Planet People's "Five Ds" to Clean Up and Prevent Mold After the Water Recedes

TORONTO, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - After the rain subsides and flood waters recede, water-logged residents throughout Canada may face a lingering and unwanted visitor: indoor mold. Mold can cause thousands of dollars of damage to a home, and can also be a health hazard. Traditional mold-fighting solutions, like bleach, have limited effectiveness against mold and also emit harmful chemicals into the air.

"Homeowners can eliminate mold and help prevent it from returning by following five simple steps," said Eric Green, president of Planet People™, a Canadian manufacturer of non-toxic, high performance cleaning products for homeowners and professionals. "At Planet People, we advise consumers to follow the "Five Ds" to mitigate mold issues: Deflect, Dry, Discard, Deactivate, and Dehumidify."

  1. Deflect - A key to mold prevention is stopping water and moisture from infiltrating your home.  In the midst of a soggy spring, check that your downspouts are intact and are deflecting water away from your home. Also, ensure that the surrounding property is graded so that water is directed away from the foundation.
  2. Dry - Mold can grow on water-damaged surfaces in as little as 24 to 48 hours. If flooding occurs in your home, take steps to dry affected areas as quickly as possible. Remove excess water with a shop vacuum or water pump (you can rent one at your local home improvement store). Once the water is removed, use fans to circulate and absorb moisture in the air. If weather permits, open all doors and windows; indoor mold spore counts are typically higher than outdoor counts. Call a pro if the job feels too big or if you suspect sewer back up.
  3. Discard - Throw out water-logged and mold-infested materials that are replaceable, such as carpeting or ceiling tiles. The general rule is: if in doubt, throw it out. If drywall has absorbed water, the drywall should be cut out 12 inches above the water level and replaced once the room has dried out.
  4. Deactivate - Use a Health Canada-registered, non-toxic solution like Concrobium Mold Control® to fight remaining indoor mold. This innovative "2-in-1" solution kills mold and prevents it from coming back, and it contains no bleach or other harmful chemicals. It's important to treat hidden areas in a home such as crawlspaces, closets and under furniture to be sure they remain mold-free. Special fogger units, which mist Concrobium Mold Control into the air, can be used to treat large or inaccessible spaces such as basements and attics. Foggers are available for rent at The Home Depot® Tool Rental department.
  5. Dehumidify - Run a dehumidifier to take additional moisture out of the air. Maintain relative indoor humidity between 30 and 50 percent and monitor humidity levels with a hygrometer, an inexpensive device found at many hardware stores.

Following the "Five Ds" will help alleviate the mold issues that many Canadian homeowners are facing in the wake of a wet spring season. For additional tips on mold control and to download a mold prevention checklist, please visit or

About Concrobium Mold Control
Concrobium Mold Control is a ground-breaking technology that helps do-it-yourselfers and professionals fight harmful mold without resorting to harsh chemicals. It's a Health Canada-registered solution that kills mold and keeps it from coming back - without bleach, ammonia or VOCs. Concrobium Mold Control is available at major retailers across Canada. For more information on Concrobium Mold Control, please visit

About Planet People
Planet People, a division of Siamons International Inc., is a Canadian manufacturer of innovative, sustainable products that offer high-performance cleaning to consumers and professionals. The company's brand portfolio includes Concrobium Mold Control®, Gloves Off® and iQ, The Smarter Cleaner®. For more information about Planet People, visit

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