Cleaning Mould in your Home
With many different types of mould present in homes including dangerous toxic black mould (Stachybotrys chartarum). If you do find a colony of toxic mould you should seek a professional treatment as attempting to clean it yourself can release a huge amount of harmful spores to be released into your home which can be detrimental to health. For other, more common strains of mould, there is a wide variety of mould treatments available that clean the mould, which are easy to use on your own.
Cleaning mould from indoor walls
Before getting rid of black mould, the first step is to thoroughly clean your walls using warm water and a mild soap. Use a spray bottle to apply the soapy water and then follow up with a sponge or brush to scrub away the mould.
A non-toxic mould cleaning solution can then be used to remove any spores which are left on the wall before the wall is dried. If there are persistent marks and stains from the mould, you may also want to use diluted bleach, although you should ensure that the room is well ventilated to avoid inhaling bleach fumes while you clean along with old clothes and rubber gloves.
A simple solution for removing non-toxic mould from your home is to clean it using a non-toxic, mould cleaning solution. When the mould has been eradicated, it is important to dry the surface thoroughly, to prevent the mould from returning.
- Mix one-part bleach to four parts water.
- Scrub the mould with a damp cloth until the mould is gone.
- Dry the area well with a soft cloth.
Simply cleaning mould is not a long-term solution. Unless you tackle the cause of the problem, the mould will return. Talk to a ventilation expert from EnviroVent who can arrange a survey of your property.
Removing black mould from your bathroom
There are various ways of identifying mould in your bathroom. Mould forms from the inside out, so if you can see it, the issue may already be severe and will need fixing as soon as possible. Below are tell-tale signs of mould forming in your bathroom:
Smell: A constant damp smell, even when your bathroom looks completely dry and clean, is a sign of mould forming. This can be down a hidden leak in a pipe or a build-up of moisture.
Dark Appearance: If your wall or tiles look brown and muddy with a damp and slimy looking appearance, this could be black mould growing.
Damaged Walls: Crumbling plaster, off-coloured walls, blistered paint or cracked tiles, or warped walls may mean that moisture has got into the walls, causing mould to grow.
Unstable Floors: If your flooring feels soft and spongy - perhaps under tiling - you may have moisture underneath, result in mould forming.
Bathroom mould is not always obvious. You may need to check hidden areas such as under sinks, access doors to shower and bath fixtures, around exhaust fans, even in crawl spaces and basements underneath bathrooms to find the source of the problem.
Cleaning mould in your bathroom
You will need to strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mould growth as it is not possible to clean deep into rubber seals and any discolouration will usually be permanent.
Start by opening windows and doors in your bathroom while cleaning to provide fresh air and help dry out the mould.
There are simple household products that will kill mould in your bathroom including bleach, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. Avoid mixing those products; mixing can cause toxic reactions.
When dealing with bathroom mould, bleach products such as Domestos, are the best removal methods as they will kill off the spores and prevent the mould from regrowing for longer – although unless you tackle the root causes, the mould will eventually return.
Removing mould in a wardrobe
Mould in wardrobes derives from two main factors: condensation and damp clothing. The first step in stopping mould is removing any mould that is already present in your wardrobe.
Treat 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.
Preventing mould regrowth in wardrobes
Move your wardrobe out a few centimetres from the wall to prevent condensation from seeping into the cupboards.
Never hang damp clothing in your wardrobe. Always ensure that it is completely dry before putting it away.
Do not overfill your wardrobe. If clothes are tight up against each other, mould can grow from the fibres of one item to another, encouraging the spread of spores.