As many of you know, I am big into data. Maintenance, products, health and safety are just a few of the topics I will be discussing in these upcoming newsletters. Usually most newsletters start off with the standard information, gradually building to the topic you have all been waiting for. Well, wait no longer because today we are going to discuss…Mold. I know, great isn’t it?
First things first.
Clean and dry = no mold.
According to the Carpet and Rug institute’s white paper, if you do not have moisture, you probably do not have mold.
What, you may ask, is the reason there is mold in the first place? Thanks for asking. Mold spores are everywhere. They take about 48 hours to germinate if the conditions are right. Mold helps organic materials decompose, returning materials back into the environment and returning carbon back into the Earth. Organic materials include paper and wood products, natural fibers, food and many types of soils. This is a good thing. Although many mold spores are allergens, they are mostly effective in high concentrations which means they have been growing for a while. Small amounts on surfaces generally do not cause a problem. A little bleach is all it takes to kill them. Molds love dark, damp habitats. Basements, attics crawl spaces and areas behind furniture can provide the kind of stagnant atmosphere they need. They need organic materials to survive. They do not eat tile, granite, or other types of countertops. Like most living things water is essential. So make sure you check your plumbing (Including any hidden pipes behind the dishwasher etc) for any small leaks. Keep air circulating in your home or work area also. What does mold look like? Next time, of course.