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Eliminate Mold in Your Home

There are more than 100,000 species of mold. At least 1,000 species of mold are common in the U.S. Molds can be found almost anywhere and they can have harmful health implications and destroy the structure of a home.

Mold can grow on virtually any substance when moisture is present, including wood, paper, carpet, and foods. Moisture can come from many sources, such as showers or even cooking can add moisture to the air in your home. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unmitigated.

Outdoors, many molds live in the soil and play a key role in the breakdown of leaves, wood, and other plant debris. There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment.

Mold Cleaning Tips:

If you already have mold and you're looking for some cleaning tips, try the latest recommendation: good old soap and water.

Apply a mixture of hot water and a strong detergent to the moldy area, then rinse thoroughly and let dry completely.

Some sources recommend using a solution of one part bleach to ten parts water, but you must be aware that bleach is a toxic substance. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area; take frequent breaks to get fresh air; and wear protective gloves, goggles and a respirator. Leave the bleach solution on for ten minutes, then rinse the area, let it dry completely-and whatever you do, don't use full-strength bleach!

You could also try dishwasher detergent, which can work because the crystals are abrasive enough to rub mold off surfaces.

Tips to Eliminate Mold in Your Home:

Content updated on 2/27/2007

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