Everyone knows what mold is, and everyone knows that finding mold in their home is not a good thing. However, the knowledge many people have beyond that is quite limited, and in some cases, it's downright wrong. In order to adequately fight mold and keep it away, it's important that you know the truth. So take a look at these common misconceptions about mold and mold removal.
Misconception #1: If mold is black, it is really dangerous
You've probably heard of toxic black mold and how dangerous it can be. Toxic black mold does exist, but it is not as common as you might think. Not all black mold belongs to the species people are referring to when they speak of "toxic black mold." The specific species to be worried about is called Stachybotrys chartarum. It is quite rare and usually only grows in homes where there has been sustained, consistent moisture and warmth for days on end. Most black mold is Cladosporium or Nigrospora mold, which can cause asthma and allergies but are not overtly toxic. Unless you've been outright sick and your home is flooded, there's really no reason to assume the black mold in your home is Stachybotrys chartarum.
Misconception #2: You should never clean mold up on your own
Major mold growth should be cleaned up by professionals. If you have mold on your walls, floor, or ceiling, you should call in the pros since there's a good chance the mold is also growing behind these surfaces. However, you can absolutely clean up more superficial mold yourself. This includes mold along windowsills, near sinks and showers, and along doors. Just put on a face mask, long sleeves, and goggles to protect yourself while you work. And be prepared to call in the professionals if the mold grows back.
Misconception #3: Bleach will take care of all mold
Yes, wiping down a surface with bleach water is the correct first step in dealing with mold. However, if you stop after this, you'll have mold again before you know it. Bleach does not kill the spores in the air, so as soon as they land on another moist, warm surface, they will grow again. Any effective mold removal effort has to involve removing moisture from the air and from the surfaces and also collecting mold spores from the air. The easiest way to tackle these tasks is to run a dehumidifier and also an air purifier.
Hopefully, you now know a lot more about mold and mold removal. Reach out to a mold removal service if you have any questions.