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Old 02-06-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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mold removal??.

Any suggestions on mold removal??.

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Old 02-06-2011, 07:59 AM   #2
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Depends on the surface. If it can stand it, a stout solution of Clorox and water and a stiff bristle brush.


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Old 02-06-2011, 08:10 AM   #3
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You can also buy a moldicide at Home Depot. If it is not bad, you can spray woth vinegar and water.

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After yrs of neglect by sadly me,I am going to look at this as a leaky roof that needs the rug torn out and start all over.The channels in the slide windows is one spot I can think of right off the bat.I have read where companies that do mold removal in homes use a sand blaster type and baking soda as a media.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:02 PM   #5
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Costco is selling a product called "Wet & Forget". I've been using it on our backyard fencing which lookes like it was painted green. Washington IS the "Evergreen State", but I don't think it means mold!.

You mix it 1 part of the liquid to 5 parts water, so it's fairly economical, It works just like the name says - you spray it on and walk away. Two days later and the mold is gone.
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Don't spray bleach and water on it, that has a very high surface tension and will just disperse mold spores in to the air and your lungs ad a little dishsoap with it helps, there is better products Moldex is good. Scrub best you can dry thoroughly and seal with something like Kilz or any oil base primer.
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Fleamarketer, go with the biocide.
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home | Mold | US EPA
Hidden Mold | Mold | US EPACleanup and Biocides

Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup. There may be instances, however, when professional judgment may indicate its use (for example, when immune-compromised individuals are present). In most cases, it is not possible or desirable to sterilize an area; a background level of mold spores will remain - these spores will not grow if the moisture problem has been resolved. If you choose to use disinfectants or biocides, always ventilate the area and exhaust the air to the outdoors. Never mix chlorine bleach solution with other cleaning solutions or detergents that contain ammonia because toxic fumes could be produced.
Please note: Dead mold may still cause allergic reactions in some people, so it is not enough to simply kill the mold, it must also be removed.

You probably only have the standard, run of the mill mold. If you had toxic "black mold", you would know it. It looks like something from a horror movie. The power washing is for the black mold. Make sure everything dries out well after treating. You may want to treat twice after letting it dry out, just to make sure you get it all. Once everything dries very well, paint with KILZ (two or three coats) making sure the paint dries very well between. Don't rush it. If you paint over the KILZ, use a paint with a mildewcide (you can have it added to any paint).
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Here's the unvarnished truth. Unless the mold is on a metal or fiberglas, you just can't get rid of it.

It may be invisible to the naked eye after any treatment. Get a swab from a professional mold control company and let them test it.

Some molds are dangerous from as far away as 20'. I suggest you reseach (Google, for example) mold before tackling this job. Mold in the lungs is a disaster.

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20 Mule Team Borax. Find it in the store mix 2-3 cups with gallon of hot water and apply to surfaces. When the solution dries on wood the borax crystal penetrate and grow into the wood. After solution dries repeat twice allowing to dry each time. Mold will not return. It's cheap and it WORKS. Find you source of moisture first. That's how the mold started. Not just from a leak but can form because of your daily activities producing moisture.

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