Mold Facts, Tips and FAQs
U.S. Enzyme is committed to helping individuals and contractors with their mold remediation and removal needs. We post mold facts, mold removal tips and frequently asked questions to this page in order to be a resource and answer questions for successful mold remediation.
Q. Can I use your product to wash my clothes?
A. Yes. We recommended a 1/2 – 1 cup (MoldKlear Interior) based on size of load.
Q. Do you ship internationally?
A. Yes. Individuals can go to www.myus.com and open an account for us to ship to and that company takes care of getting it overseas.
Q. Where can I get safety data sheets?
A. You can email email@example.com. They will be available on our website soon.
Q. How much coverage per gallon?
A. For a home with moderate contents, we recommend 5 gallons per 1,000 sf. This will allow for fogging and cleaning of contents. For fogging only, we recommend 1 gallon per 1,000 sf. Product comes full strength for treatment (it is not a concentrate).
Q. Which product should I use?
A. MoldKlear Interior: Use for fogging and cleaning contents in interiors.
MoldKlear Crawl & Attic: Use only for crawlspaces and attics. Can be used on wood studs before drywall has been installed.
ToxinKlear: If you have had your home previously remediated and it was not tested for mycotoxins, use this to ensure mycotoxins are eliminated.
MoldToxinKlear: Use this for all mold and mycotoxin concerns.
Renew-Air: For use in ultrasonic humidifiers. Product should not be used in a heated humidifier.
Duct-CoilKlear: Blended to remove mold & bacteria from air ducts and evaporator & condenser coils, cuts through biofilm.
PassKlear: Eliminates using air scrubbers. Primarily used by remediation contractors to ensure the air is properly cleaned and will pass clearance testing.
Fresh n Klear: Cleans air and surfaces to eliminate odors. Can be used in sprayer, fogger, ultrasonic humidifier or atomizer.
Q. How can I find out how to successfully remediate my home?
A. Our detailed protocol is included with every purchase. Removing mold from the interior requires a very thorough cleaning process. All surfaces need wiped including walls, back and bottom of furniture.
Q. What should I do about my dryer?
A. Spray the dryer drum, let sit for 5 minutes, wipe out.
Q. Can I use your product to remediate my car?
A. Yes. MoldKlear Interior can be used in all vehicles. Protocol comes with purchase.
Q. How do I clean the AC coil in my car?
A. Refer to car manufacturer’s suggestions.
Q. My home is currently under construction and drywall has not been installed yet. What should I use to clean the studs?
A. We recommend using MoldKlear Crawl & Attic. However, once drywall has been installed, you should not use Crawl & Attic anymore and use one of the other products for interior cleaning.
Q. How do I clean my mattress?
A. Mattresses can be fogged. Any visible growth can be sprayed with MoldKlear Interior, lightly scrubbed and allowed to air dry.
Q. Do I really need the turntable for the fogger? Can’t I just walk around with fogger for coverage?
A. The turntable was designed for even and complete coverage in a room. The fogger should be run according to our remediation protocol. We recommend running fogger 15 minutes before starting to clean, running during entire cleaning process in a room and up to 20 minutes after cleaning and everyone has left room. Simply walking around with the fogger will simply chase and push out the spores and particulate in front of you due to the force of the air coming out. It’s like a dog chasing its tale. The spores and particulate simply run from you by the force of the air. Setting the fogger on a turntable and allowing it to run for long periods of time on very low settings forces everything to the walls to be treated. It also ensures that treatment reaches corners and forces in to small areas like receptacles and details on crown molding, built-in book shelves, etc. This can be used in your office space as well.
Q. What type of fogger can I use?
A. You can purchase a fogger on our website. However, if you choose to purchase somewhere else, you want one that does NOT use heat to generate fog and that has an adjustable output so the low level puts out 3-5 micron size of droplet.
Q. Can your product be used in a carpet cleaner?
A. Yes it can, but the key is drying out the carpet quickly. Use the MoldKlear interior formula, dilute 1/2 water, 1/2 treatment solution.
Q. My home was previously remediated, but didn’t get tested for mycotoxins. What can I do to make sure the mycotoxins are gone?
A. We recommend using ToxinKlear and follow our remediation protocol.
Q. My home had remediation and I still feel sick?
A. We have some individuals that report feeling better immediately after remediation and yet some individuals have complex health issues and mold removal does not always result in immediate health improvement. Removing mold and mycotoxins from the body is a long process in our experience. As you work with your physician to detox your body and improve you immune system your health will improve over time.
Q. Will air scrubbers clear the air of mold spores?
A. Our product, when used with a fogger, is designed to replace traditional air scrubbers. The fogger rotates at 360° allowing the fog to reach all surfaces in the room.
Q. What are your recommendations for using an electrostatic sprayer?
A. The sprayer is designed to cover the entire surface of an item getting into all hard to reach places.
Q. I know I have mold in my crawlspace, but water keeps getting in. Can I go ahead and remediate?
A. No. All repairs and issues with drainage have to be repaired otherwise you are wasting your money.
Q. Which product should I use to clean my shower?
A. We recommend using MoldKlear Interior. After you spray let sit for approximately 5 minutes and scrub with brush. If it is heavy mold growth, rinse after brushing and then spray a final time and let air dry. Shower can be sprayed after each use for maintenance. Keep in mind if the grout is stained it will not remove the stain, but will remove the mold spores. We recommend keeping a spray bottle nearby and spraying after each shower. Just spray and let dry.
Q. Will bleach kill mold?
A. No. Bleach will only remove the surface mold. It does not eliminate the root of the mold, which will eventually grow back.
Q. Can I use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of mold?
A. Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer and can harm wiring and metals (cabinet handles, etc.). We don’t recommend. It can disrupt the DNA of mold by breaking apart, but the broken pieces of DNA can regenerate given the appropriate conditions and regrow.
Q. Can I use essential oils to get rid of mold?
A. Essential oils have antimicrobial properties in general, but upon testing against mold colonies it revealed leaving behind numerous microbial spores. In essence not a thorough cleaner for mold spores or their biofilm. Also, if atomized or fogged will leave an oil residue that will require cleaning of all surfaces.
Q. How does probiotic work to eliminate mold?
A. Probiotics work to clean bio-film of mold, the byproduct of mold. Does nothing to eliminate mold.
Q. What do I do after remediation to help ensure my home stays mold safe?
A.Antiques, even new furniture can bring in new mold to your home. You will have to be very diligent going forward in how your home can be exposed. We recommend purchasing a spray bottle of MoldKlear to clean items BEFORE you bring them in your home.
Having your windows open in spring can also let in mold. Place humidity meters in your home to monitor each month. We suggest that if humidity is nearing 55% that you watch more diligently and are conscious to not let it reach 60%.
Regarding your garage, your house is positively pressured so when you open the door from your house to your garage air should flow out from your home not in. Treating a garage that is not climate controlled or whose door is opened often will be hard to maintain humidity control.
Nothing guarantees mold will not return. You will have to remain diligent and repair any moisture intrusions within 48 hours.
Q. What is your recommendation for the procedure for removing carpet and replacing with a hardwood floor?
A. If you suspect or know you have mold, then our procedure for carpet removal is to contain that room with sealed plastic, remove carpet in sections and bag in plastic, seal and bag a second time (called double bagging) and seal before removing from room. This keeps any mold or mycotoxin from spreading throughout home as you remove. Better yet, if you have a window in that area to remove carpet out that window. The containment will keep dust, mold and mycotoxins contained to that area. Once carpet, pad, tact strip are removed then we would recommend HEP vacuum and treating that area with MoldKlear both by spraying the surface and fogging the air to destroy floating mold spores. We would also recommend wiping the walls, any shelves and window treatments. Fogging should be no less that 20 minutes or more. Once complete then you can take containment down and install new flooring. Remember the HEPA vacuum will need to be taken outside and cleaned with MoldKlear inside and out to remove the potential for cross contamination at next use.
Q. I am leaving a home that was tested and has toxic mold in several walls, no visible mold or damp inside the house. I would like to be able to take clothes, solid wood furniture and kitchen hard, non porous items. We also have leather furniture. Can it be cleaned, in your opinion? Can you please recommend a product(s) that I could use to remove any unseen spores before we move.
A. First, what vehicle are you using to move furniture? If it is an enclosed truck or trailer, first fog the trailer/truck interior the day. I’d wait for no less than 20 minutes before loading items.
I would create a contained area, outside truck to move furniture through, like a portable/temporary garage covered in plastic, enclosing both ends with plastic using a slit at each end to enter and exit. This can be set up outside or in a garage.
Start fogger for 20 minutes and then bring one piece of furniture into the containment with fog, keep fogger running at all times while cleaning/wiping down. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe all surfaces of the furniture including back, bottom, legs. Pull out each drawer and wipe especially bottom, back and sides. Reach into the drawer cavity and wipe out, including all dust. Repeat for each drawer, cavity and cabinet. The fogger is running the entire time to capture and destroy all the spores being released into the air.
Once that piece of furniture is complete, move it out of containment and pack. If you use a fogger at a high speed it may leave moisture on horizontal surfaces and should be wiped with clean microfiber cloth. You do not want to leave visual droplets on wood or leather furniture. The fogger should always be on low setting. Fog should be near invisible. We recommend fogger that will put out mist/fog at 3 microns droplet size otherwise droplets will be too heavy and fall straight down to ground when our goal is to have fog linger in air to attack and clean away airborne spores.
Other solid surface items like silverware, pots and pans can be lightly wiped or blow off dust in containment. Mold does not like these item to grow on, but will land and consume any dust on these hard surface items.
Leather furniture can be saved with a very careful process. We recommend HEPA vacuuming all surfaces. We recommend removing bottom thin lining to reach underneath side. Then take in fogged containment and particularly get fog on underneath side. Leave in fog 5-10 minute and remove out to pack. Be sure NO droplets remain on leather as it will mar leather. Another reason you need 3 micron fog. To be sure take dry, clean microfiber to leather surface once out of containment before packing.
This is all with MoldKlear Interior formula. Regarding clothes you can launder with regular load and add one cup MoldKlear to wash. Other items that cannot be easily laundered then can take in containment with fog, flutter clothes, goal to remove all dust mold likes to attach to. Leather purses, shoes, wipe with microfiber in contained area then pack.
Do not let furniture remain in an enclosed storage unit/trailer without good climate control.
Also, be sure and wear protective clothing, goggles and N-95 mask. Fog solution will not harm you but we are disturbing dust, particulate and spores you do not want to breath in or absorb into skin.
Make sure you test new living space so you are not trading problems.