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What to Wear When Cleaning Mold

Always void breathing in mold or mold spores! Wear an N-95 respirator whenever you are performing any kind of mold cleanup. N-95 respirators can look like the familiar paper dust masks you see sold in bulk you see in stores near the painting supplies, but the paper-like N-95 has a nozzle on the front. Other N-95 masks are plastic or rubber and have removable cartridges that trap most of the mold spores from entering your airways. Always wear gloves when cleaning up or removing molds and mildews. The longer the glove the more protection your skin has. Look for the kind that extend to the middle of the forearm. If you are using chlorine bleach, or a strong cleaning solution, select gloves made from natural rubber, neoprene, nitrile, polyurethane, or PVC. Always avoid touching mold or moldy items with your bare hands. Avoid getting mold or mold spores in your eyes and always wear goggles, but not the kind with ventilation holes. Look for goggles that are solid and that don't let any air come through to your face.

You'll know your done cleaning up the mold when you've cleaned up all visible and odiferous traces of the mold, both on the surface and behind and underneath the surface where you found the mold. You'll know that you're really done cleaning it up when you come back a week or a month later and don't find any new mold growth. Once you've cleaned up mold somewhere, always check back regularly to assure that it really is gone. Remember to check during different seasons and weather conditions. The occasional wet summer or damp winter can renew the conditions under which the original mold grew.