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Decreasing Mold Spores

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold growth in the corner of a window Mold can do serious damage to your Harbor Island, WA, commercial building

Mold can do serious damage to your Harbor Island, WA, commercial building. Fortunately, carpet cleaning and other preventive measures can decrease the likelihood of your business suffering a mold infestation.

Understanding Mold

In order to prevent mold problems, it is first important to understand what mold needs to thrive. Mold spores are invisible and nearly everywhere, but there are three things that spores need before they can develop:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warmth

Ideal food sources for mold include dust, paper products, and other organic materials. Water can come from leaks, spills, or even high indoor humidity. Most indoor locations are warm enough to support mold growth. Because of the widespread nature of mold-supporting conditions, many businesses will suffer from mold growth at some point.

Preventing Mold
Because many buildings naturally have the conditions necessary to support mold growth, decreasing the number of mold spores present is an ideal way to minimize the chances of a mold infestation. Spores can be brought indoors on the soles of shoes. Having mats at the entryway allows customers and employees to wipe their feet, decreasing the number of spores that make it further into the building. The use of vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and routine carpet cleaning can remove many of the spores that do get into carpet fibers. Cleaning air ducts and running air purifiers can decrease the number of spores floating in the air. HEPA and activated charcoal filters are ideal for this purpose. Certain plant species, such as peace lilies, can also help remove airborne spores.
Although carpet cleaning and other preventive measures can reduce the number of mold spores in a building, they can never be fully eliminated which means there is always a chance of a mold infestation. If your Harbor Island, WA, commercial building suffers mold damage, a certified restoration company can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

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