Surface Mold Test Kit
The Surface Mold
Test Kit can be used at home or work to:
- Prove you have live mold contamination on surfaces;
- Confirm you have cleaned or sanitized the surface and drastically reduced
the mold spore count;
- Send a swab of the sample to a laboratory for toxic mold identification.
- Prove to a landlord or management that "you've got mold."
Surface Mold Testing Method
The Kit is quick and easy to use!
Sampling - Take a wipe
sample of the suspect mold using the swab, then:
Wipe the swab
on the film in the
pattern of an "x".
Save the swab in a locking plastic bag
if you want the mold(s) identified later.
activating liquid onto
the film and press closed. Store the
film in the Kit box in a warm location
in your warmest room.
NOTE: Most molds take 4 to 7
to grow large enough to be visible.
Example of gross contamination.
Check the mold colonies as they grow
to visible size on days 3, 4, 5+.
If the film
grows dozens or hundreds
of "dot" colonies like this, you have
confirmed a source of live mold
Every dot which begins to appear on the film is a growing
mold colony. If hundreds appear you have a confirmed source of contamination
(see number 3 above).
If only a few appear (5-10+) you do not have contamination - these are
"background spores" (see graphic below).
Typical background pattern.
If only a few colonies appear
(5-10+) this represents background
spores, not a source of
If your surface mold test proves you have mold contamination,
then you must take action to clean it up AND find the source of water
which is causing it to grow. Use the MoldCheck™ Investigation Guide to
find the water and the Clean Up Guide to prepare
a safe clean up plan.
Saving Mold Test Kit
If you want to save
your test film results, you can photograph, scan or freeze them. After the
films have grown for 7 days, they are fully mature. Place each film
separately in a locking plastic bag, squeeze all the air out and lock it shut.
Place the bags in another locking plastic bag, close it and place it in the
freezer. This will halt the growth of the mold and preserve it - but it is
When you remove the
films from the freezer do not open the individual bags. When you have
finished utilizing the films for "show-and-tell" discard them, unopened, in the