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If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again!
If You Think Mold and Mildew Hibernate During The Winter, Think Again.
Free Tips For Removing Winter Mold & Mildew Stains From the Makers of InstaGone
"The development of mold and mildew stains can actually be intensified during the winter," says InstaGone Consumer Products president Peter Chicarielli. "That's because people tend to lock-down their houses to prevent cold air from coming in and heat from escaping. The reduced circulation of fresh air results in a higher concentration of airborne spores which in turn, can increase the likelihood of mold and mildew stains on ceilings, walls or other surfaces."
Chicarielli adds that in a warm house, mold and mildew will continue to grow in areas such as basements, attics and crawl spaces. "Once the Christmas decorations are put away, emerging mold and mildew growth has a free, undisturbed ride until Memorial Day when the summer gear gets pulled out."
The worst-case scenario is mold that silently grows behind a wall, under flooring or above acoustical ceiling tiles. 'This type of mold growth is usually caused by a leak that wasn't repaired properly, or if it was repaired, the surrounding area wasn't sufficiently dried or treated before covering it with new drywall, tile, etc," explains Chicarielli. "If any part of your house has water damage history, it should be inspected carefully."
Chicarielli has been clipping newspaper articles about families being forced to move from their homes and school closings due to toxic mold. But despite the media hype, he believes most of the mold people encounter is the harmless, gross looking variety. Therefore, he recommends that everyone step back and take a pragmatic, preventive medicine approach. "The jury may be out on what the health effects of certain types of mold are, but the fact is that there is usually a point of origin and mold growth is a fairly slow process." For those concerned about mold and mildew, Chicarielli recommends a simple, four-step plan that should be followed all year long:
1) Inspect - Look for early signs of mold and mildew in places such as basements, shower areas, walls that house water pipes, ceilings, etc.
2) Repair - Fix plumbing leaks, drain clogs, roof leaks or poor bathroom ventilation that can encourage mold growth.
3) Remove - Treat emerging mold and mildew thoroughly with a powerful cleaning product such as InstaGone Multi-Purpose Stain Remover.
4) Restore - Once mold and mildew stains have been treated with an effective cleaning solution such as InstaGone, let the area dry thoroughly, apply a mold resistant primer and repaint the area.
Chicarielli strongly recommends the use of long rubber gloves, non-vented goggles and a chemical respirator to limit your exposure to mold. "If you have an area of mold larger than 3 feet by 3 feet, have severe allergies or have been experiencing symptoms such as headaches and difficulty breathing, it's best to avoid the health risk, and call a certified mold remediation specialist immediately."
About The Author:
Peter Chicarielli is the president of InstaGone Consumer Products, a manufacturer of professional strength cleaning solutions including InstaGone Multi-Purpose Stain Remover and Quick-10 Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner. Mr. Chicarielli is a frequent QVC guest and the author of several articles on stain removal and cleaning tips. For additional consumer tips or information on InstaGone Consumer Products, visit http://www.instagoneproducts.com
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