Mold and Mildew Management

What is Mold?

Molds are fungi and they are found pretty much everywhere. Molds are found indoors, outdoors – all year round.

Concerns About Indoor Exposure to Mold Have Increased

Indoor air quality concerns have stemmed from public awareness that exposure to mold may cause or contribute to a variety of adverse health effects.

Some Adverse Effects of Mold Exposure

Exposure to mold may cause or contribute to watery eyes, congestion, coughing, skin irritation, asthma and other respiratory problems.

Combating Mold Spores Growth

Molds are usually not a problem unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing.

Typically, Molds Need Three Conditions to Grow:

  • Moisture from humidity, leaks or flooding
  • Nutrients (organic materials that can act as a food source)
  • Optimal temperatures – generally between 64○ – 92 ○ Fahrenheit

Getting Rid of Mold

Controlling and eliminating mold spores are extremely difficult. This process is referred to as mold remediation. Be wary of product claims. There is a difference between controlling and eliminating mold!

There is a Difference Between Products That are “cides” and “stats”

Read the label!

Products that are “cides” (i.e., mildewcide, virucides, germicides, etc.) actually kill the problem at the source. A good way to remember this, is to correlate the word homicide to the “cide” products. They kill the mildew, virus, germs, etc.

Products that are “stats” inhibit the expansion or growth of the problem. For example, a mildewstat product will control the growth of mildew, but not kill the mildew altogether.

There are Three Basic Types of Chemicals Used in Mold Remediation

Mold Fungicides are Mold “Killers”

The most important products in mold remediation are the mold fungicides whose primary purpose is to kill mold and mold spores. Mold killers may also double as a cleaner or a preventative.

Mold Cleaners Remove Visible Mold Growth and Stains Caused by Mold

Mold cleaners are designed to remove mold and mildew stains and make surfaces look clean. The most common mold cleaners are bleach-based. While bleach based products do a decent job of removing stains, they will not prevent mold from returning.

Mold Preventatives are Products Which Help Prevent Future Mold Growth

Mold Preventatives provide protective barriers that make it difficult for the mold to attach to surfaces and grow. Scrub n Shine’s Mold Control Products provide an invisible antimicrobial barrier that provides ongoing protection from mold. This invisible barrier encapsulates and crushes mold spores that try to take root.

Scrub n Shine Uses Products that Effectively Eliminate Existing Mold and Inhibit Mold Regrowth!

Most of our mold remediation products are EPA registered and can be used on virtually all surfaces including wallboard, wood, plaster, concrete, metal, tile, grout, fabric upholstery and furniture.

New Odorless Encapsulating Formula is Safe and Effective

One of our innovative products utilizes an exclusive tri-salt polymer formulation that crushes and encapsulates mold spores, leaving behind an invisible antimicrobial barrier that provides ongoing mold protection.

This odorless solution contains no harsh chemicals and requires no special handling or personal protective equipment. Just one application should be satisfactory on most surfaces. More frequent applications may be required in areas where excessive humidity, condensation or constant exposure to moisture are present.

Here are a Few Mold Prevention Tips

  • Fix leaks in plumbing and the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Don’t let foundations remain wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problems(s) as soon as possible
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outside air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances such as dryers to the outside where possible.
  • Places that are often damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there is some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seem to reappear, increasing ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30 – 50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.

Contact us to discuss your situation. We can help!