July 9, 2006

Tips on how to clean mold found in the house

If while you're cleaning the house you find a suspicious dark spot, you can check to see if it's mold by dabbing the spot with a small amount of chlorine bleach. If the color changes or disappears, the stain is likely mold, says Health Canada.

If you do find mold:

  • Throw it out if the spot is on a blanket or rug.
  • If the spot is small, clean it by using one part bleach to four parts water and a small amount of a non-ammonia dishwashing detergent. Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia.
  • Identify and remove the source of water. Leaking water can also lead to serious structural damage.

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