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How Can I Get Rid Of Mould Permanently?

If your home is suffering from mould as a result of condensation and damp, it is important to understand that bleach and household products are not effective mould removal treatments. Inhaling mould fragments or spores can inflame the airways, causing nasal congestion, wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and throat irritation. Prolonged exposure to high levels of indoor dampness can reduce lung function and cause chronic health problems such as asthma.

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What causes mould?

Mould is a microscopic organism that requires the following to grow:

  • Any organic material (for example, wood or paper)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture

Mould usually destroys whatever it grows on as it gradually digests it. Mould also releases tiny spores that can travel through the air; these spores often have mycotoxins and allergens attached to them. It is the mycotoxins and allergens that can affect our health and cause allergic reactions.

If your home is suffering with black or any other type of mould you want the best mould treatment and a quick and effective solution. You should always seek specialist advice and trust an experienced professional.

Where there is a serious or persistent mould problem the first thing you need to do is identify the damp, once this has been done, and both rising and penetrating damp have been ruled out, solving a problem caused by condensation damp is not difficult.


Moulds are unsightly and destructive, and if left unattended too may cause irreversible loss to decorations, furnishings and fabrics, as well as compromising air quality. Living with moulds or accompanying moulds for long periods can be unhealthy potentially leading to health issues especially in the vulnerable; young children, elderly or people with weak or compromised immune systems.

The presence of visible mould, represents a sustained water/moisture problem most likely to have occurred through a leak or simply humidity created by lifestyle condensation.

To prevent mould it is necessary to establish the cause of the problem, and remove the initial source of moisture. Where leaks have occurred, obviously attending the repair and drying of materials effectively is priority to prevent further damage. Where condensation is the issue, created by lifestyle moisture production, specialist advice and solutions may be required.


Removing Mould

For a short-term solution you can tackle the mould and nasty marks on your walls with bleach. If you do wish to try this tactic remember to wear thick clothes (you don't mind getting ruined), rubber gloves and a face guard as both the mould and bleach fumes can be dangerous to inhale. 

  • Have a plastic bag ready to take away any soft furnishings, clothes and soft toys that are mouldy. Soft furnishings should be shampooed and clothes professionally dry cleaned.
  • Fill a bucket with water and some mild detergent, such as washing-up liquid or a soap used for hand-washing clothes.
  • Use a rag dipped in the soapy water to carefully wipe the mould off the wall. Scrub the surface mould stains from walls and wood trim. Use a soft brush and work until signs of the mould disappear. Be careful not to brush it, as this can release mould spores.
  • When you've finished, use a dry rag to remove the moisture from the wall.
  • Afterwards, put the rags in a plastic bag and throw them away.
  • All the surfaces in the room should be thoroughly cleaned by either wet wiping or vacuuming to remove any spores.

Bleach can be a powerful treatment to mould. The chlorine in bleach is highly potent and powerful in attacking the proteins making up the mould spores, killing them and other microbes. Without doubt, it's a highly effective means of getting rid of unsightly mould outbreaks and removing surrounding stains.


Seven Mould Prevention Tips

1) Check to see if your windows are allowing rain to seep in and if the sealant around them is damaged.  

2) Always make sure that you dry wet areas immediately. Wipe up spillages and make sure to dry floors and walls after you take a bath or shower. 

3) There are a lot of products available to aid with mould prevention, such as mould sprays and mould prevention paint. 

4) A good way to monitor humidity in your home is through a moisture meter, which can be bought from most good DIY stores. Ideally, humidity should be between 30 and 60 percent.

5) Although indoor plants improve the air quality of your home, soil and leaves also provide the perfect breeding ground for mould. Make sure you clean and move your plants around regularly, in order to prevent a build-up of mould.

6) Leaks are commonly caused by broken gutters or drainpipes. Make sure to inspect the exterior of your house regularly.

7) Finally, it is important to let air circulate through your home. Keep internal doors open as much as possible and move the furniture away from walls. Open windows on dry days to let fresh air blow into your home, which will reduce moisture and therefore help to prevent mould.


Condensation Damp

Condensation damp occurs as a direct result of poor or inadequate ventilation, and once the ventilation issue has been remedied, the condensation and mould should no longer appear.

If condensation isn't an issue in your property, the mould and mildew may be caused by something more serious like rising damp. You can learn how to deal with rising damp here.

Mould and mildew can often be a problem in houses that have naturally high humidity levels, like those near the coast or beside a lake. The moisture levels in the air can increase during long periods of unpleasant weather, and if mould spores get into your property it can lead to patches appearing. 

Once the pre-existing mould has dried out you should be able to remove it with a specialist mould removal product or employ the services of specialist mould removal firm to do it for you.


Black Mould Removal

You need to be especially careful when dealing with black mould. Black mould is a dangerous fungus also knows as Stachybotrys Chartarum and has long been the curse of homeowners, appearing not just in bathrooms, but in bedrooms, behind furniture, around windows and even on floors and clothes.

Far from just being an aesthetic problem, studies have shown that mould is bad for your health, causing headaches, breathing problems and even triggering asthma. Fighting back against the problem as soon as it rears its head is, therefore, imperative.

If you do have black mould growing or starting to grow in any areas of your home, get rid of it immediately and then get rid of the source of moisture.


When Should You Seek a Mould Specialist?

There is no one cure for mould due to the variety and level of severity the mould is and some require professional removal. For example if you have a problem with toxic mould, then you need to seek professional treatment in order to ensure that your home is a safe environment for you and your family.

If you find a colony of toxic mould, it is very important that you do not disturb it. Touching or moving the mould can cause an enormous amount of harmful spores to be released in the air, to the detriment of you and the people you share your home with.

In this instance it is imperative that you seek a mould specialist as soon as possible and even consider staying in alternative accommodation. 


How to Clean Mould From Walls and Surfaces

Always follow the instructions carefully when using specially formulated mould and mildew cleaners, such as Domestos Bleach Spray. Take care to protect yourself by wearing eye protection, gloves, and a face-mask, if necessary, and test the product in a small area first before continuing.

How to Clean Mould on Walls in Three Steps -

  • Simply mix one part bleach to four parts water.
  • Using a damp cloth gently scrub until the mould is gone.
  • Once finished, dry the area well with a soft cloth. 

Remember however, this is not a long term solution and you really need to tackle the cause of the mould to ensure it doesn't come back. 


Getting Rid of Mould

If your home is suffering from mould as a result of condensation dampness, it is important to understand that bleach and household products are not effective mould removal treatments.

Many also look to homemade solutions that are more natural cleaners such as vinegar or bicarbonate of soda. You can read more about these organic cleaners in our article - How To Remove Black Mould: Do Those Old Wives' Tales Really Work?

However again those methods still don't tackle the cause of the mould and therefore are not a long term solution to your mould or mildew problems. Mould doesn't just appear on the surface it goes deep into your internal walls and once you have sprayed or soaked the mould in bleach the mould continues to spread within the brickwork. Only specialist mould removal products and proper ventilation can completely remove the underlying cause of the problem. 


How to remove mould and keep it away permanently

The best way to ensure you permanently get rid of your mould problems is preventing the build up of moisture in your home, by properly ventilating it at all times. Properly ventilating your home is the most effective force at keeping mould at bay. Ensuring that air continuously circulates through the building will keep condensation down so the mould cannot grow. 

The best mould treatment lies in prevention and the best prevention is a suitable form of ventilation. EnviroVent has a range of ventilation systems designed to prevent condensation and mould problems. 

The units work by delivering fresh, filtered and clean air into the property, gently ventilating it, leaving you with a fresh and healthy indoor environment all year round. They are quick and easy to install, no redecoration should be required.

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