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Doctor insights on: How Should I Clean Mold From Walls

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How should I clean mold from walls?

How should I clean mold from walls?

Several steps: [1] protect yourself: mask n95, goggles, gloves, clothing. [2] prevention: what's causing the mold? Where's the moisture coming from? [3] removing the mold: what kind of wall? Different wall types like wallpaper, plaster, wood need different removal than hard surfaces like hard plastic, glass, metal. [4] disinfect. More info found here: http://www.Ag.Ndsu.Edu/pubs/yf/home/ae1202w.Htm. ...Read more

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1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?

Low risk: Black mold is problematic for people with definitive allergies to the mold but, if you're not allergic to the mold just being in the same room with the mold without disturbing the mold should not pose a health risk. There's a lot of hysteria about "black mold" perpetuated by companies that charge exorbitant prices to eradicate it...it's not a big health risk. ...Read more

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How do you kill mold on the walls?

Bleach: bleach is a very effective mold remover for most species of mold on non-porous surfaces. ...Read more

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What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house? I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

What will mold in my house do to me? What are the health effects of black mold in the house?  I have some black mold in my home, which i can't seem to eradicate completely with any level of cleaning.

Respiratory probs: Generaly mold causes respiratory problems, such as runny and congested nose and sometimes asthma. Some individuals also develop sinus disease. Not all black mold is stachybotris, the dangerous mold. Apply bleach to all mold you see and keep the area dry. Mold thrives on humidity, get an dehumidifier and turn it on all the time to dry up the area that grows mold. ...Read more

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Touched black mold, how to get clean and take proper precautions?

Touched black mold, how to get clean and take proper precautions?

A good shower: The toxic effects from molds are often over-exaggerated . A good shower will often take care of it in your situation if that was just a single exposure in an office or home. ...Read more

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How one can safely clean household items with possible mold infection?

How one can safely clean household items with possible mold infection?

Bleach decontaminate: One part chlorox to 9 parts water makes a 10% bleach solution. Immersion of an item in this solution for 5 minutes will typically be effective. Rinse with plain water and wipe dry after treatment. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between black mold and just mildew on my shower wall?

How can I differentiate between black mold and just mildew on my shower wall?

Not much different: Mildew is mold or fungus on moist surfaces. Black mold simply refers to those fungi that have dark pigment. There are literally thousands of mold. The scare over "black mold" is not scientifically proven and while it is good to clean up mold in the home, do not lose sleep over the color. ...Read more

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Cleaned dark mold in car w/ bleach mix and sponge. Small area (4-6 inch). Caused by coffee.Used gloves but no mask. Should I worry about exposure?

Cleaned dark mold in car w/ bleach mix and sponge. Small area (4-6 inch). Caused by coffee.Used gloves but no mask. Should I worry about exposure?

I wouldn't worry:): Using gloves ... good for you! If you did not experience any symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath, I wouldn't worry about the bleach fumes. High concentrations of bleach can cause lung irritation/inflammation which typically heals by itself. If you didn't have symptoms, not a problem. A mask is a good idea, though:) ...Read more

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My car had mold all over from sitting I cleaned but still has musty odor and now I'm Sick chest like cold should I be worried ? I drove for a week

My car had mold all over from sitting I cleaned but still has musty odor and now I'm Sick chest like cold should I be worried ? I drove for a week

Mold treatment: It is not clear that you are ill from an infection with a mold or not. If you have a respiratory infection caused by a mold that is quite unusual and it usually occurs in people whose immune systems are seriously damaged. See a good doc and get an accurate diagnosis before treatment. As to your car, speak to a good mechanic. I treat humans! ...Read more

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My family has alot of black mold in our basement. Is it safe if I were to clean it? Would it affect me?

No risk, no worries: Household molds, "black" or otherwise, have been greatly exaggerated as health threats, especially online. Mold rarely causes signifcant health problems and cleaning the basement probably is entirely safe. ...Read more

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We have black mold in all the windows, bathroom tiles, and even in walls. Can't afford to fix this. What can we do?

Bleach: You can spray bleach on all areas where you see mold, keep the area dry, vent it out and if possible fix the leaky windows. ...Read more

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Was cleaning an apartment with black mold and dead cockroaches, how should I safeguard against any diseases from this?

Was cleaning an apartment with black mold and dead cockroaches, how should I safeguard against any diseases from this?

Cleaning mold/roach: If you do this for a job, please check in with your employer about safety precautions. For the casual home owner, i would recommend eye protection, proper footwear, gloves, and an n95 particulate mask that will filter out most inhalants. Immediate shower and change of clothes afterward is recommended. ...Read more

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I have a mold allergy, how dangerous is it for me to clean the mold in my bathroom? Can you give me instructions on how i can safely remove the mold?

I have a mold allergy, how dangerous is it for me to clean the mold in my bathroom? Can you give me instructions on how i can safely remove the mold?

Not a good idea: Cleaning the molds out yourself may trigger a severe allergic response if you are allergic to the even with a mask. The most important step is stopping the source of moisture. For area under a square foot, Clorox may do the job but not adequate for particle board or dry wall already damaged. If this is from lack of ventilation, use a ceiling fan and/or open window in the bathroom ...Read more

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I found black mold in an apartment i signed a lease to, I have a 9 month old. Is it habitable? Should i move in? I did a quick walk through, signed a lease. Went back to clean before move in date and found black mold near tub... Quite a bit. The apartment

Move: There is no way they can hold you to the lease if you found something during the initial cleaning and before you even moved in. I wouldn't think twice about finding a new place and letting the person who rented you the place why you are not fulfilling the lease. Just make sure you take pictures and/or video. ...Read more

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Infant and young child have been exposed to toxic black mold - it's been in our walls for months maybe years. How do I know if they're ok??

Infant and young child have been exposed to toxic black mold - it's been in our walls for months maybe years.  How do I know if they're ok??

ADL: Activities of daily living.The best way to screen a kid for significant health issues is to consider their activities/eating/sleeping etc.If they act normal for their age group they likely are. There are hundreds of "dark " molds and only a few toxic ones. Individuals can have an atypical allergic reaction to any of them.Much of the lay fear of black mold is media hype. Your doc can sort it out. ...Read more

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How can I clean up. Mold spores without just stirring them around more and what if anything to use besides bleach?how can I kill mold spores?

How can I clean up. Mold spores without just stirring them around more and what if anything to use besides bleach?how can I kill mold spores?

Get a service: If the area involved is rather small , you may attempt to clean it up with bleach then drying by taking the proper precautions (face mask, goggles) unless you are highly allergic to molds. Any material especially dry walls & particle boards contaminated must be removed. The source of water must be corrected. For any area larger than a few square feet, it is best to get a professional to do it. ...Read more