How To Get Rid of Mould in Your Home

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: 

Before you start: Mould spores can travel in the air when cleaning. Limit your exposure to any mould by wearing protective gear such as rubber gloves and a face mask.  


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  

Even if it appears that there is no mould on your carpets, mould spores will most likely have settled between the fibres. Clean your carpets thoroughly with a carpet wash or use a carpet washer 

If you think your carpet needs a professional deep clean, why not rent a Rug Doctor from your nearest Homebase store. Find your nearest store here 

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.  

Top tip: Don’t forget your paint brushes and a dust sheet when painting. Ensure to keep the room well ventilated and wear old clothes that you don’t mind staining.  

How to prevent mould from regrowing 

You can help to create an environment in your home where mould won’t thrive with these tips:  

  • Invest in a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture in the air.
  • Place moisture tramps around your home to protect your home from damp damage. 
  • Avoid storing items in wet rooms. 
  • Re-seal the grout in your bathrooms every year if you have tiling. 
  • Open bathroom doors and windows or turn on the fan during and after showering to prevent moisture build-up. 

And that’s how to get rid of mould and help prevent regrowth! If you’re looking for some more DIY help & advice, check out our other guides here.  



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