8 Tips for Cleaning Mold

— Written By Shae King
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The key to mold control is moisture control, they’re like best friends. If you are experiencing a mold problem within your home, you should remove the mold promptly and fix the water problem. No water problem, no moisture & mold. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

Always Protect Yourself

Wear personal protective equipment (gloves, mask, goggles) to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin. Ingesting mold spores. 


When electricity is safe to use, use fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture.

Air It Out

  • Open all doors and windows when you are working
  • Leave as many open as you safely can when you leave.

Toss It Out

  • If it is wet and can’t be completely cleaned and dried within 24 to 48 should be taken outside.
  • Be sure to take photos of your discarded items for filing insurance claims.

Don’t Mix Chemicals

  • When using cleaning products, do not mix them together.
  •  DO NOT mix BLEACH and AMMONIA, it can create toxic vapors.

Scrub Surfaces

  • Clean with water and a detergent.
  • Remove all the mold you can see and dry immediately after.

Don’t Cover It, Remove It

  • Painting or caulking over mold will not prevent mold from growing.
  • Fix the water problem completely and clean up all the mold before you paint or caulk.

Dry It Up

  • Dry your home and everything in it as quickly as possible – within 24 to 48 hours if you can.

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Written By

Shae King, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionShae KingExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Shae Email Shae N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center
Updated on May 5, 2021
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