While it’s best to leave larger mold removal projects in the hands of water damage experts, you can easily tackle smaller amounts of mold with a little elbow grease and tools to protect yourself.

Here are the three essential items you need to remove mold by yourself.

Why PPE?

To some, it may not seem quite clear why you would need personal protection equipment. Nonetheless, always remember, mold is just a fungus! The fact is mold spores are microscopic and easily inhaled. Mold inhalation can lead to:

  • Allergic breathing reactions
  • Dermal reactions
  • Exacerbated asthma

While it’s not severely deadly, mold inhalation is certainly a nuisance and can get avoided. Here’s a few ways to do so.

Wear a Mask/Respirator

This is a simple, common sense piece of PPE that’s indispensable when cleaning mold. A face mask can filter out mold particles and other debris to keep you from feeling any type of ill effects.

Don’t just get any mask though. Try and look for an N-95 or N-99 respirator mask. They will filter out 95-99 percent of all particles respectively.

Cover Your Hair

Similar to paper shower caps, disposable hair covers are pivotal to keeping mold spores in check.

Furthermore, they’ll help prevent the spores from getting in your hair and getting tracked around the building and spreading mold growth. Simply take them off when you are complete.

Protect Your Eyes

While it’s not the first thing you think of, getting eye protection is as crucial of a step in safely removing mold.

Safety goggles can keep mold and debris from your eyes, preventing allergies or worse, retinal damage from large debris stirred up during mold removal. 

Protect yourself during small mold removal jobs with these basics. Or, if you’re ready to have a pro tackle it, contact an experienced and knowledgable Long Beach Mold Remediation expert.