What Is Mold?

Mold, most simply put, is one of two physical forms that members of the very large Kingdom of the Fungi can take. In the classification systems of all life forms, a Kingdom is the very largest group, and there are only five such groups recognized at this time, those being: red algae, green plants, animals, fungi and a more recently discovered group called stramenopiles (I have chosen to not use the more formal Latin names for the sake of simplicity and clarity). The other physical form that fungi can take is yeast. A very small number of fungi, including some that can cause devastating disease in humans, can exist in either the mold or the yeast form, depending on environmental conditions and sometimes the age of the colony. However, the vast majority of fungi are either mold, otherwise known as filamentous fungi because of the ways in which they grow and reproduce by means of filaments known as hyphae, or yeasts.

Mold and Yeast Growing on Petri Dish
Mold and Yeast Growing on Petri Dish

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The Problem

Here at CleanerToday.com we received a phone call from a high school in the southeastern United States with a serious problem. Due to budget cuts, the school had turned off all air conditioning over the long humid summer including to equipment storage areas. When staff returned in the fall, they discovered that all of the football uniforms were covered in mold! The combination of not completely cleaned and dried equipment stored in humid conditions with no air conditioning, which would otherwise have reduced the humidity indoors, had created a massive problem. The school was already low on funds, especially for extracurricular activities like sports and the replacement cost for even one football uniform complete with pads would be in the hundreds of dollars. Replacing uniforms and equipment for the entire team was simply out of the question and the fear was that there would be no fall football season for this school, especially tragic in the high school football obsessed southeast. Could CleanerToday offer a mold remediation solution at a reasonable cost that would be effective yet safe for uniforms that included both hard non-porous plastic surfaces as well as colored fabrics? The short answer was a resounding yes we can and we did! Continue reading

Can I Use MoldStat Plus to Clean Marble and Granite?

Another in an ongoing series of posts prompted by customer questions, this post about the safety of using MoldStat Plus on marble or granite surfaces originated from an inquiry from a customer who wanted to go into a retirement business of headstone cleaning in cemeteries. The customer wanted to be sure that MoldStat Plus would be safe for the stones most commonly used in headstones, marble and granite, and he was further attracted to MoldStat Plus because he had noted that it is approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and that gave him a degree of confidence that he wouldn’t be harming the environment, provided he followed all instructions for use as provided with all MoldStat Plus products. While the customer’s inquiry was quite specific, it has broad application when it is considered that marble, and even more so granite, are increasingly stones many of us have in our homes, particularly in our kitchens and bathrooms, and knowing how and with what to clean these surfaces is an important knowledge base for an increasing number of people. Continue reading

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