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Since 1999 I have owned a water damage restoration company. When I started my company I didn’t want to own a national franchise because at that time they all wanted to dictate the equipment, procedures and chemicals that I could use in my business. Instead, I started from scratch, got certified in several areas of the industry, including mold remediation and structural drying, and used the products I considered the best to solve my clients issues.
For several years I used an anti-microbial, Microban Disinfectant Spray Plus, and was very satisfied with the results. Then came a time when I was asked to remediate mold in someone’s home that was extremely sensitive to chemicals and chemical odors. I couldn’t use my “normal” disinfectant because it would have caused health issues for this lady. When using Microban, I was required to wear a respirator and gloves and have the occupants of the house leave for several hours. This would not be appropriate for this case. During my search for a disinfectant that I could use in this chemically sensitive lady’s home, my supplier told me about Benefect Botanical Disinfectant.
Because Benefect Botanical Disinfectant is totally plant-based, I was told that it was safe to use for people with chemical sensitivities. It is EPA registered and is recognized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). It even surpasses Health Canada’s requirements for broad-spectrum hospital disinfectants. As a matter of fact, you won’t find a warning of any kind or a recommended first aid statement on the product’s label. I showed the owner the bottle of what I was going to use and after consulting with her physician, she gave me the okay to use it.
My technicians and I used the Benefect disinfectant in her home to remove the mold from a lower level bathroom’s ceramic tile and from concrete walls in an adjoining area. It worked extremely well, eliminating the mold, and the homeowner had no negative health reactions to the disinfectant. She stayed upstairs on her first floor and away from our work area. She did not feel the need to leave her home during the application process.
Whenever I remediate mold, I first use a HEPA vacuum to remove as much of the mold and mold spores on the affected surfaces that I can. Then I apply the Benefect Botanical Disinfectant with a pump-up sprayer. The product works very well. If the mold has affected large areas of porous materials like drywall or carpet, I will cut out those materials and bag them before removing them from the premises. Then after HEPA vacuuming the areas again, I follow up the vacuuming with another application of the Benefect disinfectant. I like it because it can be applied and then left. It doesn’t require rinsing, wiping away, or follow-up cleaning of any kind.
In my twenty years experience, I have found that most people are not comfortable leaving their home while my technicians and I were inside doing our work. Benefect Botanical Disinfectant solved this issue for me. Plus my technicians and I like the fact that no personal protective equipment like respirators, special clothing, or latex gloves are needed when handling this product. Benefect is not only safer for my clients, it is safer for my technicians.
Gradually, I began using more and more Benefect and less of my other disinfectants. I discovered that not only was Benefect effective on mold and mildew, but it worked just as good when cleaning up contaminated sewage losses. After doing our initial cleanups on sewage losses, we would do a final clean by spraying affected areas with the Benefect disinfectant. The best thing was we didn’t have to go back in and re-clean the areas to get rid of the Benefect. It also eliminates odors by killing the bacteria that cause the odors, and it leaves no lasting odor of its own.
I own two small-breed dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. At night, and whenever I leave the house, I leave the dogs in dog kennels in my mud room. When it’s time to clean the kennels I use Benefect Botanical. Not only does it kill bacteria and odors, it doesn’t leave a scent behind. I feel perfectly safe using it around my pets.
Now days, about the only time I don’t use Benefect Botanical Disinfectant is when I find it necessary to use a fogging procedure for a water-damaged area. These mostly involve crawl spaces, under RVs and mobile homes, or if I am treating an area that has a dirt floor. I’ve never been told I couldn’t use the product to fog with, it’s only on account of my own personal preference that I don’t use it that way.
Benefect Botanical Disinfectant is a great product because it not only kills mold, mildew, bacteria, and virus, but it is also safe to use around chemically sensitive people and pets. You don’t have to worry about chemical odors or evacuating the area or building. People using the product do not have to worry about it coming into contact with their skin because Benefect disinfectant is non-corrosive. It won’t irritate your skin. It should always be used full strength, right out of the bottle. Because you can apply it and leave it, it shortens the amount of time needed to complete your work.
It can be unhealthy and dangerous to attempt to safely and effectively remove mold without professional guidance or training. A very slight air movement can easily spread mold spores throughout a home if proper containment is not first established. Also, the mold or mildew is usually a direct result of some type of water intrusion or higher than normal humidity problem. The source of the moisture should be found and eliminated BEFORE any mold removal is attempted. If the mold or mildew area affected is greater than ten square feet, calling a mold remediation professional is highly recommended. Follow this link to get in touch with a pre-screened mold removal specialist in your area. Their inspection and opinion are always free.
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Written by Mark Huey.
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