Prevention...

To prevent mold from developing, you must control the moisture in the home. This is accomplished through proper ventilation and the use of an air conditioner or dehumidifier. When the moisture level (humidity) of the home is below 60%, you will not have a problem with mold growth. If you have a water problem in the home, you should fix the problem before cleaning up the mold or it will just return.

Cleanup & Containment...

To remove mold from hard surfaces, you should begin with the proper safety equipment. This includes gloves, goggles, and a respirator. You can remove the mold by washing the surface with detergent and water. Then you should completely dry the surface.

There will probably be a discoloration left behind. You should repaint the effected area with a mold resistant paint. This, along with proper moisture control, will prevent future problems.

On softer surfaces such as drywall, the materials will need to be removed or encapsulated with a product to kill and contain the mold. Things such as cloth furniture may need to be discarded if the spores have penetrated the fabric.