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What is the best way to get rid of mold? Water leaked through

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What is the best way to get rid of mold? Water leaked through my wall and through my baseboards and carpet. There is black mold with mushrooms growing.

Rick :

Welcome, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do my best to help you with your issue.

Common household bleach is the most effective product for killing mold. But you need to make sure the surfaces dry out to prevent mold from coming back

Customer:

Ok what is the best way to apply the bleach?

Customer:

also since the corner of my carpet was wet and probably moldy, should I treat the carpet and pad, or it is better to just get rid of that part of the carpet?

Rick :

A sponge. Be sure to wear gloves and a high quality mask. You need to get things dried out but If you can't them removing the items is also an option

Rick :

The bleach may discolor the carpet

Customer:

Ok -- it is not good to put a fan on it though right? Or maybe after the bleach is applied and the mold is killed?

Rick :

Best to kill the mold first. If it permeates the pad and/or carpet probably best to get rid of them then let it air dry.

Rick :

No fans with mold present

Customer:

Is it ok to spray bleach with a bottle?

Rick :

Yes you can use a spray bottle too. A 50/50 mix with bleach and water should do the job

Customer:

ok and if with a sponge then use 100% bleach?

Rick :

No same 50/50 mix

Customer:

ok thank you

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