Cleaning MouldMould can be a real nuisance to deal with. Many homes are plagued by this common disease and people are constantly looking for ways to banish mould from the home once and for all. In order to eradicate household mould, one must understand what mould is, and why it grows where it grows.

What is mould?

Mould is a fungus, a spore organism that forms fungal growth. Large fungal growths i.e. mould can be a health hazard.

Where does mould grow?

Moulds usually grow on damp surfaces and / or in humid environments, either outdoor or indoor.

How to remove mould that’s already growing?

The battle against mould is best won by prevention. Problem is that when mould becomes visible then it is too late for prevention. Nevertheless, you can get rid of such nuisance fungal growths in your home but you will have to get to the bottom of things.

-locate and isolate the mouldy patch before doing anything else; make sure you know of all mouldy patches in the given room or area of the property.

-try and determine the cause or source of the mould i.e. is there a problem with the plumbing, where is moisture coming from, follow up damp areas on walls and ceilings in order to localise the problem.

-once you have pinpointed the possible cause of mould, work out a solution, in some cases this might be calling in a specialist to replace mouldy wall or ceiling panels, sometimes mould cannot be prevented but only controlled.

-if mould is growing on the property’s framework, use a powerful vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to suck up excess, loose mould growths, this should make the actual removal easier and swifter.

Cleaning Mouldif mould is growing on wooden surfaces (including framework) you can sand the surface clean after thorough vacuuming, make sure you cut through the mould properly – best indicator would be visible bare timber.

-after sanding, dust the freshly exposed timber and treat it to a generous amount of biocide, biocides are specially formulated chemicals which kill off fungal spores which cause mould.

-if sanding the surface back to bare timber is not an option, encapsulate the mould using a chemical known as mould inhibitor.

Sometimes eradicating mould is not as easy, or perhaps locating the likely causes is the real problem. Excessive amounts of fungal growth inside the premises may become a health hazard so consult with a specialist if the problem persists.

Improved indoor ventilation and reduction of moisture and dampness inside the property are essential.