How concerning are white dots of mold on clothes and shoes? Is it safe after cleaning?

Asked by Marly
Berkeley, CA

Closet has curtains instead of sliding doors. Cleaned some black dots off one wall near baseboard w/ bleach 6 mos. ago/did not come back. Some clothes smelled musty, other did not. I am renting and landlady is architect and thinks that air was not circulating. We cannot see anything in there now....


Kevin Holdridge

Answered by Kevin Holdridge

Charlotte, NC

KDH Residential Design, LLC

October 3, 2013

If you are still smelling something musty there is still probably a moisture issue.

I have seen this to be caused by moisture entering the home due to air leaks but more often than not there is an adjacent slow water leak. If there is a water source near by, I would suggest investigating a plumbing issue and/or having a professional investigate behind the wall that was showing mold.


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