When a business is left messy and allowed to gather dirt, grime, and dampness, there is an excellent possibility that mold will set in. Most often, the result will be that of a good carpet cleaning.  It is the carpet that most think of when they think of mold. 

However, there are other areas just as susceptible to this most challenging problem to deal with.  As if mold is not only difficult to deal with, the issue is compounded by the fact that not all mold is the same.  In order to efficiently battle mold, you need to know the type you are dealing with first.

When battling mold, there are four common types.  They are all possible problems within your business, and if you have any of them, you are going to have a fight on your hands.

Penicillium

No, we are not talking about the antibiotic type here.  Although the controlled growth of the penicillin mold that is used for medicinal practices is more than sufficient in battling various infections of the bacterial nature.

The mold growth species, penicillium, is a type of mold that does way more harm than it ever will do good.  Penicillium is fond of the damp areas of your building, such as in the basement area or the bathrooms.  That is not to say that penicillium is not an equal opportunity type mold.  It can also be found in those areas not commonly thought of, such as carpets, chairs, and even behind the wallpaper. 

Trichoderma

This type of mold is a little more tricky, as it has up to five different species.  Each species looks very similar in nature to the other, growing in clusters that give the appearance of a wooly texture.  This type of mold likes to call its home in those very wet places within your business, such as the wallpaper and the carpet.

This type of mold has shown that all of its five species will cause, to some extent, an allergic reaction, as well as proving through prolonged exposure to be toxic.  There are adverse health effects as well, including problems with both the liver and pulmonary systems.

Acremonium

The textures of this type of mold can vary from that of a moist growth, all the way to that of a substance taking on a fine powdery appearance.  This mold is more difficult to localize due to the fact that when in its fine powdery state, just the act of walking by can trigger it into an airborne state.

The majority of instances of this type of mold growth occurs from the condensation that occurs in building appliances.  One such location you may find this type of mold is near an air conditioning unit of a building, and then subsequently through the ducts that unit services.

Cladosporium

As with most molds, their growth is determined by the warm temperatures around them.  However, this type of mold is a slight bit different.  Cladosporium has the unique ability to flourish in both warm and cold temperatures.  Because of this growing trait, this type of mold is one that will need to be checked for during a more substantial portion of the year.

As if the fact that its growing season is greatly extended, this type of mold makes it very hard to spot.  It has a tendency to grow in out of the way, uncommon areas, such as under the floorboards.  And, believe it or not, carpets and upholstery are preferred places for this mold to thrive. 

If you suspect you have a mold problem, it is highly advised to make sure sooner rather than later.  In some cases, it may only mean a good carpet cleaning is in order.  However, if the problem proves to be a major one, you will be thankful that you called in a professional and got a handle on it.