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Salvaging Family Heirlooms After a Mold Infestation

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

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What Can You Do?

While dealing with a mold infestation is challenging for most homeowners, the most troublesome part is dealing with the mold contamination of cherished items. Unfortunately, porous items are often not salvageable after experiencing mold growth because mold spores do not linger on the surface; they find their way to the inside of the item and grow outward. If you have experienced a mold infestation that left your heirlooms contaminated, what can you do?

Discard the items
Contact a mold remediation company
Use a third-party cleaner
Attempt a DIY restoration

Discard the items
The most practical thing to do is to throw the item away after mold contamination. While it is difficult to throw away a part of your past, depending on the species of mold, it may not be healthy to keep the item. It is also likely the infestation caused irreparable damage to the item, meaning the only feasible option is to discard it.

Contact a Mold Remediation Company
Some mold removal companies in Rosebud, TX, have connections to other services that may be able to help. Mold removal requires a specialized skill set to protect the cleaner and the item. Some items are more conducive to rigorous cleaning than others. For example, fabrics may take the restoration process better than photos.

Use a third-Party Cleaner
If your remediation service does not know of any cleaner, you can search for one in your area. Professional services with this skill set will often advertise their capabilities. You can try to contact one of these cleaners and explain your infestation and describe the item or material.

Attempt a DIY Restoration
If the item is fabric, you can try washing it at home, however, do not put it in your dryer because any surviving mold spores can contaminate the machine. You want to wash the item by itself using vinegar. There are plenty of DIY options online.
Mold contamination is devastating for many reasons, but when it involves family heirlooms, it is especially troubling. Contact a mold remediation service to discuss your items and concerns.

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