New - from the State of Florida - Florida Mold
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Mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears.
Persons who clean the mold should be free of symptoms and allergies. Small
areas of mold should be cleaned using a detergent/soapy water or a commercial
mildew or mold cleaner. Gloves and goggles should be worn during cleaning. The
cleaned area should then be thoroughly dried. Throw away any sponges or rags
used to clean mold.
If the mold returns quickly or spreads, it
may mean you have an underlying problem, such as a water leak. Any water leaks
must first be fixed when solving mold problems. If there is a lot of mold
growth, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's booklet: Mold
Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. It is available free by
calling the EPA Indoor Air Quality Information Clearinghouse at (800)
438-4318, or on the Internet at www.epa.gov/iaq/molds/mold_remediation.html.
If the moldy material is not easily cleanable, such as drywall, carpet padding
and insulation, then removal and replacement may be necessary.
Without water mold growth cannot start, much less
multiply and spread. The easiest way to prevent the mold from gaining a
foothold is to control dampness. Keep your home clean and dry.
When water stands for even 24 hours,
common molds can take hold. Keeping humidity levels below 60% and
venting moisture from showering and cooking to the outside are several
ways to prevent the conditions that can lead to mold growth. Other
Clean and dry up spills within 24
Dry out wet building materials and
carpets within 24 hours
Use an air conditioner or a
dehumidifier to reduce the indoor humidity levels below 60%. If
you have a central air conditioning system and need a dehumidifier
to reduce relative humidity below 60%, you should have the air
conditioning system examined for problems
Do not carpet bathrooms or
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