Treating Mold After Flooding
Aggressively control mold in the weeks and months after the flood.
- When power is available, continuously use air conditioning (or heat in winter) plus a dehumidifier, if possible, to remove humidity.
- In an unair-conditioned home, open windows and use fans to circulate air.
- Turn on electric lights in closets, and leave doors open to facilitate drying.
- Try to reduce activities that add moisture to the indoor air, and use exhaust fans when cooking and bathing.
Removing Mildew from Household Articles and Upholstery
Avoid disturbing and spreading mold spores indoors. Clean mildewed items outdoors. Learn and take precautions to minimize exposure to mold.
- Use a HEPA vacuum, if available, to remove visible mold growth. Discard the vacuum bag. Otherwise, wipe with damp paper towels, discard, and seal in plastic bags.
- Dry items in the sun, if possible.
- Sponge any remaining mildew with thick suds or a commercial cleaner designed for the type of material.
- Wipe with a clean, barely damp cloth.
- Wipe mildew-stained areas with a cloth dampened with SERVPRO antimicrobial. Dry thoroughly.
Source: Texas A&M