How to Limit Mold Exposure
McCool Bhuta ENT

How can I limit my exposure to mold?

  • Discard all old newspapers, magazines, books, old furniture, bedding, and clothing; eliminate dusty areas.

  • Moisture proof the basement or crawl space and keep these areas dry with a dehumidifier; maintain adequate ventilation.

  • Remove the house plants, aquarium, herbarium, and dried flower arrangements from the home.

  • Brush and air work clothes outdoors and wash them frequently. Those who work in saw mills, dusty factories, mattress and furniture workers, upholsterers, farmers and botanists may consider changing clothes before entering the house.

  • Clothes dryers should be vented to the outside.

  • Feather pillows may be tumble dried at 160 degrees for a few minutes to get rid of the dust and mold spores.

  • Allergen-proof encasing may be used to cover pillows and mattresses.

  • In the cold climates, snow on the roof may melt, drain down to the eaves, and run up under the shingles to get into the attic. This may result in massive mold growth. Prevent this by sweeping snow from the roof; use a de-icer in the eave troughs and drains.

  • Air conditioning in the home, care and business will help to cut down circulating spores.

  • An electrostatic precipitator will eliminate most of the circulating spores and will help greatly in maintaining a clean home.

  • Keep clothes closets well ventilated and dry.

  • Upper level bedrooms or apartments are drier than basement rooms.

  • Peeling of exterior paint, or moldy, mildewed or discolored inside walls indicate moisture in the wall, and may be eliminated by a vapor barrier.

  • An allergy mask may be worn when working or cleaning highly contaminated areas.





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