Tips and techniques
The tips and techniques presented in this section will help you clean up
your mold problem. Professional cleaners or remediators may use methods not
covered in this publication. Please note that mold may cause staining and
cosmetic damage. It may not be possible to clean an item so that its
original appearance is restored.
- Fix plumbing leaks and other water problems as soon as possible.
Dry all items completely.
- Scrub mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry
- Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may
have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in
the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be
difficult or impossible to remove completely.
- Avoid exposing yourself or others to mold (see discussions:
What to Wear When
Cleaning Moldy Areas and
- Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the
surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to
- If you are unsure about how to clean an item, or if the item is
expensive or of sentimental value, you may wish to consult a specialist.
Specialists in furniture repair, restoration, painting, art restoration
and conservation, carpet and rug cleaning, water damage, and fire or water
restoration are commonly listed in phone books. Be sure to ask for and
check references. Look for specialists who are affiliated with