods. This is a fact that many homeowners are unaware of until the flood and damage has occurred. You will have to obtain a separate flood insurance policy offered by the National Flood Insurance Program.

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This type of insurance is usually referred to as “single peril” policy. If you reside in a designated flood prone area, then you are required by law to obtain flood insurance. Flood hazard maps are available to determine an area’s risk. Do not think you won’t be affected by not living in high risk areas. Almost 25 % of the NFIP’s claims for flood insurance are filed in areas with only a low to medium flood risk. If a storm drain or sewer overflows, unexpected floods can occur in any area, whether high risk or low risk.

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A homeowner’s insurance policy only covers damage such as sudden burst in water pipes; not flood damage. If you experience flood damage with no insurance, then you will definitely incur colossal losses.

It is imperative to be equipped with protection from floods that occur with storms, hurricanes and heavy rains. Homeowners should not assume that if their home is not in a high risk area, then they will not be affected by floods. You can obtain proper flood damage insurance by visiting http://www.floodsmart.gov. Being equipped with the right type of policy will help you pay for repairing damage done by flooding.

Fixing Water Damage – Should You Hire a Contractor or Do it Yourself?

Flood damage happens fast and, at many times, unexpectedly especially after a long period of steady and substantial rain. You may end up asking yourself how it happened and how to fix the water damage. What steps should you take? What water restoration equipment to use? Those are all legitimate questions when pondering whether to hire someone or fix water damage yourself in order to restore your home or business to its previous state.

The good news is that you have options!  Deciding to fix water damage really depends on the amount and size of the damage.  This is definitely important when deciding to remove mold that accumulated because of a flood.  Some jobs may just be too extensive for the regular consumer to attack alone and this is when you’ll want to hire someone that provides flood restoration services.

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Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you decide to fix water damage alone:

  • Always remove standing water before attempting to fix damage. Basement sump pumps are great for this and kick into action without any user intervention when flooding occurs. If frequent basement flooding is a problem at your location, consider installing a sump pump for future flooding prevention.
  • You can also use a high velocity air mover to speed up the drying process. Or sit your items outside in an area that will get plenty breezes.

Basement sump pumps

  • Wet items should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. In some cases, you will want to throw out the items that were submerged in flood water like mattresses and stuffed animals. These items soak up water as well as toxins and bacteria. Utensils, dishes, glasses, etc. can be cleaned.
  • Wood should be thoroughly dried and cleaned immediately to help prevent additional mold.
  • Products like bleach are highly recommended for flood damage. Bleach is a powerful disinfectant and can also be used on the mold that is likely to appear.
  • If you prefer, use a commercial cleaner designed for flood cleaning and follow manufacturer’s directions completely.



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Use other equipment like HEPA vacuums, and air purifiers to clean any airborne toxins from the flooding.

 

As long as you have the proper equipment, cleaning supplies and an accurate understanding of the damage then you should have no problem fixing the damage yourself. When the damage is obviously extensive, or even if you decide halfway in that it’s too much, you should hire the services of a water restoration company to handle the job for you.

Want to Keep Your Digital Camera Away From Water Damage? Waterproof it!

Cameras are essential in your life. They capture you and your family’s precious moments, some of which may only happen once in a lifetime. This is the reason why you bring them everywhere with you to the beach, park, pool, games, weddings, parties and many more. Unfortunately, this is also where they may be exposed to the dangers of getting wet or worse, being submerged in water. Spilled drinks cannot be avoided and there is the mist and rain that may also cause water damage to the camera.

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Gone are the days of film cameras; now is the age of digital cameras with microprocessors and complicated electronic components. Water is the number one enemy of electronics. To save on expensive repairs due to water damage, the best thing would be to waterproof your camera. You can buy a waterproof digital camera or if you already have the regular digital camera and do not want to spend more on a new camera, enclose it in waterproof digital camera cases.

Most people buy waterproof digital camera cases only when they have experienced the pain of having to pay for camera repair.  The cases are not standard accessories that come when you purchase the camera.  They have to be bought separately. There are cases that are just water resistant with rubberized shells but have openings for the buttons or lenses meaning that they do not totally protect water from getting in when the camera is dunked in water or exposed to heavy water flow. You need to get the waterproof digital camera cases that can withstand water immersion. However, these cases are typically bulky.

Today, waterproof digital cameras are designed not just to be waterproof but to be dust proof and shockproof as well. Most of these have metal casings instead of plastic ones. Special O-rings seal the openings and working components in order to keep out water, dust and dirt. When scuba diving or snorkeling is one of your favorite activities, a waterproof digital camera gives you the opportunity to take underwater photos or videos. Your photo sessions can expand to include your child’s first swim or his first walk in the rain.

When you have bought either of the two options, the next thing would be maintenance. Always go through the manual that goes with the case or the camera. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in order to achieve what the manufacturer intended the product for. For instance, a grain of sand that goes in the joints of the case or the camera can possibly cause a slight gap in the seal which will affect its waterproofing ability. Or taking out the camera beyond the water depth that it is rated for can possibly result in water getting in due to the pressures of the depth where it was taken to.

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When you are looking for waterproof digital camera cases or the waterproof digital camera itself, always shop around and compare prices. This way, you get what you really need at a price that is commensurate to its reputation, durability and function.

Black Mold Removal: Top 10 Safety Guidelines

How Do I Safely Get Rid of Black Mold?

Black mold from water damage is a toxic substance so every effort should be taken to ensure you and the rest of your home are kept safe during its removal. Here are my top 10 tips for staying safe during your toxic black mold removal.


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Tip 1

Always wear a dust mask! This is the most essential piece of equipment available to you and one that should always be worn. Black mold primarily causes respiratory difficulties. This greatly aid in stopping any inhalation of mold spores and keep you safe throughout the removal.

Tip 2

Full body protective clothing should be worn. No exposed skin should be left as black mold can cause skin irritation. When the mold is airborne when removal begins it can easily land on your skin. Ideally the clothing needs to be removable in the contaminated room after clean up. Sadly you cant remove your skin so spreading it to the rest of the house if protective clothing isn’t warn is a very real possibility.

Tip 3

Goggles and earplugs are a piece of protective gear many people over look. Keep the most dust out of your eyes with safety goggles and prevent any mold entering the body via the ear (which provides good growing conditions) with some simple earplugs.

Tip 4

Evacuate family and animals out of the home before your begin clean up. This prevents any exposure to unprotected relatives.

Tip 5

Take regular breaks during a big black mold clean up. The build up of dust in the air coupled with unavoidable contact can cause dizziness, sweats, coughing fits and headaches. Get some fresh air during these breaks.

Tip 6

Keep all the mold you remove from the area in well sealed bags to ensure you don’t contaminate other rooms whilst dragging it thought the house. If possible create a safe zone where you can drop the full bags out a window to a collection point outside.

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Tip 7

Do not take any items such as protective clothing from the area without cleaning them first. This will ensure you don’t accidentally contaminate another area.

Tip 8

Use air extractors and purifier’s afterword to ensure the majority of airborne mold is removed also.

Tip 9

Keep the area sealed off and separate using plastic sheeting and tape to avoid cross contamination.

Tip 10

Most importantly dry out the area well after clean up is complete. This will stop any mold secretly gaining a foothold and starting the cycle once more.