Mold happens.

Almost every home develops mold at some point, especially in damp areas. Newer homes develop mold more than older ones because they’re less drafty.

Signs of Mold

Besides green or black moldy spots, other signs of a mold problem include cracked or peeling paint, dark streaks or “soot”, and a musty odor.

Look for It

Mold thrives in moisture. When warm surfaces and cold air meet, you’ll often find mold growing. Look for near tubs and showers, poorly insulated windows, and underneath sinks.

DIY Removal

You can often remove mold yourself, but you need to be safe about doing it! Improper removal can lead to health problems and cause the mold to spread, too.

Cover Up!

You don’t  need a Hazmat suit, but wear a filtered mask so you don’t inhale mold spores. Wear rubber gloves and clothing that you can launder in hot water after you’re done.

Work Safe

Remove anything near the moldy area and cover the floor with a sheet of plastic to catch drips. If you can’t move furniture, cover it with plastic, too.

Bleach-Free  Spray

A combination of borax, white vinegar, and hot water works best to kill mold on painted or wall-papered surfaces. You'll need several applications of this but it works.

Bleach-Based Spray

Remove mold from hard surfaces with a mixture of 2 ounces of chlorine bleach in 16 ounces of cold water. Spray and scrub the area, then repeat as needed.

Primer Time

Killing the mold does not remove the stain. To cover it, apply an oil-based primer, not latex. Once the primer dries, you can repaint with any type of paint you prefer.

Be Proactive

Once you've had a mold problem, it will come back if you don't fix what caused it in the first place. Take steps to address those issues and you'll keep mold away for good.