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How to Prevent and Remove Mold on Baby Clothes

How do I Remove Mold on My Baby’s Clothes?

A Mold Blogger reader asked the following question:


I have a 3 month old who spits up a lot and as often as I change her clothes or put bibs on her etc, she is constantly wet by her neck and chest.

I let her clothes air dry after removing them from her but before putting therm in the hamper. Recently, however, her clothing started to get moldy up by the neck.

I now have one cotton, one terry and one velor stretchy of hers that is no longer wearable. I tried soaking these outfits in vinegar before washing but saw no difference.

I also tried rubbing some oxy-clean solution on before washing but that did not do it either. Any suggestions? I am looking forward to a response on how to best remove this mold (and how to prevent mold from growing on other outfits.) Thanks.
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Mold on Skin: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Mold on Skin?

Can mold grow on skin? Why not? Skin is made of biodegradable material just like other materials that grow mold such as couches, carpet, or sheet rock. Because of this, skin is not immune to mold growth. Many people aren’t aware that mold on skin is even possible. However, any growth of mold on skin is considerably more dangerous than dealing with mold contamination on last night’s dinner or on your shower tiles. After all, it is growing directly on your body.

Causes of Mold on Skin

There are a variety of things which can cause the growth of mold on skin. Depending on what caused the mold growth, the treatment varies accordingly. Here are the 3 main causes for the growth of mold on skin: Read More

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Mold Warning Signs: How to Tell if You Have a Mold Problem

Find mold before it becomes a major mold problem

Mold is dangerous. It reproduces quickly, and once mold spores get into the air, they can be difficult to remove. Knowing this makes it quite disheartening when a homeowner finds a mold problem in the home they live in.

Discovering that you have mold within your home can cause you to feel a strange gamut of emotions. You might initially feel disgusted, frustrated or you may even feel a sense of being overwhelmed. Placing your home up for sale might be the first thing that pops into your mind, but that should be a last resort. Having a mold problem does not mean that you cannot get your house back.

However, it does mean that you must take immediate action. Many people actually live in a home with mold and never realize it is there. They ignore the warning signs until the problem reaches a point where the mold is taking over and affecting their health.

If you can find mold BEFORE it becomes a major problem, the remediation process will be substantially cheaper and easier to complete. There are warning signs that can alert homeowners to a potential problem. If you notice any of these warning signs, take the necessary actions to inspect and remediate.

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Mold Removal Cost – What You Can Expect To Pay

If you have found mold in your home, you are most likely wondering how much you can expect to pay to get rid of it. Of course, mold is a serious condition and must be remedied right away. You’ll want to take immediate steps to identify and remove the mold while also fixing the source of moisture that led to the environment which allowed mold growth.

When you are deciding whether to take care of the mold yourself or call in a professional, consider these questions.

How much mold is in your home?

How deep has the mold gone? It can be difficult to assess how much the mold has grown beyond what you can see without a proper mold inspection, especially if it is hidden deep into walls or cracks and crevices. Surface mold is much easier to deal with and contain. There are many sprays and soaps that are made to kill and remove mold. Many homeowners may even be proficient enough to replace drywall and insulation on their own. The real problem arises when the mold has gone airborne or has gotten into several structural elements of the home. And sometimes it can be difficult to know how far the mold has traveled.

What caused the mold?

It is greatly beneficial to determine the source of the moisture that caused the mold when determining whether or not you should perform your own mold remediation. Obviously, the source of moisture must be remedied as well as the mold. Knowing the source of moisture may also help you determine how much mold is present, especially if you know how long the moisture has been an issue. For example, you may know that your roof started leaking from a small hole a month ago which may help you determine how much mold is present and how deep it has grown. Perhaps you had a flood or other known source of water into your home.

Again, the problem arises when there are unknowns. Even if you find the source of the moisture, can you be certain on the length of time exposed and how deep the moisture has traveled? If you are uncertain, it is best to call in the pros.

The health and safety of your family is much more important than the price you’ll have to pay to remove the mold, but this guide will help you if you need to get a bid.

If the area is a small one, you can remove the mold yourself with just a few dollars worth of cleaning supplies. If you’re concerned about breathing the spores, you can get a respirator, which will cost from around $25 for a simple over the mouth and nose version, to around $150 for a full face professional level unit. If you’re unsure if you need a respirator there are 7 ways to know if a mold is dangerous. For large infestations, it’s time to call in the pros.

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Symptoms of Household Mold Exposure

What are the Symptoms of Household Mold Exposure?

There are a lot of things that make us sick. From the common cold to more serious viruses, every year brings new germs. But what if it isn’t a germ that is making us sick? What if it is something else? What if it is something growing in our homes? When a person feels ill they may not immediately consider the cause to be mold. Mold can and does cause serious health problems in many people. It helps to understand the symptoms of household mold exposure so that you can recognize them should they emerge in you or a member of your family. 

Exposure to mold has several symptoms including:

  • A skin rash: There are many reasons you may develop a rash, and household mold exposure is one of them. Although you may think that the skin can only become inflamed by direct contact with the mold, this isn’t always the case. You can develop redness in your skin simply from inhaling the fumes from the mold. If you develop a rash on your skin and don’t have an answer as to what caused it, don’t rule out household mold exposure. Head on over to a dermatologist who can help diagnose your condition.
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How to Test Your Home for Mold Problems

Does your home have mold?

The answer is probably. Should you worry about it? It depends. There are several thousand strains of mold in existence, and each of us encounter many of them in our daily lives.

Most experts believe that except for those with asthma or other respiratory problems, these daily mold encounters are harmless. The problem arises with a particular mold called Stachybotrys.

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Examples of Mold Lawsuits

Lawsuits Won Against Mold

Here are some examples of lawsuits resulting in high-dollar awards to those who suffered because of toxic mold:

A Group in California

A group in California was awarded $1.3 million for claims against contractors that performed work so poorly it caused leaks and allowed mold to enter their homes.

Two Women in Delaware

Two women in Delaware were awarded $1.04 million because their landlord failed to fix leaks which led to mold in the residence, as well as claimed health issues as a result.

A Homeowner in California V Allstate

A homeowner in California was awarded $18 million against Allstate Insurance because of their refusal to approve claims for mold damage. The judge lowered the jury’s award down to $3 million.

Celebrity in Los Angeles loses big

In October 2012, former NBA player and coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his wife were ordered by a Los Angeles County Superior Court to pay over $2.7 million in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages. Plaintiff had purchased the Tomjanovich’s Pacific Palisades home in 2007 and alleged that they failed to disclose the existence of water leaks and mold in the residence during the sales transaction.

Renter in Oregon

On December 9, 2011, an Oregon jury returned a verdict of $103,000, plus attorneys’ fees, against a property management company. The plaintiff, a radiologist, had rented a home managed by the defendant. When a water leak occurred in a stairwell, plaintiff advised the defendant property management company. Despite the complaint, no repairs were made and a strong musty odor developed.

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Bathroom Mold – How To Remove & Prevent Regrowth

Mold can grow anywhere in a home or business, but one of the most common places to see it is in the bathroom. Bathroom mold is more common due to the higher humidity levels you’ll find there, and the fact that the area doesn’t always get the chance to dry out properly. If a lot of people use the bathroom or if there’s no vent fan running when a person is using the shower – and for a little while afterward – it’s much more likely that dampness will accumulate and can cause water damage to your home.

Suspect a leak?

It really doesn’t take much for mold to start growing. If you see it, especially if it’s black mold, you’ll want to do two things: remove it, and prevent it from coming back. To get rid of the problem, you need to get rid of the source of the moisture. Check carefully for leaks, and for places where moisture and wetness collect. Along the edges of sinks, tubs, and showers are important places to check. You’ll also want to make sure that the pipes under the sink or for the shower or tub aren’t leaking.

If you notice a leak, have it fixed right away. If you don’t have a vent fan in your bathroom – especially one near the shower area – it can be worthwhile to have one installed. If it’s used when the shower is running it’ll take a lot of the moisture out of the bathroom. Just leave it on until you get ready to leave the room, and you should help avoid any mold problems that way. Those kinds of things will help prevent mold from coming back, but they won’t get rid of the issue that you already have. If it’s black mold, it can easily make you sick. Getting rid of it is important.

“What if I only have a small area that needs remediation?”

You can clean small areas of mold with a soap and water solution and a sponge. Make sure to clean the area thoroughly and get all the infestation. It doesn’t take much for mold to return, and even a few spores can start it growing again. If the area isn’t wet when you start to clean it, the spores can get into the air and spread throughout the house. Make sure to dampen the area if the mold is dry. You can also use bleach when cleaning, but you’ll need to be very careful what surfaces you use it on. Bleach can damage a lot of different things.

After you’ve cleaned the black mold, rinse the area thoroughly and make sure it dries completely. You can use a fan or a hair dryer to give yourself some peace of mind. That way, you won’t be risking more mold because you got the area wetter than it was before. Black mold grows quickly, so keep an eye on the area you cleaned for a few days and see if you notice the mold coming back. If you do, it might be time to call in a professional.

Mold Removal Services – How to Choose a Mold Remediator

Finding that you have mold in your house can be very stressful, for a couple of reasons. The danger to your health can be significant, and the cost to have it removed can also be a serious issue. If you only have a small mold problem in one area of your home you may be able to take care of it yourself. However, if the problem is large, in more than one area, or has worked its way into the walls, it might not be something you can handle as a homeowner. At that point, you’d be better off calling in a mold remediator.

What Is A Mold Remediator?

Mold remediators are people who are specially trained to handle mold problems in homes and businesses. They know what they’re doing and they have the right tools, equipment and chemicals to get the job done. They guarantee their work, too, so you won’t have to worry about the mold coming back, as long as the problem that caused it (such as a leaking pipe) has been taken care of. Not all remediators are the same, so you’ll want to check them out and get the right one. Here are some things to look for:

  • Is the remediator licensed and insured?
  • What kind of guarantee is offered, and for how long? Is it in writing?
  • Are there any Better Business Bureau complaints against the company?
  • What kind of cost will you be looking at for the remediation?
  • How long will it take?
  • Will you have to stay elsewhere while the job is being done?
  • Does the remediator handle any other work, such as fixing a pipe, re-sheetrocking an area, or painting? If not, can he or she recommend someone?

It’s important to ask these kinds of questions. You don’t want to get caught unaware because you thought you had everything planned out but really didn’t. Those extra and unwanted expenses can really push your budget if you don’t get a good remediator that’s going to take care of everything for you for a fair price.

Get More Than One Estimate

You should always get more than one estimate from multiple remediators. The prices charged for services are usually similar, but there can be sharp variations.  Ask around for recommendations and carefully compare the services offered with the final price. Don’t sign a contract until your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, you’ve checked with more than one company, and you feel comfortable with the remediator you’ve chosen to do the work.

Make Sure You’re Comfortable With The Remediator

Tools and equipment and know-how are important, but personality matters, as well. The remediator and the people he or she works with will be in your home or business, possibly for several days – depending on the extent of the problem. You want people you can trust and feel comfortable with, and you can find them by taking the time to locate the right mold remediator to handle your job.

Recognizing And Removing Mold Is The First Step With Your New Bathroom Design

We would all agree that mold is a nuisance, especially in the bathroom, but what many don’t know is that it can also be a major health hazard. Some types of mold can aggravate allergies, cause respiratory distress or even be life threatening. Because of this, it’s important to assess any mold infestation before you begin a bathroom remodeling project. Never leave any type of mold untreated during a bathroom design renovation.

What is mold?

Mold is a fungus. It grows from tiny spores that float in the air. When these spores land in a moist, temperate environment they grow and multiply. The range of what they find temperate is large, from between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That includes most damp areas in any home.

Signs of Mold

The most recognizable type of mold fungus is mildew. Mildew is generally a surface problem and easy to eliminate using any product containing bleach.

Many times mold problems are undetectable until surface staining or a strong, musty odor appears. Once you suspect a problem below the surface it’s important to expose the infested area. If it’s a wall, cut away mushy drywall past the point of damage. If you don’t get rid of all the mold, it will just grow back.

Often mold can cause rot to set in. If mold is found in wooden studs or joists these must be treated or replaced.

The most notorious type of mold fungus is black mold. This fungus is highly toxic and must be treated with the utmost care. When dealing with black mold it’s recommended that you get a professional to clean and treat the area.

Mold can be very difficult to categorize without testing, so if you find a high concentration of mold it’s always advisable to have it tested. You can contact a professional in your community or get advice from your local health department.

Cleaning Up The Mess

There are certain safety precautions that should be followed when cleaning out a concentrated area of an infestation. Since spores travel through the air, it’s important to protect the rest of your home when treating an area. These simple precautions can keep you and your family safe.

  • Wear old clothing that can be cleaned or disposed of after the project is completed.
  • Wear gloves, goggles and a respiratory to avoid inhaling the spores.
  • Keep the room isolated from the rest of your home.
  • Turn off the heater or air conditioner, and block the air ducts in the infected room.
  • Make sure the area is well ventilated to the outside.

The bathroom is more susceptible to mold because of the near constant dampness, so when you decide to makeover your bathroom be sure to do the appropriate inspections to insure that no mold is present. And if there is even the slightest trace found, be sure to take the appropriate measures to get rid of it or you could be facing many issues and even health problems in the future.

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Water Damage: Mold Removal Tips

Anyone who’s had water damage in his home or business probably knows there may be more to the story than just letting it dry naturally. If water damage isn’t dried out and treated properly, mold and mildew (a definitive guide to Black Mold) can become a big problem. If it’s your first time facing water damage from a flood, a burst pipe, or another reason, you might be at a little bit of a loss when it comes to what steps to take, how soon, and in what order.


Depending on the extent of the water damage, you may be able to take care of it yourself. Small water problems call for basic do-it-yourself tips, (3 must know tips for do-it-yourself mold removal) like drying out the area and using products that are specifically designed to destroy mildew. Fans directed at the wet area can help it dry quickly and efficiently. So can running the heater in the house, because it dries out the air. You can also try using a hair dryer on the area if it’s a small space, so you can dry out the carpet, baseboard, or drywall.

There are products designed for protecting an area from mold and mildew, as well, including sprays and paints. Even if you dry out the area thoroughly, you’ll still want to consider using one of those products to make sure you don’t let mold start to develop.

Repainting the area with a mold-stopping paint can be a good plan, depending on the size of the area. You can always do that, allow it to dry, and repaint over that with a color that matches the room. For very small areas, or for treating carpeting and soft furniture, there are anti-mold sprays that can be purchased and used to stop mildew growth.

Hire a Professional

If these things aren’t enough, they don’t seem to do the job, or the area is very large – such as your house getting flooded – it may be in your best interest to hire a professional restorer. A mold remediation specialist (How to Choose a Mold Remediator) can make sure that any problems are resolved before they get started, or can treat them once they develop. It’s better to catch mold problems early, but a professional can treat advanced issues, as well.

What to look for and where you should go when locating a mold remediation specialist is similar to finding any kind of worker for your home. Make sure you find someone who’s insured, and who’s properly licensed. If they make a mistake, you’ll be compensated. All reputable companies will meet these requirements.

You should also get some estimates. Just because two or three companies perform the same service doesn’t mean they all charge the same price. You don’t want to end up paying too much when you could’ve gotten the same quality for hundreds or thousands less. Ask questions of the people who you’re considering working with.

Make sure you understand the process they’ll be going through, what it means for you and your family, and whether you’ll have to stay somewhere else while the work is being done. The mold damage might’ve been a surprise, but the remediation process doesn’t have to be.

How A Professional Mold Inspection Could Save Your Life

The growth of mold and mildew in a structure is a problem for buildings of all kinds, despite their age or the environment in which they’re situated. It would be a mistake to assume that only older buildings can suffer from heavy mold growth, or that structures in dry, arid climates are safe. In fact, mold can be found in both residential and commercial buildings anywhere in the world.

What Factors Contribute To Mold Growth?

There are many different factors that can contribute to the proliferation of mold, including catastrophic events like floods, environmental contributors like heavy rainfall or humidity, interior plumbing problems, faulty construction or maintenance (e.g. a leaky roof), and so forth. Another mistake that many people make when it comes to mold is in assuming that they would notice if the problem were present.

How Can You Recognize Mold Growth?

Sometimes mold growth is extremely obvious: It can be visible to the naked eye, or a musty odor might permeate the building. However, in many cases mold may be termed a “silent killer.” You may not even realize you have a mold problem until physical symptoms like allergic reactions, skin irritation, infection or more serious respiratory complications begin to manifest themselves. For this reason, your best course of action is to schedule a regular mold inspection for your home, office or other property. Given the number of toxic molds that are capable of growing in a building, a thorough mold inspection conducted by a qualified mold remediation professional could even save your life.

How Do You Identify A Harmless Mold?

Molds come in many different forms and colors, and some have a much greater potential for harm than others. The problem is, it can be difficult – if not impossible – to tell the harmless mold from the lethal mold if you lack the experience and training necessary to differentiate them. Some molds may do little more than look unsightly or smell unpleasant. However, left unchecked, all molds pose a potential structural hazard for the building over time. Molds reproduce via spores, which travel through the air and can attach and proliferate on any surface. This means that a small, relatively contained mold problem in the basement could quickly spread throughout the home and begin to compromise the health of the building.

A total house renovation due to mold damage can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take months or even years to complete. A much more cost-effective solution is to catch the problem before it begins with a careful mold inspection. Removing a little bit of mold is a simple process; contending with a houseful of it is not!

In addition to the negative effects on the building itself, there are types of mold that can be hazardous to your health. The most lethal type of mold is referred to as “black mold.” Black mold, of the genius Stachybotrys, is a slimy, green-black growth that feeds off of cellulose and releases poisonous organic compounds called mycotoxins into the air as it digests the material. These mycotoxins, when inhaled or ingested by people and animals, can cause headaches, vision problems, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory complications and even death. Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems such as cancer or AIDS patients are particularly susceptible to the dangers of black mold.

If there is any chance that your home has recently been exposed to excessive moisture or if you haven’t had a mold removal specialist check the structure for mold recently, you would do well to schedule a mold inspection with an experienced company like Alladin Restoration. Mold inspection can do more than simply spare your home from mold – it could actually save your life.

Contributed by our friends at Alladin Restoration, a Mold Remediation specialist.

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Wet Climates Attract Mold

Do You Live In a Wet Climate?

If you live in a wet climate, you have to be more careful of mold than you would if you live somewhere that’s very dry. Like most living things, mold needs moisture to grow and thrive. That sounds like common sense, but a lot of people don’t realize it. They think that, because they have a home with a good plumbing system and an air conditioner, that they don’t have to worry about any kind of mold growth. When you live in a wet area of the country, though, your home can harbor a lot of moisture that you don’t really think about, especially if you have carpet.

Does Your Carpet Soak Up Water?

How many times have you walked across that carpet with wet shoes because it was raining outside? Or the grass was wet? Or the leaves that you raked were wet? Most people don’t take their shoes off at the door, and if they have pets or small children there have certainly been instances where wet shoes (or paws) have been tracked along the carpet. These things generally don’t do any harm and they dry on their own, but in very wet climates they may stay damp for a long time, giving the carpet or the underlayment (padding and/or wooden floors) a chance to cultivate mold growth.
When that mold grows under the carpet you don’t see it but you may get a musty smell in your home that you have a hard time pinpointing. You may also find that your allergies are bothering you or that your family gets sick more often than they did in the past. You don’t have to move to the desert, but some testing for mold may be necessary. You can also have the carpets treated with shampoos and cleaners that inhibit mold growth, but be aware that most of these will wet the carpet even more, so drying them adequately is vital.

What Can You DO About It?

If you live in a very wet climate and you’re always having problems with mold you might want to think about trading in your carpet for hardwood floors or – preferably – tile. Some people worry that tile can get slick when it’s wet, but it won’t encourage mold growth like carpet and it will dry better, faster, and more easily. There are various kinds of floor tile that are well-designed to keep people from sliding, and they aren’t all that expensive

Should You Get Better Flooring?

What kind of flooring you ultimately want in your home has to be up to you, but where wet and rainy climates are concerned you sometimes have to make some concessions to keep your family safe and healthy. It can also make for easier cleaning for many homes, but floors aren’t the only areas that can be a problem in damper climates. You’ll also want to look carefully around your home and consider things like soft furniture versus leather, the ventilation in your bath and shower area, and the number of pillows and soft toys you have around.
There’s no need to get rid of all these things and live in a sterile environment. The key is simply to be aware of the possibilities for mold growth so that you can take action to prevent it before it becomes a problem.

The MoldBlogger Team

Washing Dishes – Are Those Sponges and Cloths Harboring Mold?

Are my dish towels dangerous? 

Have you ever picked up your dish sponge or dish cloth and realized that it had an odd, musty smell to it? That’s mold. A lot of people don’t think about it. They just assume it’s a normal part of using a sponge or cloth, and they don’t realize that they might be putting their family’s health at risk because they’re using something that could be harboring dangerous mold. More and more people are using dishwashers so that they don’t have to worry so much about the cleanliness of their dishes, but for those who don’t want to use a dishwasher or just don’t have one, keeping dish cloths and sponges clean should be a top priority.

If dish washing sponges are contaminated with mold, what can I do about it? 

Each time you use your dish sponge or dish cloth you should wring it out thoroughly and let it dry completely. You should also make sure that there aren’t any food particles stuck in the material, because they can help mold and other unpleasant substances start growing. If you want to make sure your sponge is even cleaner you should get it thoroughly wet and put it in the microwave for one to two minutes, or allow it to run through a full wash and dry cycle in your dishwasher.

Two full minutes of microwaving a wet sponge or one dishwasher cycle can kill ninety-nine percent of the living organisms in it, and that includes mold spores. Make sure that you let the sponge cool before you remove it from a microwave because it will be very hot, and never microwave a dry sponge because it could catch fire. Not everyone has a microwave, either, and if you’re one of the people who doesn’t you can make up a bleach and water solution and soak sponges and dish clothes in it. However, it won’t do as good of a job as the microwave or dishwasher when it comes to killing mold.

Is my family in danger? 

Most people don’t get sick from washing dishes with sponges or dish cloths that smell musty, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen to you, and getting sick from mold is very unpleasant. Even if you don’t encounter major problems from it, you and your family will still have an increased chance of allergies and other common sicknesses because you’re being exposed to mold spores each day. Taking the time to make sure that sponges and dish cloths, as well as other dish items like bottle brushes, dry thoroughly is an important step toward keeping your family healthy.

Any time there are items in your home that stay damp for any length of time mold growth is encouraged, so add bathroom towels and clothing to the list of items that you’ll need to keep dry. Kitchens and bathrooms are the worst places in a home for acquiring mold because they are the places where water is most often used and where the humidity is the highest. While you can’t possibly keep everything in your home completely dry all the time, ensuring that any damp or wet items can dry quickly and thoroughly is the key to preventing mold growth.

The MoldBlogger Team

What can I do to remove and prevent mold in a home halfway below ground?


I live in a basement flat built in about 1910, with no central heating system. Half my flat is below ground and I was told that the damp coursing had been completed. My main problem is in hidden and now open areas all over my flat I have black mould growing and a damp smell through the flat. I regularly wash the walls in bleach to inhibit it but always find more, the paint is peeling off my walls in the worse affected areas. My shoes I don’t regularly use, which I stored at the end of my hall all have white mould growing on tham and smell damp and now my Sofa and curtains smell damp too. I have a dehumidifer and try to ventilate, but I am aware that ventilation is not too good due to window placement. What else can I do to inhibit this or stop it? I spend most of my time at home sniffing trying to find the next patch.


You’re definitely in a difficult situation. To begin, I’d like to recommend you read the following post that I did regarding mold remediation and prevention:

You’ve done well in trying to increase ventilation. Your most difficult problem is that half the flat is underground, which makes sunlight and airflow extremely difficult or impossible to get down there. If there is anything you can do, even if that means putting more windows in, to create better airflow or increased sunlight – definitely do it. You could also try putting an industrial strength fan in to aid in overall ventilation. The dehumidifier that you’re using is good as well.

Bleach is a good “extra” additive to do when trying to perform home mold remediation, but should not be used as the sole fighting ingredient. I would recommend getting a product that specifically deals with mold removal, like Concrobium, etc.

Another option you might want to look into is hiring a professional mold remediator. Also try to figure out the reason for mold growth. Is it the overall weather in your area? Is it because of a chronic leak? Or is it because the house is underground and away from immediate sunlight?

Depending on the reason, remediation can cost a significant amount of money to complete. Have you considered moving? Is that even possible? You need to evaluate your overall health and well-being as well as prioritize your options.

If you have any questions about what I’ve said, feel free to e-mail me back.

I wish you the best as you fight your personal battle with mold.

Joslyn Wold
Jasper, IN

Stachybotrys Found In Apartment, Now What?

Editors Note: Names removed to provide anonymity. 


We found stacc. in our apartment 3 months ago. For a week or two before I found the mold I had started feeling generally yuchy and as soon as we moved I felt better. My 1 yr old and my husband showed no symptoms.

We stayed with friends while we looked for another place. We found another apartment and had it mold tested. The test results were good and we moved in. We had lived there for 10 days when we found a black spot behind the paint in the bathroom.It turned out to be stacc. too and we moved back in with friends.

We have been living with friends for 2 months straight now while we look for a new place to live. We have toured dozens of places and they all had obvious mold somewhere. One place didn’t and we had it tested and they found 1 stacc. spore. We had two more places tested this week and they came back o.k., but while we were waiting for the test results the landlord rented the place to someone else.

We are just at our wits end. We will have to put our stuff in storage, find someone to care for our dog, and move to another friend’s house in a week if we don’t have our own place. What should we do?!? We are tempted to just do a careful visual inspection of an apartment, buy a high quality air filter and call it good. What do you think? Is that reasonably safe or would we be taking too big of a risk with a toddler in the house? We are just ready to have our own place to call home.


It sounds as if you’re between a rock and a hard place. As you have checked various houses, its possible that its the area in which you live that’s causing the severe mold growth. Severe weather changes, lots of humidity, etc can cause mold to grow.

You were right to get out of your apartment when you did.

My best advice to you would be to, as you said, do a visual check on the home you’re looking at renting, and of course in many cases there will be a noticeable smell as well. By filtering the air, as well as looking into a dehumidifier you will be able to atleast minimize the chances of mold growth.

I wish you the best, and hope you find the mold free home you are looking for.

Joslyn Wold

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How to Remove Mold From Books

Books are an optimal place for mold growth as they can get damp easily, and then sit boxed for months at a time. Unfortunately though, because book pages are so thin and easily ruined, and because they can’t be put in the washing machine, it can be very difficult to get mold out of books.

Book Covers and Spines

If mold has grown on the spine of a book it may be much easier to salvage versus mold growth on the inside pages, etc. There are a few things you can do in this instance:

  • If the book is heavily molded,

1. Remove the book spine and outer covering so that only the pages remain. 2. Be sure to check and make sure there is no growth in the pages of the book as well. 3. Depending on how special the book is to you, make a paper bag outer covering or have it professionally re-spined and bound.

  • If the book is lightly molded,

1. Brush any topical mold off the spine or covering. 2. Dampen a sponge or washcloth with a detergent/bleach/water mixture and very lightly brush over the mold contaminated area. Be careful not to wet the book too much as this could cause worse mold growth in the future. 3. Set the book out in the sun to dry, as the sun can kill many types of mold spores. 4. Repeat the procedure as necessary.

Mold on the Pages of Books

What can you do about mold growth on the inside of a book? This is a more difficult task as the pages of books are so delicate. Follow the given steps below as a best effort to salvage your book:

  • Brush any topical mold off the pages.
  • Dampen a sponge or washcloth with a detergent/bleach/water mixture and very lightly brush over the mold contaminated areas. Be careful not to soak through the pages as they will dry and stick together permanently.
  • Open the books and set them in the sun to dry, as the sun can kill many types of mold spores. If the breeze is able to blow through the book it will help the pages to dry quicker as well.
  • Repeat the procedure as necessary.

Best Wishes as you battle the fight against mold and salvage your books!

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team

How to remove mold stains?

There are 5 steps that can be followed to remove mold stains:

  1. First take the item outside, so as not to spread mold spores indoors, and brush as much of the mold off as you can.
  2. Allow the item to dry in the sun for awhile, as direct sunlight can often kill many different types of mold spores.
  3. After plenty of sunlight has been distributed evenly over the item, presoak it in cold water possibly with a bleach solution, color safe if it has colors in it, and then machine wash it with warm water and detergent.
  4. Lemon juice and salt in cold water has also been used with colored fabrics, as well as a vinegar solution to aid in smell removal.
  5. Hang the item in the sun again to dry.

Unfortunately, mold does leave stains but by using the previous solution and washing materials in this manner, you have rid the items of mold and most likely the musty smell as well, however removing mold stains is an entirely different matter.

Note Also:

Here are a couple of ideas that I haven’t prove my self, but that may be worth trying.

  • X-14 Mildew Stain Remover with Bleach will often remove the stains.
  • Try mixing 2 cap fulls of Milton baby sterilizing fluid with 3-4 liters of water and soak the item over night.

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team

How do you remove mold from hats?

There are 5 steps that can be followed to remove mold from hats:

  1. First take the hat outside, so as not to spread mold spores indoors, and brush as much of the mold off as you can.
  2. Allow your hat to dry in the sun for awhile, as direct sunlight can often kill many different types of mold spores.
  3. After plenty of sunlight has been distributed evenly over your hat, presoak it in cold water possibly with a bleach solution (color safe if your hat has colors in it) and then machine wash it with warm water and detergent.
  4. Lemon juice and salt in cold water has also been used with colored fabrics, as well as a vinegar solution to aid in smell removal.
  5. Hang your hat in the sun again to dry.

The hat may or may not still have stains but the mold and dangerous spores will be gone. If stains persist, try washing the garment again.

Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team

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