Mold is dangerous, with the potential to cause sickness and respiratory problems. It can be found any place that has poor ventilation or is prone to moisture. This includes basements, laundry rooms, refrigerators, kitchens and bathrooms. Certain building materials have the right ingredients to attract spore growth, including cellulose substrates such as wood, ceiling tiles, paper products and cardboard. Materials containing other substrates also promote the growth of mold including insulation, paints, drywall, carpets and wallpaper.
You can effectively clean mold by using a mold and mildew solution including Clorox, Safety Clean, Lysol, Super Clean or X-14. Other options are to create a bleach disinfectant with 1 cup of bleach to 10 cups of water or mix 1/2 gallon of white vinegar with 1/2 gallon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup boric acid, shake well and spray the area.
When cleaning with a disinfectant solution, make sure the area is well ventilated. If you have allergies or react to mold, wear a face mask over your nose and mouth.
Simply spraying a chemical or cleaner will not clean mold from surfaces. You must scrub until the mold spores are gone.
Some people spray encapsulating mold paints, biocides or fungicidal products on moldy areas. That should only occur as a final preventative step, not as a cleaning tool.
If you're dealing with carpet mold, you must remove it completely. Pull up the tack strips as well, because they will likely contain mold, too.
Use baking soda or charcoal to remove mold's odor, if it's still present after treatment. Place bowls of baking soda or briquettes around the area to absorb the smell.