Clean mold from hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry them thoroughly. Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpets, may need to be discarded if they become moldy. The first step in the cleaning process is to conduct a study of contaminated areas. With appropriate personal protective equipment, the inspector must perform a thorough visual or video inspection to determine the quantity and type of items to be cleaned.
This should include identifying surfaces that are porous (those that have small holes or that cross them completely, such as fabric or paper), semiporous (those that have some holes but are not completely permeable) and non-porous (those that have no holes in the surface). For our purposes, hard objects that allow air to circulate through them, such as computers, or objects with many contours, such as carvings, are treated as semiporous elements. Occasionally, mold can be found in the bathroom, on a window sill, on the shower curtain, or on the wall. This mold can be cleaned from the surface with a damp cloth and a cleaning agent (such as a window or bathroom cleaner).
Preventing mold growth requires controlling the source of moisture, which can be as simple as using a dehumidifier or repairing a simple leak. Sampling for mold is generally not recommended. Understanding the results can be difficult, and no matter what type of mold is in your home, you must clean it up and fix the moisture problem. Mold spores are always present all around us, but when the right conditions (temperature, humidity and a food source) are in place, mold can stick to and grow on various surfaces and pose a health hazard.
Remember: drying your home and removing items damaged by water is the most important step in preventing mold damage. You'll want to get rid of mold from the outside of your house, from the siding or from the terrace as soon as possible. Professional restoration technicians and contractors are often tasked with removing mold from more than just walls, floors, and ceilings.