The protective steps you can take if you find Mould
Firstly, you need to make sure you are properly protected from the potentially dangerous mould and its spores. (Refer to our “What is mould?” document to learn more)
You do this by wearing:
- A proper fitting mask or respirator with a P2 or N95 filter or greater
- Disposable gloves
- Sealed eye protection
- And with fully flooded premise an asbestos grade disposable coveralls
Make sure no one enters the area without wearing a PPE suit.
We recommend that even with small patches of mould you should consult a mould expert, and with any large areas of visible mould you should engage a mould expert to treat it for you.
What can I do myself?
If you do choose too treat the mould yourself, you will need the following:
- A proven mould killing product like vinegar, clove or tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide or Forcefield
- Clean microfibre cloths
- A bucket of warm water mixed with the mould killing product
- Garbage bags
- Start by spraying the cloth with your chosen mould killing product so it is damp
- Hold the cloth and place it on the surface 30cm before the mould
- Raise the leading edge of the cloth, so it captures the mould in the cloth instead of pushing it around
- Wipe across the mould slowly in one direction
- Gently place the cloth in the bucket of water and wash
- Repeat if necessary
Once you have cleaned the mould off the surface, place the cloth in the garbage bag and seal the bag closed. If you need to keep the cloth, clean it thoroughly in the bucket of water, gently squeeze all the water out then spray the cloth with the mould killing product, and hang out to dry in direct sunlight.