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Mould infestation can ruin your home and health, as well. Mould can spread like wildfire. It is an eyesore for homeowners and also considered a health risk.
Mould is a living organism known as a fungus that breaks down dead material. It can grow indoors and outdoors. Our homes are a favourable environment for mould because of moisture, warm air and materials such as wood and carpet.
It is a health risk because the mould spores can cause asthma, bronchitis and other lung problems. Mould will continue to grow unless it is removed and cleaned properly. So, learning how to remove it can save your property and health.
Follow this ultimate mould removal guide for safety!
There are different mould removal methods; for this article, I would like to elaborate on the most straightforward methods – mould removal using bleach and vinegar.
You will need:
- White distilled vinegar
- Spray bottle
- Clean cloth
- Pour vinegar to the spray bottle. Spray the infected area and let it soak for an hour.
- Wipe the mould from the surface using a clean cloth. You can also a brush to remove the fungus and stains.
- Dry the moisture area by pressing an absorbent cloth against it. Open the windows to let the vinegar smell out.
What to remember:
- Spray vinegar on the ceiling, walls and other corners in your house to prevent mould growth.
- Do not mix water with vinegar when spraying. (you need to spray plain vinegar on the infected area)
You will need:
- Chlorine bleach
- Dusting cloth
- Put on your protective gears – mask and gloves. Keep your windows open for ventilation.
- Make a bleach solution in a bucket.
- Dip one end of the cloth into the solution; squeeze it gently and wipe the infested areas.
- After the mould removal, dry the area using an absorbent cloth.
What to remember:
- Scrub gently to avoid damage, especially with painted walls.
- Do not use plain water to rinse the infected area. The bleach acts as a sanitiser and also protects the walls from mould infestation.
- Wear protective gloves and a mask. The gloves can protect your skin and the mask prevents you from inhaling the toxic fumes.
Common Areas in the House with Mould Manifestation
The bathroom is often in darkness when not in use and has a source of water, making it an ideal environment for mould growth. Moulds in the bathroom are found between the tiles and around the bathtub. It can also be found near the boiler or heater and on other items such as mats, toothbrush holder and used towels.
Shower stalls can be especially prone to mould because of their dampness.
Moulds could be in the mattress that you’re using. It can also be generated on a damp cloth, blanket, pillows, floor and even plants.
Laundry and kitchen area
Dishwashers, fridge, washing machine and dirty dish pile are susceptible to mould growth. It is often wet which attracts fungus. Trash bags and rubbish are also risky areas, especially if you are fond of scraping off wet food to the bin. Plumbing leaks and condensation also attract mould. If you notice it, clean the area with bleach right away.
Couch, curtains and indoor plants are common areas for mould growth in the living room. The fabric the covers your furniture does a great job in collecting mould. Mould growth also happens if you overwater your plants.
Basements lack ventilation which makes it the best target for mould growth—windows, vents, areas with possible leakage and around pipes and ducting.
Look: Where there is mould, there is moisture. Due to the mould problem, serious health issues may arise. Moulds grow on any surface, including floors, carpets, wood, ceiling, pipes, etc.
If you notice a foul smell, it is essential to check for mould right away. There are different ways to remove mould. I suggest using the natural way as your first option because it is safe and easier to administer.
On the other hand, professional help is even better! Professional cleaners are experts in mould removal and they can ensure that your home will be mould-free and safe for your family.
Proper mould removal is vital to avoid damage and for your safety. Gather up all the tools that you need before starting the removal process. Most of the items in your home are susceptible to mould growth. Even something simple such as the toothbrush holder can become an issue for you.
So, what is the best way to keep away mould? Keep everything clean and dry! It takes two days for mould to grow, so dries up wet areas as soon as you can.