The group of mould fungi comprises a huge number of filament-based fungi. Though some of these are beneficial to mankind, such as in cheese-making and healthcare (cf. Penicillin), many present eminent property damage and health risks.
In particular, this applies to those species which are regularly found in enclosed areas, such as archival storage rooms, where temperature and humidity provide a favourable environment for their growth. Mould infestation manifests as discolouration and spots on paper documents, books and files; in some cases, it is not as visible, but equally dangerous.
Mould spores are irritants to most people, but to those with allergies, they can prove fatal. Some kinds produce mycotoxins that may have teratogenic or carcinogenic effects. Therefore, once a mould infestation is noticed, swift action must be taken by cleaning the infested materials and conducting a thorough sanitation and renovation of the involved rooms.
Rhenus Data Office provides a complete, full-service file saving process covering the treatment of mould infestation on your documents, from micro-biological examination via shock-frosting and freeze-drying to irradiation treatment and manual cleaning.
While we are treating your documents, your archive rooms should be thoroughly sanitized and renovated to prevent any re-contamination once we return your cleaned documents.