CDC offers tips for mold cleanup (9/24)
The CDC offers the following tips for the safe cleanup of mold and prevention of mold growth.
- Clean up and dry out the building quickly (within 24-48 hours).
- Open doors and windows, and run fans to facilitate rapid drying. Fans placed in windows need to blow out.
- Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried.
- Examples of these items include: carpeting, carpet padding, and upholstery; insulation materials, drywall, and wallpaper; leather, paper, and wood; some clothing.
- To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water.
- To remove mold from hard surfaces, use commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Use a stiff brush on rough surfaces like concrete.
- When cleaning areas greater than ten square feet, refer to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled: Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings at www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html. This guide includes useful information for buildings of all sizes.
- Follow manufacturer′s instructions when using bleach or other cleaning products.
- Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
- Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
- Wear non-porous gloves and protective eyewear.