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Safely Removing Mold From Walls and Ceiling

Updated: Apr 17, 2018

This process is effective on walls as long as the material is not saturated, degraded, damaged, or otherwise compromised by molds. This process is not recommended for walls with gross contamination of mold or degraded drywall materials. In order to completely stop mold growth, the source of moisture has to be found and addressed. Molds can be caused by water intrusion, leaks, high humidity levels - over 60%, or a condensation issue. Whatever the cause, the underlying issue must be found and repaired. This video will show you how to clean black toxic molds from your walls. Safety precautions that should be taken when cleaning molds.

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1. Inspect the area to determine the source of moisture that is causing the mold growth. 2. Then, determine how much of the wall is affected by the mold. If there is gross contamination, or the area has more than 10 square feet of mold growth the EPA recommends that you consult a licensed mold remediation specialist.

3. If the area is small and you decide to remove the mold on your own. Always use personal protective equipment. Click here for safety gear.


 Gloves

 Dusk mask – filtering face piece; and

 Safety glasses to protect your eyes.

 Scrub brush

 Ordinary detergent or non-toxic mold remover12

 Lysol sanitizer – wipes

 Paper towels

 Fan

 Vacuum with a HEPA filter. See vacuums here


1. Open windows to allow ventilation.

2. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to carefully remove any mold spores on the surface. HEPA vacuums contain filters that are capable of trapping extremely small particles such as mold spores. This will stop mold spores from dispersing into the air.

3. Once the wall has been thoroughly vacuumed; begin by applying the detergent to the brush or directly on the surface.

4. Begin to scrub in a circular motion. Avoid over saturating the wall.

5. After the area has been scrubbed and molds have been removed, use a cloth or paper towel to dry the area.

6. Clean the area by wiping it down with a sanitizer like Lysol disinfectant wipes. This helps to kill any remaining spores on the walls surface.

7. Dry the area again with paper towels or cloth. It is normal to still see some stains on the surface of the wall at this stage.

8. Place a fan next to the wall and allow the area to dry for 24 hours. This ensures that there is no remaining moisture in the wall from the cleaning process.

9. After 24 hours, assess the area and repeat the process if necessary.

10. After the wall has been dried, some stains will be visible. At this point, the wall can be repainted. The molds will not resurface as long as the source of the initial moisture problem has been repaired That’s it!



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