Many times, during the mold removal process, I get asked the question: What should I do with my personal belongings and content? Well personal belongings being clothes and other personal items, and content being appliances, furniture, photos and other contents within the affected area. My answer is that we need to meet and review the items and decision should be made upon the following considerations, what is the monetary or sentimental value of the item being reviewed when compared to the cost of restoring it. If cost to restore the item exceeds any of the prior two considerations, then the item should be discarded. Specially with black mold.
UHS provides personal content restoration service, these are the guideline UHS would follow in handling personal content restoration:
CLOTHING – Clothes can be safely washed from contaminated areas as long as long as washing labels instructions are followed. Such as machine wash or dry clean, specific instructions apply such as hot or cold water, delicates, do not spin dry, or others. If manufacturer’s label permits, then laundry sanitizer can be used to reduce odors and microorganisms. Bleach can be used with white fabrics if permitted by manufacturer’s label. Non-Bleach safe fabrics should be washed with color safe bleach products such as those containing sodium perborate or sodium per carbonate if permitted by manufacturer’s directions. Leather Items, if lightly contaminated they can be cleaned with a leather soap and treat with a fungicide that has been tested and proven to be safe on leather items. These recommendations generally only apply to lightly contaminated items if heavily contaminated consideration should be given to disposing of them, only with our client's permission.
FURNITURE – Hard surface meaning that moisture is not absorbed, and deep grain stains do not develop, such as refrigerators, stoves, or vanity tops. Hard surface furniture can be cleaned by HEP vacuuming and cleaned with a fungicide. Non-hard surfaces which absorb moisture and develop deep dark stains are difficult to restore, but again considerations should be given to restore value of item versus cost to remediated it. Lightly contaminated, fleecy furniture with no moisture damage can sometimes be HEPA vacuumed. If visually contaminated with mold or previously wet stained, disposal is typically advisable. Any items to be disposed will be done only with our client's permission.
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