Safely Preventing Mold
Safely Preventing Mold Growth Cleanup - Dry out the building quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Open doors and windows. Use fans to dry out the building. • When in doubt, take it out! Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold growth and should be removed from the home. Porous, noncleanable items include carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, clothing, leather, paper, wood, and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold may cause allergic reactions in some people. • To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. • Homeowners may want to temporarily store items outside of the home until insurance claims can be filed.
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