Not a plant or an animal, molds and mildew are multi-celled fungus; single celled mold is referred to as yeast. Mildew refers to certain kinds of mold or fungus that grow in a flat pattern. Molds and mildew digest organic materials and can be found both outdoors and indoors. Outdoors, mold can be seen on decomposing plant matter.
Indoors, molds can proliferate on any organic matter, including clothing and textiles, furniture, paper, construction materials, paints, ceilings, walls, and floors with moisture management problems. Mildew often live on shower walls in corners and beneath caulk, on windowsills, and other places where moisture levels are high.
According to the EPA, “Molds can multiply by producing microscopic spores (2 – 100 microns [µm] in diameter), similar to the seeds produced by plants. Many spores are so small they easily float through the air and can be carried for great distances by even the gentlest breezes.”
Mold spores are airborne and settle on dust. Just add moisture and these mold spores will grow. Vacuuming alone is not effective for sanitizing home, office, or public spaces. Dead or alive, mold and mildew have a profound impact on private and public spaces.
HEALTH RISKS – MOLD & MILDEW
WebMD defines mold as “… small organisms can be black, white, orange, green, or purple and live almost anywhere indoors and outside. Molds thrive on moisture and reproduce through lightweight spores that travel through the air.”
The EPA explains, “Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Mold does not have to be alive to cause an allergic reaction.”
Individuals with impacted and weak immune systems are susceptible to mold. Symptoms of mold allergies can range from “hay fever” that affects the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs. Pneumonitis is also reported as having an association with mold; this is a bacterial infection that presents itself like pneumonia. Health conditions reported to be associated with mold and yeast include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin irritation
- Allergic reactions
- Aggravated asthma symptoms
Commonly used places that utilize water can easily trap moisture including laundry rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, basements, garages, warehouses, storage units – and more – make combatting mold and mildew an ongoing challenge.
Mold can be pathogenic in nature. A pathogen is a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease. Disarming mold and mildew is a process that can be costly and labor intensive especially with outdated modes of action.
The focus of this article is on proper cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces and floors. This information compares old, outdated ways of combatting mold and mildew compared to a new revolutionary technology that conquers mold and mildew proliferation.
OUTDATED MODES OF ACTION
Considering commonly referenced measures for fungus control, it is prudent to investigate the amount of time, materials, and health risks before making a choice to proceed with combatting indoor and outdoor mold and mildew.
Surface Wet Time: 2-3 Hours – Ammonia
Using ammonia to address mold, a 50/50 solution of ammonia and water must be created. Professional home repair precautions are to “Never mix ammonia with bleach or other all-purpose cleaners; this will create toxic and dangerous fumes.” This wet time translates to “two to three hours, then rinse” for effectiveness. Water and ammonia evaporate in less time than two to three hours. Therefore, constant saturation is required for this ammonia-water-based means of cleaning mold and mildew in today’s fast-paced environments.
Surface Wet Time: Minimum 15-minutes – 1 Cup Bleach : 1 Gallon of Water
Bleach is a caustic solution that should not be combined with ammonia or toxic fumes result; use of gloves and not inhaling fumes when using bleach are recommended. Twelve tools for combating mold, suggested by home care professionals, include laboratory clean room-quality personal protection equipment from N95-grade respirators to elbow-length gloves. In addition, bleach must have a “wet time” of 15-minutes to be effective on surfaces that are not rinsed. This translates to saturating bleach on surfaces and floors and filling rooms with toxic fumes. Without adequate “wet time” and proper ventilation, all this effort simply pushes microbes, dust, and dirt throughout the surface. Unpleasant odors are not welcoming in public or private environments.
A NEW WAY TO CONQUER MOLD & MILDEW
A new, fresh scented sanitizing technology makes conquering the battle with mold and mildew cost-effective, quick, and easy.
Surface Wet Time: Maximum 4 minutes – Quaternary Ammonium Compound & BZK Spray
Introduced in 2020, a revolutionary mode of action now combines a compound safely used in sanitizing for nearly 100-years and electro-chemically disrupts cell membranes of microbes causing immediate cell death. This nano-thin, triple layer of protection lasts for up to 28-days and is safe to use on all surfaces – including metals, electronics, textiles including leather, furniture and more – without rinsing. This unique sanitizing system can be quickly and easily sprayed on all surfaces with a traditional spray bottle or an electro-static sprayer for larger areas.
Incorporating a powerful combination of quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) and benzalkonium chloride, an organic salt that is an FDA-approved sanitizing active ingredient, this revolutionary sanitizing solution is alcohol-free, bleach-free, and is not rinsed from surfaces. Simply spray and rest assured microbes are meeting their impending doom. Environmentally friendly, this new mold and mildew sanitizing solution is changing the landscape on pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbes in personal and public spaces.
GlanHealth™ MOLD AND MILDEW SANITIZING
GlanHealth™ Mold & Mildew cleaner, deodorizer and sanitizer is uniquely formulated as a powerful, persistent, safe, and non-hazardous solution that cleans mold and mildew stains on all surfaces.
Forming a nano-thin, protective, triple-layer of protection, GlanHealth™ Mold & Mildew is strong and effective for the most extreme industrial applications, yet gentle enough for daily home use. GlanHealth™ Mold & Mildew stops microbes in their tracks and prevents colonies from forming across all surfaces.
EPA LISTED INGREDIENTS IN NON-TOXIC SANITIZER
GlanHealth™ manufactures environmentally- friendly, non-hazardous products that include EPA listed ingredients and an FDA-approved active ingredient in all of its sanitizers.
For use in private and public spaces, GlanHealth™ Mold & Mildew is safe to spray on any surface, including fabrics, carpets, walls, as well as outside items like tents, tarps, and more. While tested to protect for up to 28-days in high mold and mildew environments, GlanHealth™ Mold & Mildew can provide protection far longer in many other environments.
GlanHealth™ Mold & Mildew is designed as a pre- and post-wash treatment that is easily applied through conventional spraying, wiping, fogging, or with an electrostatic sprayer. Well-suited for a wide range of areas where mold and mildew control are an issue, sanitizing made simple now includes:
- Public bathrooms, homes, hotels, gymnasiums, and other facilities
- Industries where high temperature and high moisture environments create mold and mildew issues
- Marine vessels with canopies, sails and other surfaces that suffer from the effects of mold
- Rooms with humidifiers or similar devices that increase the moisture content in the air
- Industrial applications such as: water cooling towers, HVAC, water treatment plants, power plants, and petroleum refineries, among others
- Natural gas processing plants and food processing plants
MASS ADOPTION OF GLANHEALTH™
The world is taking notice of GlanHealth’s fresh, new, revolutionary sanitizing breakthrough. Manufactured and distributed in the U.S., GlanHealth™ is now available to businesses, consumers, hospitals and more statewide throughout Mexico.
To aid disaster relief in storm-affected areas including the Gulf Coast, Dalrada Health’s Compassionate Care Program donates GlanHealth™ products. Access to long-lasting alcohol-free, environmentally safe sanitizing products safely aids cleanup efforts worldwide. With cleanup efforts underway from Hurricane Laura’s devastation, GlanHealth’s donated products are providing peace of mind, sanitizing safety, and persistence from mold and mildew proliferation.
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