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How should I clean indoor mold to prevent allergies?

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If the moldy area is larger than 10 square feet, you might want to hire a contractor with experience in removing mold to do the job.

If your allergies are severe, ask someone else to clean it up. If you have to do it yourself, wear a face mask while you clean.

If you have milder allergies and the area is not too big, you should still wear gloves and goggles while you clean. It will help protect your skin and eyes. Don't touch mold with your bare skin.

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Mold Allergy," "Managing Indoor Allergy Culprits."

Paivi Salo, PhD, epidemiologist, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

EPA: "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings: Appendix B - Introduction to Molds," "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips," "Mold Cleanup," "Mold Cleanup Guidelines," "What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas," "Mold Resources."

Reviewed by Linda Bernstein on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Mold Allergy," "Managing Indoor Allergy Culprits."

Paivi Salo, PhD, epidemiologist, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

EPA: "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings: Appendix B - Introduction to Molds," "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home: Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips," "Mold Cleanup," "Mold Cleanup Guidelines," "What to Wear When Cleaning Moldy Areas," "Mold Resources."

Reviewed by Linda Bernstein on August 01, 2018

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