A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
The tips and techniques presented in this section will help you
clean up your mold problem. Professional cleaners or premeditators
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
• 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
• 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 peel.
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 professional