The Fundamentals of Mold Restoration

Perfect Environment for Mold Growth

After a fire or flood disaster, every property owner should give priority to dealing with possible mold development and the restoration of the affected items.  Mold spores can develop rapidly, as fast as within 24 hours.  If it is left unchecked for more than a day or two, it could cause much damage to its hosts.

What is Mold?

Molds belong to the fungi family or microorganisms and under the right conditions such as dampness and humidity, can thrive rapidly on any surface it settles on.  You will be surprised to see colonies of mold developing on your furniture or flooring.  Even in instances when you think you have cleaned up area, you will be confounded to see them growing again, given the right conditions. The presence of molds in large quantities and for over an extended period will not only destroy materials, but it can also pose a health hazard, especially for children. They can develop asthma as they become adults. Thus, dealing with mold growth as early as possible is advisable. Following are some tips on how you can deal with mold and mildew growth after a fire or flood disaster.

Water Damage Restoration Contractor for Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is a task for a professional licensed mold remediation contractor because of the health risk it poses. Additionally, the water-soaked materials might have considerably weakened the structure making it unsafe to touch or step on right after the disaster. However, mold and mildew can proliferate within 24 hours so that professionals with the skills and know-how will know how to immediately deal with the cleanup of the affected premises safely and efficiently. Your inexperience and lack of training regarding the characteristics of molds and mildew can lead to further damage to the items you are trying to restore and even endanger your health and well being.

If you Must Try Mold Remediation Yourself

However, considering that you have just been economically devastated because of the recent disaster, you might decide to cut on the cost of restoration service and undertake the mold remediation process yourself.  Try to do it with caution, keeping to the following steps as much as possible:

  • Clean the area and the affected items as thoroughly as possible to rid them of soil and grease which is a likely breeding ground for molds
  • Use industrial strength cleaning agents such as trisodium phosphate (TSP) to clean up ash, soot, and other fire residues.
  • After cleaning, dry all the items thoroughly
  • Install industrial strength electric fans and dehumidifiers to hasten the removal of excess water
  • Items made of heavy fabric such as carpets or draperies should be hanged or aired for thorough drying and to deter mildew and mold development
  • If still possible, acquire an electrostatic air cleaner to get rid of mold spores from the surroundings

Do It Yourself  Mold Remediation is Seldom Successful Successful

Mold remediation done by the homeowner is seldom successful. So, for the best result, a professional mold remediation contractor should be hired not only because of their expertise but also because of the professional equipment they are using.  You can get more information on mold remediation services from your local professional water damage and mold remediation company.

 

Caring For Your Hardwood Floor

Tips On How To Maintain Your Hardwood Floor’s Quality

Hardwood floors are the latest trend in many modern houses today. Rather than looking ancient, these type of flooring fits perfectly with many modern furniture and fixtures. It is true that they look luxurious and elegant and will accentuate the beauty of your home’s interior. But you have to take extra care in maintaining its quality look. Merely cleaning them with standard household tools and methods might ruin the floor rather than maintaining its quality. Here are some tips to get you started.

Use Hardwood-Friendly Cleaning Agents

One tip is to avoid concentrated solutions in cleaning your hardwood floor. These chemicals can destroy the physical appearance of your hardwood by making them look worn and dull. To maintain the quality, use only prescribed pH solutions. It’s advisable to wipe them dry after you apply these cleaning agents. When applied to your flooring, they can give it the necessary shine that makes hardwood famous. But if you leave them there long enough, they will easily corrode into the material and cause irreversible damage.

Use Soft Materials Only

It is very important to use soft materials when cleaning your hardwood floor to avoid scratches and abrasions. Avoid using straw brooms but use soft-bristled ones instead. You may also want to use vacuum cleaners first before sweeping the floor to remove the heavy dirt and grime, and leaving the rest to be swept off. Use soft-bristled attachments on your vacuum cleaner too, just in case! When using cleaning agents, it’s advisable to use damp mops with soft heads or sponges. If you are using cloths, go for cotton instead of other materials. You might want to shake off excess solid particles as an extra precaution. You should mop your floor daily to keep it shiny and beautiful. Note, however, that wet mops can cause damage instead of cleaning. Only slightly dampen your mop to avoid unnecessary moisture.

Never Leave Stain

Like marble, liquid stains are one of the enemies of your hardwood floor. Spillage of acidic substances like vinegar, alcohol, and wine can significantly damage your floor, far worse than water stains. If left unchecked, it can cause spots and blemishes that will be almost impossible to remove. Make sure that you mop them up quickly before they do any damage. Hardwood floors are expensive and can significantly increase the value of your home, but hardwood can be susceptible to external causes that can be a threat to its overall quality. Following the tips above can significantly reduce the risk of such problems ever occurring on your precious floor.