How should I contain mold contaminated items?

Home Improvement Asked on December 12, 2020

I previously asked this question
Is this mold or some other substance?
where I discovered some mold behind a bathroom panel. The sensible thing to do would be to just throw the mold contaminated parts away and replace them. However I put the panel back in because I needed to hold onto the mold for certain reasons and I’m trying to come up with something better than putting it back into place or leaving it out which would be even more hazardous.

I’m thinking I could

  1. cover the effected parts with foil, tape then put back in to place.
  2. Alternatively I could cut the affected parts off and put it into a sealed plastic container. If so what can I use to do the cutting to make the least amount of mess? Im not sure what material it is.

Any idea on what might be the best way to approach this? I don’t have a private balcony or anything where I could simply store the items in the mean time.


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One Answer

Covering with foil will not help. Use some 3% hydrogen peroxide on it and it will kill the surface mold , putting in plastic will accelerate the mold / fungi growth. To answer in part from your previous question , not all mold is harmful to humans and our pets, of the many thousands of mold species only a few hundred are harmful , more are beneficial. I regularly use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning and sanitation of wood. Carpets , concrete. 3% like you get in the grocery store sponged on will kill the mold but to prevent it from returning your area needs to stay dry.

There is no problem in continuing to use that panel. I would sponge hydrogen peroxide water mix on and after it drys put it back in place 3% or stronger. I would also treat the area close to where that was it won’t hurt anything and you do not need to rinse.

I purchase stronger hydrogen peroxide 30+% it is a really good cleaner and at stronger concentrations +7% it will bleach / turn white material, hair etc And it doesn’t stink like bleach. Remember to always add acid when diluting with water AAA ,

Answered by Ed Beal on December 12, 2020

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