How to Clean Indoor Mold

Get rid of it quickly if you see it in your home. Not only can it irritate your allergies, but it can also damage whatever surface it’s growing on.

If the moldy area is larger than 10 square feet, you might want to hire a contractor to do the job. Check that he’s got experience in removing mold.

If your allergies are severe, ask someone else to clean it up. If you have to do it yourself, wear a face mask while you clean.
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How to Clean Indoor Mold

Get rid of it quickly if you see it in your home. Not only can it irritate your allergies, but it can also damage whatever surface it’s growing on.

If the moldy area is larger than 10 square feet, you might want to hire a contractor to do the job. Check that he’s got experience in removing mold.

If your allergies are severe, ask someone else to clean it up. If you have to do it yourself, wear a face mask while you clean.
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If you have milder allergies and the area is not too big, you should still wear gloves and goggles while you clean. It will help protect your skin and eyes. Don’t touch mold with your bare skin.

Use soap and warm water to scrub it from hard surfaces (such as tile), and then make sure the area is completely dry. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology also recommends that you use a bleach solution.

Once the area is dry, make sure that all of the mold is gone. It may be impossible to remove it from some things, such as ceiling tiles or carpeting. If they’re still moldy, you may need to replace them.

Never paint or caulk over an area with mold. Remove the fungus first.
Keep Outdoor Molds Out of Your Home

Most of the time, your contact with mold happens outdoors. But spores can sneak into your home through windows and doors and on your shoes and clothing. To stop this from happening:

Keep your doors and windows closed when outdoor mold spore counts are high. Use an air conditioner with a HEPA filter instead.
Leave your shoes at the door so you don’t track it through your home.
Take a shower and change your clothes after spending time outside.
Clean and vacuum regularly. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter to catch small particles and dust.

You may need to get treatment for your allergy if you get rid of mold but still have symptoms. Over-the-counter medicine includes steroid nasal sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants. See your doctor if these don’t give you relief.

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