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Cleaning Mould Within The Home

What is mould?

Although most are aware of what mould looks like and the damage it can cause to homes, we’re not all knowledgeable on the finer details. Mould in its most basic form is an organism which grows and breaks down organic material.

Furthermore there are many different mould varieties, but together they’re referred to as fungi. You may recognise the term fungi when talking about health and the body, as everyone at some point can be susceptible to fungi.

Moisture is the main source of growth for mould, along with a few other materials. When most people come across mould it’s directly related moisture, and this is how it arises within many properties.

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Cleaning Method and Solutions:

What type of solution?

Many DIY specialists suggest their own solutions when it comes to cleaning mould off walls or surfaces, but there is a consistency in popularity of some basic solutions/mixes.

  • Baking Soda & Vinegar & Water
  • Baking Soda & Detergent & Water
  • Vinegar & Water

You’ll find these are the basic home solutions created by home owners but there are also off the shelf products that will be able to provide similar results.

How do I effectively apply my solution?

With all solutions it’s best to utilise a spray bottle and old rag as your basic tools. If possible you should attempt to find a scrubbing brush to assist with the more stubborn mould.

You should then spray your solution directly on the mould and wipe away if possible, repeat this until you’re recognising some results.  After you’re satisfied with the surface make sure you deliver a last wipe over with some warm water.

When completing your scrubbing motion on tough mould you should be careful to ensure you’re not causing damage to the actual surface.

Mould Species:

Here is a list of the most common identified mould within the home:

Alternaria:

  • Damp Places (leaking pipes, showers, carpets)
  • Outdoors and indoors
  • Can cause allergic symptoms and onset of asthma
  • Greater risk to elderly, children and those with respiratory issues.

Penicillium:

  • Found in carpet, wallpaper, fabrics and insulation
  • Can lead to sinus infections, lung inflammation and more
  • A common type of mould and spreads easily

Stachybotrys Chartarum:

  • Grows where there is a constant level of moisture
  • Can cause fatigue, depression, asthma attacks, sinus infections etc.

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Should I utilise DIY methods for mould removal or enlist a professional cleaner?

You should only complete DIY mould removal on small areas of mould growth. If your home has become overrun by mould in several places then it’s important to consider environmental changes and contact a professional local cleaner.

Although it’s impossible to change the weather conditions in your area there are many ways to inhibit or protect your home against mould. Living in areas prone to humidity should urge you to look into mould prevention in a more serious manner.

Categories: Exterior Cleaning, Interior Cleaning

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