HEPA Vacuum Mold
HEPA Vacuum Cleaners and MoldRegularly vacuuming your home with a HEPA vacuum cleaner helps to prevent mold. The HEPA filters in HEPA vacuums trap very small particles like mold spores and other allergens. This also means the air in your home will be cleaner and you will suffer less from allergies or mold symptoms. It's best to vacuum your home at least once a week with a HEPA vacuum cleaner.
HEPA vacuuming also helps if you are removing mold growth in your home. Once you've removed the mold you should vacuum your house with a HEPA vacuum to remove any mold spores that were stirred up.
Non-HEPA Vacuum Cleaners and MoldNon-HEPA vacuum cleaners don't help with mold problems. Mold spores are too small to be trapped by the filters in non-HEPA vacuums. Most mold spores simply end up passing through the vacuum, out the exhaust and into the air.
This can even make things worse since mold spores that were on the floor get blown into the air. This is why many people's allergic reactions actually increase after vacuuming with non-HEPA vacuum cleaners. Make sure especially to never vacuum over mold growth with a non-HEPA vacuum.
One exception where vacuuming with a non-HEPA portable vacuum cleaner can help is if the vacuum exhausts its air outside the home. Central vacuuming systems that exhaust the air outside also remove mold spores from the home.
HEPA Vacuum to Prevent MoldHEPA vacuum cleaners remove mold spores from the home and the less mold spores there are inside the less likely it is that mold will grow. Vacuuming at least once a week minimizes mold spores and greatly reduce the chances of mold starting to grow in your home.
HEPA Vacuum to Decrease Allergies and Mold SymptomsVacuuming up mold spores with a HEPA vacuum prevents them from being stirred up into the air and triggering allergies. HEPA vacuums also remove household dust and other allergens which cause allergic reactions and can trigger asthma.
The same HEPA filters in HEPA vacuums are even used in indoor air filter units to remove allergenic particles from the air and improve indoor air quality.
For a description of the symptoms that mold causes visit the Mold Symptoms page.
HEPA Vacuuming CarpetYou will never be able to remove every single mold spore from carpet. However lab tests of carpet samples under the microscope show that HEPA vacuuming significantly reduces the amount of microscopic particles in carpet.
Again, vacuuming at least once a week will improve your home's air. Even if you don't have mold, HEPA vacuuming stil helps since it removes dust and other allergens.
You can also use a carpet washer to remove even more allergens, mold spores, dirt and other particles from your carpet. Carpet washers can be hired from places like supermarkets.
If you still find your allergies are sensitive you can remove the carpet in your home altogether. Having hard floors in the home instead of carpet is much better for people who suffer allergies.
HEPA Vacuum During Mold Removal and RemediationHEPA vacuuming is an important part of mold removal and remediation. Mold removal professionals use powerful HEPA vacuums when they are removing mold.
If you have to remove mold in your home yourself you should also use a HEPA vacuum. It's a good idea to start the mold removal process by HEPA vacuuming the room. This will remove the mold spores in the surrounding area.
Once you've cleaned away the mold with a mold killing product such as vinegar, bleach or borax, you should then HEPA vacuum again once the surface is completely dry. HEPA vacuuming the surface and all surrounding surfaces will remove any mold spores which were stirred up during the mold removal process. This is part of the final clean up stage of mold removal.
Besides the floor, even walls, ceiling, shelves and other surfaces should be vacuumed if possible. Also vacuum any furniture that was around the mold. The brush attachment for your HEPA vacuum helps when vacuuming furniture and other items.
For a complete guide to the mold removal process see the Mold Removal page.