- Buy a carving kit - For detailed designs having the right tools are important. You can find pumpkin carving kits in stores that carry Halloween items. They should come with a drill tool, a poker tool and a couple mini-saws. The smaller teeth saws are better for fine detail work.
- Choose your pumpkin - Find a pumpkin that’s roughly the dimensions of the pattern you want to use. For a very detailed pattern, a larger pumpkin will be easier to carve. Pick a smooth one that’s free of scratches, dents, gouges or rotting spots. Also make sure it has a flat bottom so it will sit upright and not roll away. Wash and dry it thoroughly before starting.
- Cut open a lid - Covering your table with plastic will make cleanup easier. Using a sturdy kitchen knife, cut an opening around the stem. Cut in at an angle to prevent the lid from falling into the pumpkin. Cutting a circle with a notch in it will make replacing the lid fast and easy. The hole should be an inch or two wider than your fist, to allow for scooping out the guts.
- Scoop out the guts - Remove the bulk of the seeds and strings with you hands. Keep the seeds for roasting using the recipes in this book. Then using a big spoon, scrape the inner walls of the pumpkin until smooth. Scraping the wall where your design will be to about one inch thick makes carving easier. You can check thickness by pushing a straight pin through the wall.
- Print and attach the pattern - When printed, the patterns will be the size of a standard sheet of paper. You can reduce or enlarge the pattern to fit your pumpkin with a photocopier. With scissors, trim off the excess paper. Place the pattern over the area you made an inch thick. Tape the edges of the pattern to the pumpkin.
- Transfer the pattern - Use a push pin to lightly poke holes along the lines of the pattern. To trace the image onto the pumpkins skin, you don’t need to slice threw the whole shell, just puncture the outer skin.
- Begin carving - Placing the pumpkin in your lap can help keep it steady. You should start by carving the smallest pieces first. Hold your carving saw tool like a pencil and insert it straight into the pumpkin, on one of the dotted lines. Begin sawing along the lines, connecting the dots. Follow curved lines by gently turning the saw in the direction you wish to carve. For sharp corners, pull out the saw and reinsert at the new angle. Never twist the saw or it will bend or break. When cutting out the larger pieces, cut them into two or three smaller pieces to allow for easier removal. Use the paper pattern as reference as you carve. You’ll be removing the pieces that are shaded grey.
- Final touches - Remove all of the cut pieces, and compare your pumpkin to the paper pattern. Placing a light inside the pumpkin will allow you to see the holes clearly. Use the detail saw tool to carefully trim the inside edges of any excess flesh.
- Rinse - Give the finished pumpkin a good rinsing in the sink. Spray some cool water through all the cut openings, getting rid of any of the dangling bits. This also gives the pumpkin extra moisture to look its best.
- Preserve the pumpkin - Coat the cut edges with generous layer of petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) or white glue. Use your finger on large openings, and a cotton swab to coat the tiny openings. This helps seal in the pumpkin’s moisture, extending its life to a week or more.
- Light it up - Using a light, light up the inside of your pumpkin. There are some great battery operated LED lights or for a more traditional look use a battery operated fake candle.
Dispelling Myths about Mold RemovalIt all sounds very simple -- you find the source of the mold and clean it up. Some homeowners have read online how they can successfully remove mold from their home. As professionals, we must caution you against believing all that you read. Bleach and water combinations to remove mold can actually increase the likelihood of the mold returning in greater force. Bleach includes a phosphate that actually strengthens and feeds the mold growth rather than deterring it.
Myth - mold is always a problem you can seeMany people believe mold is a problem they can see, not one that hides from eyesight. While mold often shows itself in plain sight, at times it can hide behind cabinets, around water pipes, and in dingy, basement lighting. Trained professionals understand the common hiding spots for mold and can help stymie the problem after removal.
Myth - cleaning mold will make it disappear foreverCleaning mold can be a good first step, but the root cause of the mold needs to be fixed. It's easy to clean mold from hard surfaces like counters and tile. When mold spores interact with absorbent materials, that's when it becomes difficult to remove. At that point, the mold infestation needs to be physically removed and surfaces cleaned. Mold spores can reactivate after a period of time, so simply cleaning an absorbent surface will not suffice. Professionals need to clean and clear any carpets and surfaces like ceiling tile.
Myth - mold is only found as a result of a flood or water damageMany people believe mold is a result of water damage or a water pipe leaking. While those are common causes, mold can also infest the HVAC unit in your home, sending mold spores flying throughout your home. This may cause allergic or other health problems depending on the type of mold. We use a air duct cleaning system that removes all the mold and dust spores from the ventilation system and work to repair any problems inherent in the HVAC system.
Myth - mold isn't dangerousOur last myth seeks to dispel the idea that mold is not a danger to your health. Many people understand that mold spores can cause an array of allergic reactions. What some do not know is just how dangerous mold spores can be to you your health. Allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory ailments are common around mold spores. Prolonged exposure to mold spores can also cause memory loss, listlessness, or even more serious respiratory illnesses.
Our approach to mold remediationKleenRite uses the latest techniques from accredited institutions to ensure your home or business remains mold free in the future. Our technicians have the latest, up-to-date training and equipment to remove mold and fix the source of the mold problem. Call us today to schedule a free mold assessment.
We get phone calls, emails, and stopped on our routes by concerned homeowners. They may have a mold problem. It's musty in the basement or bathroom. Or there was water damage a few years back and now the walls have the tell-tale signs of mold. Is it a bad mold they might ask? How can we tell? The answer lies in a professional inspection. At KleenRite, we help Champaign-Urbana residents root out the nature of the mold in their home and find the solution fast. If you've experienced water damage in your home, it's a good idea to do a followup with disaster repair specialists to ensure the clean-up was done properly and no mold growth has occurred. Symptoms of mold in your home:
- musty odor in certain areas
- excessive humidity in home
- water damage without proper cleanup
- visible signs of mold
Mold Inspection in Champaign, IL
Should you contact us for the musty bathroom odor? We offer free our free mold inspection service to those in Champaign-Urbana. So it can't hurt to call and schedule your visit. We go over the home's history with you, talk about the possible causes, and inspect the trouble areas. An inspection does not always equate to mold removal. It may be a false alarm, a minor fix, or something that does not require our mold remediation service. Mold remediation refers to the process of cleaning up mold that's found in the home. Our mold inspection service identifies problems, rather than fixing them. A separate appointment will need to be made to reverse any mold problems found in the home.
KleenRite's Mold Qualifications
We are certified to handle mold inspections in the state of Illinois. We have staff members with the requisite experience to handle any residential or commercial mold inspection. Our past experience has proven that we only take on jobs where mold remediation has to occur. We help you understand the process as it relates to insurance adjusters and through the entire remediation process. We have been in the mold, fire, and water damage repair business for many years. If you have a mold problem, we recommend calling us for your inspection. It's better to be safe now. Call us today at 217-351-4930.The only right answer to this question is "it depends." It depends on how much mold is in the home. It depends on the needed treatment to fully remove the mold problem. It depends on the homeowner's budget, as well. So when we get asked the cost to perform mold remediation, we first have to answer the following questions:
- what areas have the mold infected?
- will removal require removing structure and replacing that structure
- will wipes and the HEPA vacuum remove much of the problem