Blue mold or bluish-green mold is usually some form of penicillium, the same type of mold from which the antibiotic penicillin is made. The blue colored mold is often found growing on food, but it can also be found growing on household materials like wallpaper, insulation, and carpeting that have been damaged by water. It can also be found on furnishings that have suffered water damaged, like couch cushions and mattresses.
The fact that penicillin is made from the mold penicillium does not mean it is healthful to be around penicillium. Breathing the spores from the blue colored mold can cause health problems, including allergic reactions, inflammation of the lungs, and sinus infections. People with conditions like asthma and emphysema are more susceptible to mold-related illnesses, as are the very young and the very old, but anyone can be affected.
If you have health problems you think might be caused by exposure to mold, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can perform allergy tests or other tests in order to make a diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate treatment. In order to fully recover, though, you’ll need to clean up the mold in your home.
Penicillium mold spreads quickly and easy throughout the home so if you spot some blue colored mold, you should take care of it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, since blue mold spreads so rapidly, if you spot some in one area of the home it’s quite likely some is already growing in other parts of the house, as well. Before you can clean it up, you have to find it. Since mold often grows in places where it cannot easily be seen, like inside walls and in heating and ventilation ducts, we suggest having a professional come in to test your home for mold. Certified mold testers can conduct specialized tests to locate all areas in the home where mold is growing. For a list of certified mold testers near you, just follow the link.
You can remove mold from non-porous surfaces like metal, glass, bathtubs, toilets, and tile floors with an antimicrobial cleanser, like Foster 40-80. It’s usually not possible to remove mold completely from porous surfaces, though, such as wood, drywall, ceiling tiles, insulation, and carpeting. Those materials will need to be removed from the home – very carefully, in order to prevent spreading mold to other areas during the removal process – and replaced with new materials.
You should wear an N-95 respirator mask while cleaning up mold in order to protect yourself from inhaling any microscopic mold spores, which can cause health problems. Many mold remediation experts also recommend setting up negative pressure in your work area, too, especially if you are dealing with a large amount of mold. This may be an especially good idea when dealing with the mold penicillum, since it spreads so easily. You can follow the link for more details on the mold removal process.
As you might have gathered by now, cleaning up penicillium mold can be a complicated task. We recommend making an appointment for a free consultation with an experienced mold remediation professional, who will come to your home, inspect the situation, and advise you about the work that needs to be done. Even if you end up deciding to tackle the job yourself, you will benefit from some free professional advice. If you’re dealing any mold-related health issues, though, you should talk to your doctor before trying to clean up the mold yourself; your doctor will probably advice you to hire a professional. For a list of mold remediation professionals offering free consultations near you, just follow the link.