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What If There’s mold On My belongings?

Many times when clients’ tests come back positive for mold growth, the next concern typically is “I think mold may be on my belongings. Can I get rid of the mold or do I have to throw my belongings away?”

The small porous stuff (such as clothing, stuffed animals, bedding, etc.) can easily be washed. You can use your choice of vinegar, bleach, Borax, tea tree oil, or whatever other cleaning agent. But the items need to be washed on the hottest setting possible and permissible. Then hang the items in the sun while still wet to help get rid of germs and odors and to fade any staining.

For small non-porous items (such as toys, dishes, the shower door, etc.), a little elbow grease, some hot water, and your preferred cleaning agent will do the trick. You may even place the item in the dishwasher (remember you can put larger items in by taking out the upper rack). Be sure to thoroughly dry the items with a well-absorbing towel, well-circulating air, or even in the sun.

As far as larger items go, there are a few different options. The first option is to break the item down to try to put items into the washing machine and use a little elbow grease where necessary. Another option is to hire a restoration company to clean the items. You may want to get valuable furniture reupholstered. And if the item is not worth the time or money to clean, simply replace it.

All in all, belongings can be salvaged with proper cleaning. It may take some time and patience, but mold doesn’t mean you need to throw everything away.

About the author

Heidi Aspedon

Heidi joined Mold Inspection Sciences in October 2015 as a customer service representative. In October 2016, she became the assistant office manager, and in 2018 the customer service manager. Part of Heidi’s daily tasks are building rapport with new and past clients, dispatching inspectors, maintaining company records, and many other tasks to aid the office manager. Heidi has over 14 years of customer service experience. From 2013 – 2015 she established her doula business, running the business’s logistics, and maintaining a professional level of education, and serving clients.

Growing up in Iowa, Heidi has been around the military a large portion of her life. She moved to Texas in 2009 and settled in the Austin area in 2015. Heidi has three young boys, ages 5, 4, and 3. She loves to go on motorcycle rides with her significant other and have date nights. One day she hopes to re-establish her doula business.

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