Controlling Mold Without Toxic Chemicals

We are sometimes asked about controlling mold without toxic chemicals. Homeowners that are health-conscious and want to remove household mold in order to prevent potentially serious health problems are sometimes also concerned about the potential health risks of the toxic chemicals that can be used to clean up mold. Some homeowners are also concerned about the impact of toxic chemicals on the environment and want to know about eco-friendly mold removal techniques.

Preventing Mold

The first step to controlling mold without toxic chemicals is actually prevention. Preventing mold from developing in the first place is usually easier than cleaning it up once it does begin to grow. There are many safe, effective, and eco-friendly things you can do to prevent mold in your home.

To help prevent the growth of mold:

  • Clean up any water spills or leaks immediately. Use a fan and dehumidifier to help dry damp carpets.
  • Fix any leaky pipes, washing machine hoses, sinks, tubs or toilets as soon as possible.
  • Repair leaky roofs as soon as possible.
  • Turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom when showering or open a window a little. Leave the fan on, or window open, for 20 minutes when you are done.
  • Turn on the exhaust fan in the kitchen when cooking or open a window a little.
  • Don’t carpet bathrooms.
  • Use mold-resistant paint in bathrooms (check the label carefully or contact the manufacturer if you have questions about whether mold-resistant paint is environmentally friendly).
  • Install a dehumidifier in rooms where the relative humidity is frequently greater than 50 percent. Use a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity in your home. To learn more about hygrometers, just follow this link.
  • Have your home tested for mold after any flooding or significant water damage.
  • Inspect your home thoroughly for mold or have your home tested for mold if you notice a tell-tale musty odor.
  • Make sure your rain gutter are not clogged. Clogged gutters can cause water to seep into the attic.
  • Address any mold problems promptly.
  • For more on mold prevention, follow the link.

Of course, sometimes mold develops despite your best efforts at prevention. There are eco-friendly ways to deal with the cleanup, though.

Removing Moldy Materials

While mold can be removed from some household materials, like glass, metal and tile, other porous materials cannot be adequately cleaned and must be removed and replaced instead. Materials that cannot be adequately cleaned include drywall, insulation, carpet, mattresses, and couch cushions. These materials can usually be removed without the use of any toxic chemicals and in that sense, removing and replacing damaged materials is a very eco-friendly mold removal technique. Make sure materials are replaced with eco-friendly materials.

Mold Removal Products

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Of course, removing and replacing moldy materials is not so eco-friendly in the sense that the moldy materials are discarded and cannot be reused. They end up in a landfill. Cleaning materials that can be adequately cleaned cuts down on waste. Many people worry about harmful chemicals used to kill and remove mold, though.

Brian Turner, mold remediation expert and author of A Homeowner’s Complete Guide to Performing Mold Remediation, recommends Seventh Generation cleaning products if you want an eco-friendly product for cleaning up mold. Seventh Generation products are available at many grocery stores, department stores, hardware stores home improvement stores.

For Help Controlling Mold without Toxic Chemicals

If you need help cleaning up mold, or aren’t sure about the best way to control mold without the use of toxic chemicals, we recommend consulting with a mold remediation professional. Some professionals may be more knowledgeable then others about eco-friendly mold removal techniques, so ask about that when scheduling an appointment. Many mold remediation professionals offer free consultations, so you can get some expert advice at no cost to you. To find qualified professionals in your area, just follow the link.

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