How do I safely deal with moldy materials?
If you are sensitive to mold or if the amount of mold is large, consider having another person or professional do the work. Use personal protective equipment, such as goggles, gloves, and an N-95 particulate respirator. A "dust mask" will not protect you from mold. It is also advisable to wear removable protective clothing (such as disposable suits) while handling moldy material, as mold can collect on clothes and be released later. It is important to prevent contamination from spreading from the source area to other areas in the home [see guidelines below]. It is also a good idea to ventilate the area you are cleaning to the outdoors during and after the work.
Cleaning non-porous materials:
Scrub non-porous materials thoroughly with soap and water to remove mold. We do not recommend using bleach or products that contain bleach. Bleach can be a respiratory hazard and disinfection is not necessary if you have cleaned the material thoroughly with soap.
Removing porous materials:
Moldy materials should be sealed in disposable bags or wrapped in plastic and disposed of as normal trash. The moldy material does not need to be treated as hazardous waste.
The US EPA offers further tips and techniques for cleaning up mold in homes.