How to Get Rid of Mold

Finding those black spots of mold in your shower or basement can be alarming. Luckily, a small amount generally won’t make you sick but knowing how to get rid of mold and prevent it can keep it from becoming a bigger issue.

You’ll want to tackle the mold while it’s a small area because if left untouched it can spread to a larger area. “It can ruin household valuables and even trigger an allergic reaction,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

Keeping the rooms in your house, like the bathroom, dry and cool can help prevent mold from growing, but despite your best efforts, mold can still grow in unwanted places. If you find yourself with a mold situation, here’s everything you need to know.

First, can I remove mold myself?

You can, but mold spores can travel in the air when cleaning, so you’ll want to limit your exposure by wearing protective gear. Wear long rubber gloves to protect your hands and forearms. It’s also best to wear eye protection, like goggles, to prevent bleach or other cleaners from splashing in your eyes, especially when removing mold from ceilings or overhead areas.

Bed Bath & Beyond bullish on operational improvements

UNION, N.J.—Among the many initiatives in Bed Bath & Beyond’s three-year turnaround plan is a significant investment in supply chain, store remodels and other operations that COO John Hartmann said is already improving its business.

The operating chief discussed those initiatives Thursday with Home Accents Today after the company reported its third quarter earnings in which it highlighted its second consecutive quarter of comparable sales growth, driven by digital sales, and 5% growth in its core business, having recently shed the last of its non-core assets, Cost Plus World Market. Overall, net sales were down 5%.

“We are a different business today than we were a year ago,” Hartmann said. In addition to selling off Cost Plus World Market and Christmas Tree Shops, the company also last year introduced a suite of omnichannel options—namely Buy Online Pick Up in Store (BOPIS) and curbside pickup—that have resonated well with consumers and helped support 94% digital comparable sales growth at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Continued success will likely hinge, at least in part, on operational initiatives.

Chief Operating Officer John Hartmann

“We are smack in the middle of a true transformation of supply chain,” Hartmann said. The company has been in