Moisture problems and flooding inside your home can destroy many materials and surfaces inside your home. Some surfaces inside your home can be easily cleaned and others must be discarded, as the mold growth cannot be properly removed and spores can remain behind. Here are some tips to help you clean up and remedy mold growth on wood surfaces inside your home:
Take Safety Precautions
When you are cleaning up mold after moisture problems or flooding, it is important to protect yourself from exposure to mold spores. Inhaling mold spores can cause many different health complications, some of them causing serious conditions.
Wear rubber gloves, wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, rubber boots or other protective water-proof covering for your feet, and a breathing respirator. Also be sure to keep the area in which you are working well-ventilated by opening a window or door.
When you are going to be discarding items with mold growth upon them that cannot be cleaned, such as drywall, insulation, and flooring, place the items into a plastic bag, preferably double-bagged, then seal the bags. This is to protect you and others from exposure to the mold growth even after you have tossed it out. Discard the bagged items into a dumpster or other trash disposal method.
Clean and Dehumidify Wood Surfaces
Mold growth upon wood surfaces, such as wood furniture, cabinets, flooring, and baseboards can be completely cleaned of mold growth and any mold spores. As long as the wood has not become warped from the moisture, you can salvage it for continued use in your home. Warped wood can often be kept if when it dries it goes back to its original form.
Mix up a combination of water with bleach, then wipe off any visible mold growth from wood surfaces, using a rag or sponge that you can discard when you are finished cleaning up. Don't dry off the cleaned wood with a towel, but instead allow the bleach and water solution to air dry upon the wood surface. This will kill any remaining mold spores present on the wood.
Wood flooring that has become moisture damaged should be dried out after you remove the mold growth. Direct a fan onto the surface of the flooring. It is also necessary to dry the underside of the flooring to avoid additional mold growth. Remove several planks of hardwood flooring to dry beneath the floors, or direct the fan onto the underside of the floors by going through the ceiling beneath the flooring. Remove wet baseboards from their wall to allow proper drying. Turn on your home's heating system to help remove humidity from your home.
Use these tips to help you clean up after moisture problems with mold growth. Contact a company like Colfax Corporation for more information and assistance.