How do I clean up molds?
  • Wear protective clothing, gloves, respirator, and eye protection (goggles or face shield).
  • Fix the source of the water/moisture problem.
  • Begin cleanup by removing all moldy materials including sheetrock, wood products, carpeting, ceiling tiles, and any other porous material. Bag and throw away all the moldy materials.
  • Allow the area to dry for three days.
  • Clean the area using a stiff brush or cleaning pad along with a non-ammonia detergent. Rinse or vacuum the area.
  • Disinfect the entire area using diluted household chlorine bleach (1.5 cups of chlorine bleach per gallon of water).

Never mix bleach with ammonia - the vapors are toxic! 

Caution: Bleach vapors can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. Always make sure the working area is well-ventilated. Wear gloves when using disinfectants like bleach.

Please be advised that for large areas of mold (greater than ten square feet), you may want to hire a mold remediation specialist.

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1. What are molds?
2. Can molds cause me to be ill?
3. Are some molds toxic?
4. What is the toxic mold described on TV?
5. How do I know if the S. atra mold is in my house?
6. What are the common molds found in homes?
7. How can mold become a problem in my building?
8. What are the common areas for the S. atra mold to grow in buildings?
9. Should I have my mold tested?
10. How do I clean up molds?
11. Can I become ill from cleaning up mold?
12. How do I choose a mold remediation specialist?
13. How do I prevent mold?
14. Can the heating and air conditioning ductwork become contaminated?
15. Where can I get more information?