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Cleaning Mould in your Home

Cleaning Mould in your Home

Many different varieties of mould, including toxic black mould, are found in homes, and in some cases can be straightforward to remove for a short time.  Cleaning mould in your home is usually something that you can do yourself with household cleaning products, although if you think you might have problems with toxic black mould, you should get expert help since cleaning it yourself could release hazardous spores and mycotoxins that might be damaging to your health.

Cleaning Mould from Interior Walls

The first step in cleaning mould from indoor walls is to thoroughly clean your walls with warm water and a light soap.  Apply the soapy water with a spray bottle, and then scrape away the mould with a sponge or brush.

Before the wall is dry, a non-toxic mould cleaning solution can be used to remove any spores that have remained on the surface.  If the mould spots and stains continue, you may wish to use diluted bleach, but make sure the space is aired and that you wear old clothes and rubber gloves while cleaning to avoid breathing bleach fumes.

Cleaning your house with a non-toxic mould cleaning solution is a simple approach for eradicating non-toxic mould.  To prevent the mould from returning once it has been removed, it is critical to properly dry the area.

Remember that simply cleaning mould from your walls isn't a long-term option.  Mould will reappear until you address the root of the problem.  Contact an EnviroVent ventilation professional to schedule a property inspection.

Cleaning Mould from your Bathroom

Because it is impossible to clean deep into rubber seals and any discoloration will be permanent, you will need to remove and replace any caulking or sealant that has mould growth.

Start by opening the windows and doors in your bathroom while you're cleaning to let fresh air in and help the mould dry off.

Bleach, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide are all common home items that will eradicate mould in your bathroom.  Mixing such goods can result in harmful reactions, therefore don't do it.

When dealing with bathroom mould, bleach treatments like Domestos are the best eradication methods since they destroy the spores and keep the mould from regrowing for longer - albeit the mould will return unless the main reasons are addressed.

Cleaning Mould from a Wardrobe

Mould grows inside and behind wardrobes because they do not normally have good airflow, and due to their size, can create large spaces on exterior walls where condensation can settle.  If mould problems develop in a wardrobe, it can damage clothing and mean that you carry spores around with you all the time which can spread mould to new locations as well as potentially breathing those spores in.

To clean mould from your wardrobe, start by treating wooden surfaces with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.  This will remove the very outer layer of the mould, removing any black residue.

Dip a cloth into the solution and wipe over the affected surfaces.  It may now look as if the mould has completely gone, but there may still be spores remaining deeper down.

This should be treated with undiluted vinegar and left to dry.

The surfaces of your wardrobe can then be rinsed with cold water, and towel dried. This should kill off all mould that is already growing inside the wardrobe.

To help reduce regrowth, you should avoid placing wardrobes too close to exterior walls where air can cool – leave a 2-inch gap behind your furniture or place the wardrobe against an interior wall.

Long Term Mould Removal

Mould will return unless you address the underlying cause of the damp where mould grows.  In many homes this damp is caused by condensation from bathing, cooking, and other household activities.  Improving your home ventilation to reduce condensation will help prevent future problems with mould.

If you are concerned about the potential health risks and damage to property that Mould problems can cause, please contact us today to book a free home survey from one of our local ventilation specialists.  They can visit your property and identify the cause of your mould problems and provide a solution that will work permanently.

Need help with condensation, mould or damp problems?

One of our local experts will contact you to learn more about your problems, offer free expert advice and make recommendations for a permanent solution.

During the free survey we will

  • check Assess any condensation, damp or mould problems in your property
  • check Take readings of the relative humidity levels
  • check Identify any underlying problems and make recommendations for a permanent solution

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