The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) defines mold as a type of fungus that releases spores by the millions. Some produce mycotoxins, which adversely affect the health of people. Clearly, mold cleaning is at the top of your to-do list when you see it spread in your home or business.
Unfortunately, a failure to understand the nature of mold frequently results in cleaning attempts that turn into mistakes.
- Useless cleaning agents. Using whatever cleaners you have on hand is not going to eradicate the mold. It may let you scrape some of the visible fungi off walls, but it does not actually kill the remainder. As a result, you actually spread the spores and fungi.
- Dangerous cleaning agents. In the alternative, you may be using cleaning agents that are hazardous to use in uncontrolled conditions or without proper safety equipment. Doing so may kill the mold, but it can also harm your skin and your lungs.
- Treating a recurring problem. When you repeatedly concentrate your mold cleaning efforts on the same area, there is a good chance that you are missing the big picture. Fungi appearing on the surface of your wall may actually stem from an infestation that is inside your wall’s pores or behind the tiles.
If you have been making these mistakes, call in the professionals at ServiceMaster Quality Services. The risk of suffering from health problems associated with mold exposure is too great to try hit or miss approaches. Experts who are certified in the science of mold remediation follow a strict protocol that eliminates the fungi at the root. Contact us today to learn more about professional mold cleaning services for your home, office or business.