Find the mold in your home. That’s the number one thing to do when you suspect mold is in your house. Mold most likely will be found in the bathroom, kitchen or in your basement. Mold loves wet environments, so these are always key spots for the nasty problem to get worse.

Once you locate the mold be sure to inspect the area thoroughly. If the mold is concentrated to a smaller area, most likely you’ll be able to clean it yourself. It’s at least worth a try and it could save you a lot of money in the process.

Be sure to open windows or doors in the room so that the area can ventilate.

Move furniture and pets to a different area of the home. You’ll want to wear rubber gloves and use goggles when cleaning to avoid any contact.

Start by washing the surface with warm water. You can also mix in small amounts of detergent. You can use a sponge or a rag to scrub the surface. Afterwards, allow the surface to air dry. Having the windows or doors open will help the room dry a lot faster. You can then add bleach into your water and attempt scrubbing once more.

Use a borate-based detergent with warm water to help prevent the mold from coming back.

While you’re in the room, be sure to clean the carpet with a carpet cleaner. If there is tile in the room, or vinyl, be sure to mop the floors and clean them well.

If there are any water leaks in the room be sure to seal these off immediately.

If the mold continues to spread after you’ve cleaned the area, it’s best to call a professional and have them check behind the walls for a larger infestation.