1.Test the Environment: Go to envirobomics.com and order an ERMI or HERTSMI test. Panel 8 is the best, if you have the funds because water damaged buildings contain more toxins than just mold. Any of these other items may be making you sick.
2.Hire a Remediation Company: If the envirobiomics test is abnormal you will need to hire a certified mold remediation company to find the source of the mold and safely remediate it.
3.Post Remediation Cleaning: After remediation is complete: Clean everything you intend to keep in the space.
-Walls should be wiped before floors. Begin cleaning floors from the point farthest from the exit and work toward the exit.
-Paper is extremely difficult to decontaminate. Important documents should be electronically scanned. Books should be HEPA-vacuumed while closed. Future use should be done in an area where a portable HEPA filtration unit can capture any escaping particles.
-Whatever can be vacuumed should be HEPA Vacuumed.
-Clean surfaces with 20 Mule Team Borax. 1 cup borax to 1 gallon hot water — scrub – can use it for all your hard surface belongings, all surfaces, wood studs, floors, etc.
-Any porous wet building material should be removed (carpet, drywall, insulation, etc.)
-For clothes you can use 1/4 cup Borax with your regular detergent in every load (continue this throughout clean up and afterwards for a while). Very sensitive people often throw their clothes out if contaminated from mold areas.
-For wet wood, dry the wood (with heat), then HEPA-vacuum, then either damp-wipe with Borax.
-The HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) system should be cleaned according to National Air Duct Cleaners Association
4.Purchase thieves oil from Young Living or DoTerra On Guard (DO NOT SUBSTITUTE)
YL Thieves Oil has clinical studies demonstrating that it eradicates mold spores, competing products do not have this research to date) Use an ultrasound diffuser (Can be purchased from either company or elsewhere online) and diffuse on three separate occasions.
5.Follow-up envirobiomics.com testing should be performed as soon as there is obvious dust.