August 8 2016
Mould is not only an aesthetic problem, but it can be a health hazard, especially if there are young children or allergy sufferers at home. Mould can cause allergies and respiratory problems. You should know that the main factor for its occurrence is moisture and humid air, especially in places with not very good ventilation. Mould may appear at any home, no matter if the house is new or old. How to fight that ‘enemy’ at home? Check out our useful pieces of advice:
Daily care – when you run domestic cleaning, carefully check your bathroom. Pay attention to the places that get dirty every day. Don't let any drops of shampoo, hair conditioner, or another cosmetic product to fall on the surfaces – the walls, the floor or the shower. Make sure you dry the floor after every bath. Use polyester towels. You can even cover the floor with them for a while so they can absorb the moisture completely.
Microfibre cloth is a very powerful means against mould. For the effective cleaning of corners and the space between the tiles use an old toothbrush.
Cleaning agents – if sanitising using a cloth or a brush is not helpful, then it is time to use something stronger: bleach. First, dilute it with water in a ratio of 1:3. You can also use a detergent with a content of bleach. Do not ever use several similar cleaning agents – it is dangerous to health because toxic fumes are emitted.
The use of chlorine cleaning agents, especially in the children's room or the bedroom is not desirable. Therefore it is better to replace the chemical based detergents with natural disinfecting remedies. Make a solution of equal amounts of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Add some water to the mixture. You can aromatise it with a few drops of any essential oil.
Take a spray bottle and pour 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil. Close the bottle and shake it well in order to mix both ingredients. Spray the contaminated area and allow the product to act for a few hours. Then clean with a wet cloth to remove mould completely.
Mix 2 cups water with 20 drops grapefruit seed extract in a spray bottle. Mix the ingredients well, spray the surface and wait for a few hours. Then wipe the affected area with a damp cloth.
Dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 litre water. Spray the surface with the solution and let it dry thoroughly. Baking soda is suitable for tiles and vinyl.
Use 3% hydrogen peroxide. You can mix it with vinegar in a ratio of 1:1 to achieve a better effect. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Do not expose it to a direct sunlight. Thoroughly spray the mould and leave it for at least 10 minutes. Scrub the surface and let it dry.
Every time you take a shower, leave the little window in your bathroom opened, so the moist air will go out quickly. If you don't have a window, then open the bathroom door or turn on a fan or a portable dehumidifier there. If you have a built-in fan in any room in your house, turn it on soon as you wake up and let it run until you leave for work.
Regularly wash the bathroom curtains with a solution of bleach and water.
Do not store items in places with a high level of humidity such as your basement. If there is mould on your clothing, books, etc., then you need to get rid of them. They could not be sanitised and there is a risk of spreading the mould.
Isolate all the areas at home that are prone to condensation such as pipes. The good insulation can prevent accumulation of moisture, therefore the appearance of mould.
Mattresses and pillows are a great environment for the development of mould. If you find damaged sheets and comforters, discard them immediately.
Regularly run carpet cleaning at home to prevent the appearance of mould. Always dry the rug ideally. When it comes to deep sanitising of your carpets, you should use professional carpet cleaning services at least once a year.
Regularly check your fridge to make sure that there is no spoiled food left. Use an extractor when you cook. Don't let the moist air spread around the kitchen.
When you make renovations at home, do not paint or use grouts on surfaces which are covered with mould. You need to clean it before application of mixtures. Use special anti-mould paints and varnishes. Leave some space between the furniture and the wall.
If there is mould at your home, it would affect badly not only the quality of the air but the price of the property as well. Expensive cleaners have relatively low efficiency on large areas covered with mould. That is why it is always better to prevent the problem before it has the chance to develop.