Understanding the differences between porous and non-porous materials is important if mold growth becomes an issue in your home. While mold can grow on porous surfaces, it can also grow on non-porous surfaces.
While some molds may not be toxic, others can cause serious health problems. Mold thrives indoors and out, in both moist and dry conditions. Mold reproduces itself by producing microscopic seeds that are easily dispersed by air movement. There are many ways to deal with mold removal, depending on what surface it is growing on.
Common nonporous material in your house are ceramic tile and metal sinks. Glass, metal cabinets, and door handles are also common . Materials that are not porous mean they can’t allow liquid or air to pass through them. The non-porous surface is impervious to mold. How can you get rid of mold on non-porous surfaces like these?
- 1. You can remove as much visible mold from your vacuum as you like with a HEPA filter.
- 2. Spray the moldy area with water-and detergent solution using a spraybot to stop any mold or spores spreading easily.
- 3. You can scrub the affected area with vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit on the surface.
- 4. Then rinse the surface with warm water, and dry it thoroughly.
It is virtually impossible to remove all mold from porous materials. Some examples of porous materials are wallpaper, drywall and carpeting. Wood is considered to be a non-porous material. It is better to dispose of porous materials that are mold-contaminated. The cost of remediating mold contamination would only be justified in the case of fine art or textiles. Mold remediation on porous materials
- You can set up containment. Use 6-mil plastic for separating mold-affected and affected areas. You can use duct tape to seal plastic that covers moldy areas less than 10 feet square. Next, cut out any contaminated areas and bag them for disposal.
- Before you remove any moldy materials from the area, bag them.
- Once the contaminated material have been removed, vacuum it with a HEPA-rated Vacuum
- You can then dry the area using a detergent solution.
- After 24 hours, continue the vacuuming/wiping process.
Before you replace any materials that were damaged, ensure that the area has been fully dried. Any moisture that remains when you do reconstruction will be absorbed into new materials, and mold could return.
Mold Remediation Tips
You should ensure that you take the following precautions, regardless of whether the surface is porous. This is crucial for your health.
- You should wear respiratory protection – an N95 particulate mask is ideal.
- You should wear clothing that is washable and can be disposed of.
- Wear protective eyewear and gloves made of latex.
- Mixing bleach and ammonia can cause toxic gases.
- Always use a HEPA Air Scrubber within your room.