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Monday, August 21, 2017

Step 1: Safety First!

By the RestorationSOS Educational Staff

If you decide to clean mold by yourself, make sure to follow the safety rules below. If your mold is a result of water damage, be sure to read the safety rules for water damage.

Protective Gear

MOLD - SAFETY RULES. Learn how to safely approach mold and moldy areas and neutralize the common mold hazardsMold is a contaminant, presenting health hazards. Protect yourself during mold clean up using protective gear such as:

  • Disposable plastic gloves.
  • A respirator with a particulate filter, N-95 respirator, or half-face respirator with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.
  • Goggles or protective eyewear.
  • Disposable full-body clothing, coveralls, or a lab coat.
  • Head gear.
  • Rubber boots or foot coverings.

Be sure to use disinfectants to wash hands before eating.

Sanitation

Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces with nonpolluting cleaners and antimicrobial solutions will remove mold and protect against mold growth.

Ventilation

Although proper ventilation is important, minimize air circulation and don't use your ventilation systems if mold is detected in the filters or ducts. Using these systems will disperse the spores and create new mold growth. In addition, mold spores might be inhaled and cause respiratory irritations.

Mold Safety Tips

  • Clean and disinfect moldy areas with nonpolluting cleaners and antimicrobial solutions.
  • Do not use ventilation systems if you suspect they are moldy.
  • Use protective gear.

Recommended Reading
What is Mold?
Dealing with Mold - Step 2: Damage Assessment

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