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  • 6 Remediating mold damage (41)
    Remediation best practices, and professionals willing to do the work. Modified:
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    • 4 Remediation Companies (2)
    • 4 Tools needed (3)
      • Ionic Breeze Germicidal Air Purifier---by Sharper Image   Recommended by Dr. Richard Lipsey
      • Hapa filter from gazoontite  
      • Hapa vacuum   Miel makes a great product
    • 4 Remediation process (23) Very complicated. You only want to go through this once. Here's the advice we received from a professional remediation company.
      • Mold shows in black light?  
      • 6 Pre-Cleaning (7)
        • When cleaning remaining goods, hepa air scrubber should be running and moving air out of the apartment.   It costs approximately $125/day to rent one.
        • Throw away as much paper as possible.   Photo copy the important stuff. This is what takes the longest to clean. Each piece of paper needs to be hepa vacuumed and even then it might not be clean.
        • They recommend throwing away bulky items such as pillows, comforters, mattresses, thick blankets.   They mentioned that fleece is a sticky fiber, and that's why we've been having some problems. They gave us the contact number for a company that specializes in cleaning clothing that has been exposed to mold. They are in the bay area. Anything with mold growth has to be thrown away.
        • They also recommend throwing away baskets, as they are difficult to clean.  
        • Rugs are nearly impossible to clean.   They had an instance where a $15K rug was cleaned 4 times and the toxins were still present.
        • Electronics need to be opened up and cleaned by another set of professionals who dip them in some kind of stuff (not sure exactly how it works).  
        • They said that most insurance companies loose in court cases, even if mold was not part of coverage.   You might be OK, because you can claim water damage. I hope that you will be able to recover at least part of the costs.
      • Go through all the items you do not need   Purge everything that does not add value and is not used. It is not worth the price of cleaning.
      • Rent a hepa air scrubber   $129/day
      • Send all clothing to cleaners   - wools to drycleaners, - cottons and other washables to a professional laundy place. All items should be removed from the home while the other items are being cleaned.
      • Send shoes to a shoe cleaning place   - Again the shoes should not be in the home
      • Send hats to a hat cleaning place, that can steam clean them and shape them  
      • Contract an electronics cleaner   Electronics have specilal needs. They will be dipped in chemicals and vaccuumed on the inside
      • Dispose of rugs   How??????????????????
      • Dispose of mattress   How???????????????
      • Dispose of pillows, comforter, etc...  
      • To clean large cloth items such as couches. Each section needs to be vaccuumed with a hepa vaccuum 4 times.  
      • Wooden surfaces need to be wiped down with a lint free cloth. Only one wipe per cloth surface, in one direction.   Cloth should be folded several times and each area should be used only once. The cloths should then be washed to remove the mold and any residue. The surface then needs to be hepa vaccuumed
      • Papers should be vaccuumed on each side with a hepa vaccuum  
      • Each washable item should be hand washed or washed in a dishwaser, so that all the mold is removed from the surfaces.  
      • After the remediation an environmental hygienist should re-test the environment to see if there is mold present.  
    • 4 Remediation Recommendations (1)
    • WonderBoard   Sheetrock can be replaced with WonderBoard concrete wall board.
    • Textbook by William Beasely on Mycotoxins   When mold dries out, 40,000 times more mycotoxins are produced.
    • Better Weapons Coming In War Against Toxic Mold »  
    • Mold in my home: What do I do? »  
    • 3 steps to a safer home »   Mold information from the Golden State.
    • 4 Mold in Schools (1)
      • If the school is not responsive   contact: Superintendent Board of Education members other parents Call the Mayor, then Call your local Health Department An attorney The newspaper State Health Dept and have other parents call form a committee Environmental protection agency
    • Mold in Indoor Workplaces »   Good remediation guidelines from the California Department of Health Services.