Molds refer to the several thousand different species of fungi that happen to be important in the biodegradation process or the decaying of organic materials. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes, although most homeowners recognize them as the greenish or black spots that grow in moisture-rich areas of their houses.
All molds require moisture to grow, and that’s why they often appear in water-damaged properties. They can grow on items that are made of natural materials, like wooden furniture, leather shoes, and cotton carpets. They can also grow on surfaces that have been treated with paints or stains containing natural oil.