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If you have mold in your home or office, you will need to make sure that you remove it thoroughly.  Mold is a fungus and it is spread through the air and when mold spores land on clothing or animals.  As the spores are carried through the air, they land, and then multiply.  The only way to stop this cycle is to clean mold and prevent it from returning.

Mold thrives in moist areas, so you should pay close attention to areas in your home where water is present.  If you discover mold in these areas, you will want to remove it.  To clean mold you can use household bleach.  Always follow the instructions on the bleach bottle and wear gloves.  A breathing mask (available in home department stores) is a good choice as well.  This will help prevent breathing in any mold spores and becoming sick.  When you clean mold, you should also open a window and make certain that there is plenty of ventilation in the room.  An open window serves two purposes.  First, it will help dry out the environment, preventing the mold from spreading and it will help air out any fumes from bleach.  Bleach is a very powerful substance and should be used with caution.

To prevent mold from returning, you should take steps to locate the moisture and correct the problem.  It will not be beneficial to simply clean mold only to have it return again.  You will need to locate the source of the moisture and either repair it or use some type of water sealant to keep the area dry.  Showers and bathroom areas can be wiped down with a dry towel daily to help prevent mold growth.  Basements should be checked regularly to ensure that there isn’t excessive water present, causing mold to grow.