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Country Chic 12-20-2011 11:58 PM

Cleaning Mold??
 
We just recently bought a foreclosure, and with all the hype about mold is a little creepy. I pulled up the vinyl flooring in the kitchen and there is what looks like black mold (not sure.. Only viewed from images). I've been researching on how to clean it. Use bleach and then scrub it with some type of soap to get rid of the spores??? Then what?? Prevention methods??

Bud Cline 12-21-2011 01:35 AM

HOLD ON!

Vinyl floorcovering adhesive was nothing but black in color for decades. Are you sure it is mold and not just black adhesive?
How about a picture of this mold-looking stuff and let's see what's up.

Country Chic 12-21-2011 11:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline
HOLD ON!

Vinyl floorcovering adhesive was nothing but black in color for decades. Are you sure it is mold and not just black adhesive?
How about a picture of this mold-looking stuff and let's see what's up.

Here ya go!!!

Bud Cline 12-21-2011 11:30 AM

Okay thanks. Now I am in full agreement. Chlorine bleach will kill and somewhat dissolve what is there. Then soapy water should do the rest. If you don't again trap moisture in that area it should not re-occur.

I wouldn't saturate that area however. moisture can also further damage the subfloor product.

If it was me I would eradicate with bleach-water for maybe thirty minutes and see what remains. Then quickly sponge with detergent water. Then put a fan on it to encourage a speedy drying. Don't let anything soak into the floor for too long.

Not sure what that subfloor material is but if it is particleboard you don't want to get it too wet for too long.

Country Chic 12-21-2011 05:47 PM

Sounds good thanks!! The subfloor is plywood by the way.

Country Chic 12-21-2011 05:58 PM

When I lay down the subfloor material for the tile is there anything I can get to prevent the mold from reoccurring? What is the subfloor called that I need for the tile?

joecaption 12-21-2011 06:41 PM

Is it plywood laid down over a slab floor? If it is that or partical board sub floor then it needs to come out.
Something caused all that mold, leaking under the sink, rising moisture from a slab subfloor. You need to figure that out before any new floor goes in.

Bud Cline 12-21-2011 06:42 PM

Your basic floor panel on the floor joists is the subfloor.
Anything you add above that would typically be the underlayment.

This underlayment can be more plywood or OSB, it can be cement board, it can be any of the other underlayment materials used for a tile backer.

Before you decide how you will proceed, take a look at Schluter DITRA for a tile backer and read up on it.


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