Mould is a nightmare for any homeowner. Not only does it look unsightly, but it can also become a serious health hazard, so it’s something that shouldn’t be ignored. If you’ve spotted mould in your home, don’t panic. Getting rid of it should be your first priority to prevent it from spreading to a larger area. Discover what causes mould, how to get rid of mould and how to prevent it in this handy guide.
What is mould?
Mould is a fungus that helps to break down organic material. It grows in our homes because they provide the optimum environment – with moisture, warmth and materials to feed on.
Mould thrives on moisture. That’s why it’s common to find mould in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms. Mould is typically a sign that your home has a damp problem.
How to get rid of mould in your home
The only way to permanently get rid of mould and ensure it doesn’t reappear is to eliminate any dampness in your home. Discover how to deal with penetrating damp here.
Once you’ve dealt with any dampness, it’s time to tackle the mould. Here’s what you’ll need…
Materials & Tools:
- Fungicidal wash
- Carpet shampoo
- Carpet washer
- Anti-mould paint
- Anti-mould wallpaper paste
1. Wipe walls and windows
To kill and get rid of active mould, wipe down your walls and window frames with a fungicidal wash. Apply to all affected areas with a brush and leave for 24 hours. The following day, thoroughly rinse and scrub with clean water to remove any residue.
2. Dry clean clothes
Mould spores travel in the air and are attracted to damp clothes, so it’s important to get your clothes professionally dry cleaned to remove any mildew. Remember to thoroughly wash any clothes you wear during the mould removal process.
3. Wash carpets
Top tip: Be cautious when brushing or vacuuming mould. Disturbing it can increase the risk of respiratory problems.
4. The final touch
After treating the mould, it’s time to redecorate. To help prevent mould from regrowing on your walls, repaint the walls with anti-mould paint. This paint is designed to shield your walls and ceilings from mould growth for up to 6 years. (Be careful, this paint isn’t effective if you paint or wallpaper on top of it).
If you want to wallpaper your rooms, use an anti-mould adhesive to protect your walls. This wallpaper paste contains a fungicide that inhibits mould growth.