Is Mold Removal the Same as Mold Cleanup?

Home or business owners in Kennesaw facing mold removal have decisions to make. AdvantaClean of Marietta notes eliminating ordinary dirt is usually an obtainable goal by residents using products and tools easily found in local grocery or hardware stores. Commercial spaces are more prominent, but an on-staff or contracted cleaning service comfortably handles the tasks with cleaning solutions and equipment scaled for the circumstances. Will residents and commercial housekeeping crews have similar successes with a microbial infestation? Or will professional mold remediation from a certified firm such as AdvantaClean of Marietta be preferable? Review the considerations below before making your choice.

How to Clean Ordinary Dust and Debris

Dust found in our homes and businesses comes from various sources. In homes, two-thirds of the dust arrives from the outdoors, on feet (or paws, if pets are involved), clothing, and even hair. Pollen and fungal spores are tiny hitchhikers, joining the leaf litter, sand, and dirt tracked inside. Additional sources of household dust include:

  • Sloughed-off dead skin cells and human hairs

  • Dust mites

  • Clothing and carpet fibers (lint)

  • Pet hair and fur

  • Bacteria and viruses

  • Soot (from cooking, fireplaces and wood stoves, and candles)

  • Microscopic bits of plastic

Commercial spaces contain all of the above, plus operational debris specific by industry. Nearly all these soils can be mopped, swept, or vacuumed in residences and businesses. Raised or vertical surfaces wipe or scrub clean, usually with a boost from a water-based cleaner. Occasionally detergents or solvents might be necessary if the residues are composites or completely oil-based. Anyone knowledgeable about basic cleaning methods can do these jobs.

What Makes Mold Cleanup Different?

The soils mentioned above are typically lifeless particles, with a few exceptions, notably bacteria, dust mites, and viruses. Even those exceptions can be killed with widely available pesticides and disinfectants. Their dead debris is then collected and discarded.

We mentioned spores are a component of commercial and household dust. As long as the spores are dry, they clean up like any other particles. However, if spores encounter and absorb moisture, they generate fungal organisms we know as mold, growing and spreading. Once the fungi begin multiplying, ordinary cleaning is inadequate for many reasons:

  • The hyphae, root-like extensions developed during fungal growth, infiltrate and begin consuming porous building materials and contents, unreachable by wiping, sweeping, or vacuuming.

  • Diluted bleach solutions, frequently and inappropriately suggested for fungal cleanup, do not absorb far enough into affected materials to kill all the hyphae--surface staining lightens, but the organisms continue reproducing deep inside.

  • The water (usually more than 90 percent of a bleach solution) feeds the fungus, worsening the situation.

Why Choose Professional Mold Removal?

AdvantaClean of Marietta arranges for training and certification of our remediation crews through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI). Best practices developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mastered by our technicians support effective mold removal:

  • Consistent use of safety procedures, including personal protective equipment (PPE) for technicians and negative air pressure-sealed work areas to prevent drift of moldy residues during remediation

  • Location of all colonies, including within building cavities

  • Mechanical removal of surface mold and planned demolition of irreparably infested porous structural components and contents 

  • Controlled media blasting (with soda, dry ice, corn cobs) of some porous materials if the AdvantaClean of Marietta team determines the hyphae within can be incapacitated 

  • Double bagging of moldy materials for disposal off-site following local regulations

  • Wipe down and HEPA-filtered vacuuming to remove all lingering residues.

  • Application of EPA-registered antimicrobials to inhibit reinfection

AdvantaClean of Marietta has the highly-qualified mold removal technicians and specialized equipment needed for residential and commercial fungal remediation in Kennesaw. Our trained crews reduce your stress with their professionalism and rapid results.

Contact AdvantaClean of Marietta at (404) 474-8443. Schedule an assessment for mold cleanup in Kennesaw at your earliest convenience.

AdvantaClean of Marietta

(404) 474-8443

2265 Roswell Rd #100

Marietta, GA 30062

 

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