How to clean attic mold?

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by enviroko, May 5, 2007.

  1. enviroko

    enviroko New Member

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    The house we just bought has a mold problem. The bath fan was vented to the attic which has created a mold area of about 100 sq ft. Some of this area is very hard to reach, it runs up close to the soffit.

    Anyone have any good DIY ideas to make cleaning this easier? Scrubbing most of it is too tough to get to because of the low angled roof. I thought about trying a steam clean it using something like this... http://www.allergybuyersclubshopping.com/ladybug-xl-vapor-steam-cleaner.html

    What do you think?
  2. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    Spray it with bleach or some cleaner that has a lot of bleach in it. But it will come back unless you fix all the problems that are causing it.

    Here's a link for more info:http://www.schatzmold.com/attic-mold/
    Last edited: May 5, 2007
  3. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    1 gallon of water, add to that

    1 cup of bleach, stir and add to that

    1/8 cup fabric softener

    stir and use with a sprayer and brush with long pole to reach hard to get at areas but like Verdeboy said you must remedy the cause first or you will have waised you time and energy.
  4. enviroko

    enviroko New Member

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    I have corrected the ventilation problem by installing a roof vent kit. I think I'm going to try a steam cleaner. Trying to place tarps to catch the water via scrubbing with a brush is going to be too much of a pain. The highest point in this attic is about three feet.
  5. BS

    BS New Member

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    I hope you used metal duct and taped the joints with metal tape (not duct tape). If you used vinyl drier vent (expandable) duct, you can never get as good a seal and would be asking for moisture problems again in the future.

    - Bernie
  6. steam kills it too.

    ditto on the cause. What they said.

    -david
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