Depending on how large the area is, you might be better off leaving it to a professional than to do it yourself. Professionals have the right equipment and the right personal safety equipment to make sure they always stay safe. However, if the mold spread is small enough and manageable then here is what you can do. Before you undertake this DIY project, you must make sure that you are adequately protected and prepared by having the following items at hand. Without these items, continuing with your own DIY mold remediation project is highly discouraged!
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Pants that cover the entire leg
- Closed shoes (no open-toe shoes)
- Respirator mask
- Air circulation at all times
- Plastic sheet/tarp
- Plastic bag to dispose of the sheet
- HEPA Vacuum
After you are all geared up and ready to go it is important that mold gets spread by microscopic particles called spores. To get rid of the spores and all the other debris close to the mold you want to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA filters are used to get rid of microscopic particles that cannot be sucked out with a normal vacuum. It is specially designed to get rid of airborne allergens. Mold can be very dangerous and can cause serious complications.
Next what you want to do is to use borax. Borax is a very useful cleaner often used to killed ants. It is a very safe alternative to bleach which you do not want to use on wood since it has abrasive properties. You need to mix about a teaspoon with a cup of water and stir thoroughly.
Layout a plastic sheet or tarp that covers the whole work area
Turn on your dehumidifier while doing this. With a wet toothbrush, slowly and gently scrub away the mold of the sheathing/plywood. You will see particles of mold falling onto the tarp.
To make sure that the mold is fully removed, you can buy fine-grit sandpaper. The range should be 100 to 200. To make sure you get all the mold removed, run it slow on the cleaned surface after the borax-water solution dried.
If the issue still persists, it is time to call the mold remediation specialists from Attic Insulation Toronto. We are a tight-knit crew humble in numbers who are certified to remove mold from attic spaces using the latest methodologies that will guarantee results! To find out more about the mold removal process, call our customer support team from Attic Insulation Toronto for affordable high-quality services!