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5 Tips on How to Get Rid of Mould

5 Tips on How to Get Rid of Mould

Mould in the office or at home can cause several health problems such as allergies and asthma as well as damaging the structural integrity of your building such as damaging floorboards and insulation. 

We’ve compiled five tips on how you can clean mould and protect the health of your family or employees below, as well as making sure your building is safe and clean to live in. 

1. How to Clean Mould

The first thing to know is how exactly you should clean mould so that the cleaning process is as effective and thorough as possible. 

Mould can be cleaned with a number of different materials. Some of the more heavy duty cleaning supplies that can be used include hydrogen peroxide, bleach and ammonia. Bleach and ammonia can only be used on surfaces that are non-porous such as marble and glass. Other materials such as hydrogen peroxide can be used on a wider variety of surfaces, including being sprayed on clothes. 

As well as being able to remove tough mould growths, hydrogen peroxide spray is also eco-friendly. Other eco-friendly options are baking soda and vinegar which have the added benefit of not being chemical-based cleaning solutions though they still prove incredibly effective at cleaning mould. 

Whatever your chosen cleaning supply is, you can mix it with water to create a spray that you can use on the mould. Let it settle for a few hours before wiping the mouldy area clean. Remember to make sure you’re always using protective gear when cleaning with ammonia and bleach though. 

2. How to Get Mould Out of Clothes

When it comes to removing mould from clothes, your best bet is to use hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or vinegar. 

If you spot mould on clothes, try to wash them as quickly as possible. If mould is allowed to set in, it could permanently damage the fabric and ruin your clothes permanently. Make sure to wash them and dry them immediately to prevent further mould growth. You can treat the clothes beforehand by soaking them in a couple cups of bleach or vinegar to help lift up the mould stain and kill off the mildew bacteria. 

If there’s any excess mould, wash that off first with hot water before making your cleaning solution and soaking the contaminated item. 

You can also prevent mould growth by storing your clothes correctly. Make sure your wardrobe isn’t over-stuffed as this can decrease the amount of ventilation and make sure the wardrobe isn’t too close to the wall so you can avoid condensation. Mould thrives in dark, cold and damp places. Your clothes will be better protected in the long run if you treat the problem at its source.

3. How to Get Rid of Mould on Walls

Mould on walls is one of the most common problems a building can face especially in areas that have poor ventilation and insulation. 

There are many effective ways to kill mould bacteria on walls. You can mix bleach with water to create a spray or a paste that you can then apply to the mould. Make sure you’re using it safely and that the wall isn’t made of drywall or wood. These materials are porous and the bleach won’t work as effectively. 

You can use the bleach or a baking soda or vinegar solution to scrub the affected area before rinsing off the cleaning solution and letting the wall dry. 

You can also use a special mould wash designed specifically for killing mould that can be more thorough and effective than simply using bleach. Sponge down the mouldy area with a diluted solution of mould cleaner and then leave it to dry, making sure there’s no dampness left that can encourage further mould growth.

4. Remove Mould From the Shower

On account of the condensation that can form on the glass and walls due to steam and water, mould can often flourish in showers if not treated correctly, especially when walls are left damp and are not thoroughly dried.

You can use specialised mould cleaners and mould removers to clean your shower or you can use other household products like bleach or baking soda and vinegar. Making a solution out of water and spraying or scrubbing it in the affected area is the best method of killing the mould bacteria. Use a coarse brush to get rid of the mould after spraying the area and your shower should be all clean. 

One of the main parts of the shower that often gets affected with mould is the drain. Pouring a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and water down the drain should help to loosen any mould growing where you can’t see it and will help to kill off bacterial odours as well. 

You can also prevent mould from growing in the shower by improving ventilation. You can leave the window open to help balance out the humidity of the steam or install a fan or a dehumidifier. 

It is also a good idea to warm up the bathroom before showering. This will heat up the cold surfaces so the steam from the shower won’t react with the cold areas and make condensation.

5. What to Do With Mould

The best way to deal with mould before it becomes a problem is to make sure your house or office is properly insulated and well-ventilated. This will help to reduce the amount of moisture in the air, giving mould less of a chance to grow. 

Dehumidifiers are an excellent way to manage the level of humidity in your building. Ideally, it should be below 50% at all times. You should also make sure air can flow freely through every room of the building and pay special attention to rooms that are smaller, windowless and don’t have good, natural ventilation. 

Another way to prevent mould is to make sure your rooms are sunny and warm. Keep windows clean to let in as much natural light as possible to make sure rooms don’t get too cold and damp. 

You may also need to fix drainage and guttering if you have a mould problem to make sure it’s working properly. We can also carry out surveys to make sure there are no leaks in your pipes and plumbing that can encourage mould growth.

Getting rid of mould is relatively easy so long as you have the right supplies and catch it before it becomes too much of a widespread problem. Whether you’re using ammonia or bleach or eco-friendly materials, your home or office will be mould-free and healthier than ever in no time. 

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