5 Ways to Clean Mold From the Most Important Surfaces In Your Home

Olde Hornet

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Moldy walls, wood, leather, fabrics, and furniture can all be dealt with.​

Finding mold in any part of your home can be cause for concern, but it’s also a fairly common occurrence—anywhere there is dampness, there is a chance for mold to grow. While mold can be harmful to your health, expensive professional removal isn’t always necessary; it can often be removed safely with the right cleaning strategy and safety precautions.

Mold is a fungus that releases spores into the air that can cause respiratory issues and serious harm to those who are immunocompromised. But you can remove most types of mold without professional assistance—as long as you catch it early and you take the necessary safety precautions to avoid breathing in the spores or spreading it to other areas of your home.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests wearing an N95 mask, gloves, and long sleeves; making sure the room has ample ventilation; and keeping the area as closed off from other parts of the home as possible. As long as the moldy area is less than 10 square feet (or a 3-foot by 3-foot area), the EPA says you can tackle the job on your own. Anything bigger, and you’ll probably want to call an expert.