How Long Does Mold Stay in the Air?

If you have found that you have mold growing in any part of your home, it is understandable that you might be concerned about mold spores that are in the air. It is really difficult to get rid of mold in its entirety, especially if it keeps coming back.

Mold spores can become a big problem, and those that are released into the air are toxic when they have been inhaled or ingested.

The worst part about them is that they cannot be seen, so you never know when you might be breathing them in.

To completely eradicate any mold spores that are present in the air, you will need to target the source of the mold first.

In this article, we are going to tell you everything that you need to know about mold spores and how to get rid of them.

How Long Do Mold Spores Stay in the Air After Cleaning?

Mold spores are always floating around in the air if there is mold in your home, and as long as the mold is present, the mold spores will never be completely removed from the air. They will remain in the air indefinitely unless the source of the mold is completely gone. 

This means that you are going to need to clean really thoroughly to make sure that every last bit of mold is gone. When you are cleaning the spot of mold, you should always wear a mask to ensure that you are not breathing in these spores.

A high concentration of mold spores can be really harmful to your health, which is why you should try your best to get rid of them. One of the best ways to get the mold spores out of your house when you are cleaning is to direct them out of the house.

To do this, you should open as many doors and windows as possible, as this will encourage air flow that will help to prevent these spores from settling on surfaces or on your furniture. You can also use any appliances that can be used to encourage ventilation, like fans and air conditioning units.

Something else that is worth being aware of is that mold remover sprays will kill any and all mold that they come into contact with.

How Do You Get Mold Spores Out of the Air?

In order to completely remove all of the mold spores from the air, you will need to be really careful and thorough.

We will leave some tips for removing mold spores below for you to read about.

Ventilate Your House

The first thing that you will need to do is ventilate your house where possible. You should try to keep problem areas, like the kitchen and bathroom, as dry as possible throughout the process.

The more ventilation, the better, as this will reduce the amount of moisture that is trapped in your home and help to rid spores from the air. Without proper ventilation, the spores will become trapped inside and multiply in the right conditions.

Remove any Visible Mold

There is no point in ventilation and reducing humidity levels if you are not targeting the problem itself. The majority of the spores will be released by the mold that is growing in hidden places around your home, so you will need to check everywhere. 

If you notice a damp smell it is likely that you have missed a spot. If you have checked absolutely everywhere, you might need to contact a professional. This is because there could be mold in the walls that is impossible to fix yourself.

Install Filters on Air-Conditioning Units

If there is no more mold present in your home, but there are still mold spores in the air, then the likelihood is that the spores are coming in from outside.

To prevent this from happening, you will need to install and continually change filters on air conditioning units to trap and remove any mold spores that might be present.

Is Black Mold Airborne?

Unfortunately, black mold is airborne and the spores that it produces can attach to people’s skin, hair, clothes, furniture, and more.

Once these spores have made their way into your home, they can attach to any surface and begin to multiply. They can also invite themselves into your home through open windows.

We cannot see these spores as they are tiny, but they can be found almost anywhere. When they are found in large quantities is when you will have a problem.

They can be both indoors and outdoors, and they can easily become airborne due to how lightweight they are. 

Is Mold Safe if Not Disturbed?

You cannot work under the assumption that mold will be safe as long as it is not disturbed, because it is almost impossible not to disturb it.

Disturbing black mold can be as simple as closing a door, opening a window, or sitting on a sofa that contains mold spores.