There are countless home-cleaning products marketed to ‘wipe away’ mildew. But more serious remediation needs to be taken because mildew is actually mold, says international mold expert and President of All American Restoration, Michael Rubino, author of The Mold Medic. The health of your family and home are at risk, but luckily, there are steps you can take to create a safe breathing environment.
“The term ‘mildew’ gives off this false sense of security that it’s a lessor of an evil,” says Rubino. “The truth is, mildew is mold and mold is mildew. The average person takes 20,000 breaths per day but for 1 in 4 family members who suffer from mold sensitivity due to poor indoor air quality, each breath is impacting their health. Mold especially impacts the body when you’re predisposed to conditions such as autoimmune disorders, Lyme Disease, and allergies. In extreme cases, mold can leave these millions of people bedridden and incapacitated.”
He can share 7 tips on reducing particulate matter (including mold or mildew spores, dust, virus, pet dander) indoors so you can breathe healthier:
Installing a whole home purification system into your HVAC equipment that can filter out particles. His favorite is Healthway’s Super V for its ability to filter out particles to the nanometer.
Regular housekeeping to remove household dust. Household dust can contain many of these smaller particles that bind with the dust.
Switching your vacuum to a certified HEPA vacuum to prevent small particles from passing through the filter recirculated back into the environment while you clean.
Switching cleaning products to those that contain both surfactant and disinfectant to help separate particles from surfaces at the same time it disinfects. His favorite is Benefect Decon 30.
Ensuring you change your filters on all mechanical systems and clean all duct work annually with someone who is certified by the national air duct cleaning association. This helps contain the amount of particles being constantly recirculated.
Being proactive against water damage events such as monitoring humidity levels, installing leak detectors, and monitoring any waterproofing conditions in sub-grade environments to ensure bacteria and mold do not increase the particulate matter in your home.
Being reactive when you do have a water damage event by ensuring the area is mitigated properly. Keeping in mind bacteria can be present and mold can grow in as quickly as 24 hours.
Rubino is President of All American Restoration and author of the new book, The Mold Medic: An Expert’s Guide on Mold Removal (December 8, 2020). He teaches you how to assemble a team to locate the mold, what it takes to detoxify your house, and how to improve the air quality of your home. The Mold Medic provides vital guidance to allow you to live a happy, healthy, mold-free life. Rubino shares his insight from years in the field and also brings in a clinical nutritionist to explain common health effects of mold and toxins. Topics covered include how mold impacts the body when you’re predisposed to conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Autoimmune disorders, Lyme Disease, and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, and how allergies develop.
MICHAEL RUBINO, The Mold Medic, is the authority on mold remediation. As President of All American Restoration, Rubino specializes in working with people who are immunocompromised or have acute and sustained reactions to mold exposure. Rubino provides solutions that not only get rid of mold sources, but also get rid of the contamination created by those mold sources using his proprietary “Home Detox” method. He assembles teams to locate the mold, educates homeowners on what it takes to detoxify your house, and improves the air quality of homes to levels many would believe to be impossible. Rubino’s systems have a 100 percent guarantee to remove mold, mycotoxins, endotoxins, and bacteria, the hidden culprits behind poor air quality and many health issues, by removing the contaminants from the environment and improving the space so that these issues can no longer occur. He is a council certified Mold Remediator by IICRC and ACAC and a contributing member, sponsor, and speaker for the Indoor Air Quality Association.
The Mold Medic: An Expert’s Guide on Mold Removal is available December 8, 2020 on Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.