Mold Solution & Information Center
The products, resources and information needed to get relief from mold problems.
This Mold Center provides you with a quick list.of our most effective mold solutions and our most popular mold articles on mold prevention. We cover mold overview, mold prevention and mold cleaning. For the entire selection of useful mold articles go to our Learning Center or the archives of Allergy Consumer Review.
Dehumidifiers will help dry moist areas and lower humidity levels which should be maintained at about 50% relative humidity or lower to prevent mold and mildew growth. By using a dehumidifier you take away mold's ability to replicate. The best overall models for the home for humidity control are the Santa Fe dehumidifiers and the Comfort-Aire 65 Pint Low Temp. There are plenty of other models to choose from if you need bigger or smaller dehumidifiers for your mold problem.
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Once mold exists, it's likely airborne and to get it out of your breathing air you need air purifiers. For small areas the best solution is our Airfree Onix 3000 Air Sterilizers but if you have a big area, a model with HEPA filtration is necessary. HEPA filters remove airborne particles ranking from .03 microns and larger. The best air purifier with HEPA filtration for mold is the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. There are a lot of different options so please browse our mold air purifiers.
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Vacuuming with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Absolute) filter vacuums reduces mold spore concentrations in damp areas and carpets. A HEPA vacuum properly traps mold spores that can remain or be spread into the air. The best upright vacuum for mold is our Sebo Automatic X4 Upright. An excellent canister choice would be the Miele Callisto. There are an extensive amount of other effective options varying in style and price, see our complete HEPA vacuum cleaners selection for all of your choices.
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While large mold problems are better handled by professional cleaning crews, if your mold cleanup is basic in nature,such as moldy grout, you'll save money by doing it yourself with one of our vapor steam cleaners. Our steam cleaners will destroy the mold while simultaneously cleaning, eliminating allergens and deodorizing. The best possible steam cleaners you can buy are Ladybug 2200S Steam Cleaner with TANCS (TANCS is registered as disinfectant with the EPA and uses zero chemicals). The best value is our exclusive WhiteWing Steamer Vapor Steam Cleaner. To choose from our entire selection visit our vapor steam cleaners page.
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We offer a variety of Cleaning Supplies to help attack and prevent mold build-up in the home. All of our cleaning supplies are safe, healthy and inhibits the growth of mold and mildew without the use of harsh chemicals or toxins. For instance, our Vital Oxide Mold Remover controls mold and bacteria by oxidizing it instead of bleaching it for several months. All of our cleaning supplies are easy-to-apply on most surfaces.
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These Mold Test Kits will help you identify a number of molds which contribute to asthma, allergic reactions and respiratory health problems so you'll know where your problem areas may be.
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A UV Sanitizer safely and effectively eliminates more than 99% of all household mold, germs, bacteria, viruses and other allergens. UV-C light uses a natural light frequency to destroy germs on a variety of hard and soft surfaces around your home without the use of harmful chemicals such as bleach. Our UV sanitization products are quick, easy and safe to use throughout the home
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You need a Steam Mop to quickly clean up dirt, stains and grease and kill mold, spores and bacteria without the use of chemicals. All of our steam mops utilize dry steam of levels of 200°F and are lightweight, compact and easy to use on most types of floors.
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- Mold Guide Simple steps to relieve and prevent household allergies such as mold, dust, dust mites and dander...
- Mold Solution Guide Molds such as fungus mold and slime mold are most often found in areas that have high humidity levels such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms or damp basements (especially after flooding). It is important to try and prevent mold and mildew growth, and if it's too late...
Mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria are the leading biological pollutants generated in a home. Molds such as fungus mold, and slime molds are most often found in areas that have high humidity levels such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms or damp basements (especially after flooding). It is important to try and prevent mold and mildew growth, and if it's too late, try mold remediation and mold removal.
Because mold and mildew release mold spores in the air that can float throughout the house, it can cause severe allergic reactions such as watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing, nasal congestion and fatigue, especially to those with a mold allergy. In fact, when mold starts to reproduce inside a home, it can eat away at the structure, cause thousands of dollars in damage and possibly make family members sick from mold exposure. However, the situation is not hopeless. There are several mold cleaning, prevention, and mold removal methods to deal with this persistent problem that really do work.
The Mold Center provides the most popular information found in our Learning Center to help you identify molds such as slime mold or fungus mold in your home or office and explain what you can do to prevent mold growth from occurring. Be sure to visit us often for new mold facts and information on mold removal and see below for our list of best selling mold cleaning products for battling this problem.
The key to mold prevention and mold & mildew removal is to eliminate moisture. Basements must be dried out, and humidity levels should be maintained at about 50% relative humidity or lower to prevent mold growth. Dehumidifiers can be very useful. Vapor steam cleaning or vacuuming with High Efficiency Particulate Absolute (HEPA) filter vacuums can reduce mold spore concentrations in damp areas and carpets, but if not done properly mold spores can remain or be spread into the air. See our Mold Solution Buyers Guide for a complete selection of products to keep your home mold-free.
We have collected several helpful articles on mold prevention in this section. One of the best is a concise FAQ on Molds and Allergies by Dr. R. Vincent Miller.
Why Dehumidification is Important to your Heath? This is an article by Mercia Tapping, President of Allergy Buyers Club, which discusses the advantages of a dehumidifier for reducing a high humidity level in your house that can breed mold and dust mites. For more information on the features and benefits of whole house and single room dehumidifiers, be sure to look at our Dehumidifiers Comparison Guide.
Mayo Clinic researchers say they have identified mold as the leading cause of most chronic sinus infections (a condition that affects over 37 million people in the
). More specifically, it is not an allergic reaction to mold, but rather an immune system response to fungus. U.S.
Ever wonder if the mold that grows in your bathroom and basement is harmful or not? Thad Godish's article explains what type of mold this is and how you can get rid of it. Also, Stan Halpern, Environmental Cleaning Consultant, provides you with plenty of good tips for Mold Cleaning.
Here are some other helpful links on mold cleaning (these pages will open up in a separate window):
- How to Remove Mold and Mildew - University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
- How to Prevent and Remove Mildew - Home Methods - University of Missouri-Columbia
- Cleaning Mildew From Mattresses, Rugs, Upholstery - Michigan State University Extension
- How to Make Your Home Mold-Free and Keep It That Way [PDF format] - Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Prevent Mildew in Your Home - University of Illinois Extension
- Controlling Mold Growth in the Home [PDF format] - Kansas State University-Sedgwick County Extension Service
- Mold Allergy by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation and Moisture and Biologicals by the Montana University Education Project are both excellent FAQ articles that will answer a lot of your questions about what to do about mold.
- Is Indoor Mold Contamination a Threat to Health is an in-depth 2-part article by Harriet Ammann, a senior toxicologist for Washington State Dept. of Health, that gives a comprehensive overview on types of mold and characteristics as well as recommendations for reducing mold in homes.
- Is Mold a Winter Problem? Reveals that mold can grow even in cooler weather especially in our HVAC systems.
Here are some other useful links concerning mold (these pages will open up in a separate window):
- The Mold War, Fungus Causing Problems in Homes and Leading to Lawsuits Nationwide, Jacksonville.com
- NCEH Fact sheet: Molds in the Environment - National Center for Environmental Health-CDC
- Fact Sheet: Household Mold and Mildews - Oregon Department of Human Services
- Facts About Mold - New York City Department of Health and Occupational Disease Prevention
- Mold, dust mites, fungi, spores, and pollen: Bio aerosols in the human environment - North Carolina State University - Cooperative Extension Service
- Moisture, Mold and Mildew [PDF format] - CDC-NIOS
Flooding is a real concern in many home and basements in the
and excessive water saturation can lead to mildew and mold contamination. Here are some reference links to help with mold removal caused by water or flood damage (these pages will open up in a separate window): United States
- Water and Flood Clean-up: How to Eradicate the Mold - Case Western Reserve University & University Hospitals of Cleveland
- Tips on Mold - University of Virginia Library
- Clean It - Dry It - Disinfect It: Mold and Mildew Control - Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
- Safely Cleaning a Flood-Damaged Home [PDF format] - University of Wisconsin - Cooperative Extension