Got a Mold Problem with your Tanning Beds?
A tanning bed is a great equipment to own if you a frequent tanner. It allows to you do the whole process in the privacy of your house without the need to visit a salon. With a tanning bed at home, you will be able to schedule the tanning sessions to yourself hence it’s more convenient also affordable.
Just like any other home equipment, a tanning bed requires regular maintenance. One of the maintenance practices is cleaning. It’s necessary to clean your tanning bed to keep it working properly and keep off bacterial and fungal growth.
One of the problems experienced by people who own tanning beds is mold growth. The presence of moisture in a tanning bed breeds the growth of mold. When is mold growth inside, the spores can spread through the air and pose health problems to people and pets.
The bad odors and smells coming from a tanning bed could be a sure sign that mold and mildew are rapidly growing in it. If the growth of mold and mildew is left alone or unresolved, you and your family could be put at risk.
Symptoms of Mold Exposure
The most common signs of exposure to mold growth are red, irritated skin; unexplained internal pain; coughing; sneezing; wheezing and other flu-like symptoms. If you or any member of your family is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention. This person can then complete a full physical and run the proper tests to determine if you have been exposed to mold.
It is very important to see a physician as soon as possible. If these symptoms go undetected for a long period of time, the mold spores can quickly multiply. By the spores multiplying, it can put you at a greater risk of serious health issues.
How do you Remove Mold from the Tanning Bed?
Successful mold removal from a tanning bed can be achieved through two processes. One is by cleaning the tanning bed yourself using bleach, soap, and water. The other method, which is the last resort, is calling a professional mold removal company. You should outsource services when the DIY won’t help.
Using Bleach and Soap
In order to carry out this process, you will need to assemble the following items;
1. Soft cloths
2. Mild soap
5. Rubber gloves
Begin the process putting on your rubber gloves. This is to prevent your hands from damage by the bleaching agent.
Combine water and bleach in a bottle in a ratio of 1:9. This means that you will need one unit of bleach and nine units of water. Take another bottle and mix the soap with the remaining water in a ratio of 2:8. Lastly fill another bottle with plain water, close all the bottles tightly with a lid and shake thoroughly to mix the contents.
The next step is cleaning the tanning bed with the soap and water solution. Wipe every corner of the bed with the soft cloth which scrubbing off the mold. Wipe until the bed is dry.
Next, spray the tanning bed with your bleach and water solution to remove the entire remaining mold that was not removed by the soap. Wipe every corner of the bed until it’s completely dry.
The last step is to rinse the bed with your plain water. This will remove any bleach and soap left to avoid irritating the skin when you use the bed. You can let the water sit on the bed for 20 seconds then wipe it completely dry.
Seeking Professional Help
Sometimes, it’s impossible to control mold growth with bleach and water. In case your tanning bed has been infested with black mold, which is usually toxic, it may be difficult completely eradicate the mold, This is because the mold is likely to have produced spores which keep on floating in the air and continue to grow.
The primary danger of black mold comes from mycotoxins that are spread by the spores. These are tiny, microscopic filaments which are easily spread by air currents throughout the house. Once in place, mycotoxins that can pose serious health problems in people with weakened immune systems. Prolonged exposure to the spores can also produce chronic sinusitis. One of the signs that your home has become infected is the prevalence of allergic symptoms, such as sneezing which can be easily confused with hay fever. Other signs are runny noses, headaches, migraines and irritability.
People whose health can be seriously compromised by mycotoxins are those with weakened immune systems – especially children that are exposed since their immune systems are not fully developed and cannot cope with the constant invasion of toxins. The elderly are also easy victims to the toxins because their immune systems are not as strong as they once were and can easily be damaged.
The damage to your health caused by exposure to these toxins can be considerable, especially if you fall into one of the above categories. Since your health could depend on being able to live in a toxin-free house you should try to eliminate the causes of the problem and a professional black mold removal company could do just that. The cost would be small compared to having to seek medical attention.
Professional mold removal experts will come equipped with the necessary equipment to eradicate the mold. They may first perform mold testing to check any suspended mold spores in the air. They will then use advanced solutions to eradicate the mold.
As said above, the cost of mold removal by professionals will be far less than the amount you will spend in medical bills once exposed. Many of these companies offer discounts and the total cost will depend on the area infested and whether of mold testing will be performed. The total cost to remove mold from your tanning bed and spores can range from $300-$500. If the mold has infested other parts of the house like walls and basement, the amount can be quite high. However, you can get quotes from different companies, compare them and choose the best deal.