Prevent and Remove Mould
Causes of Mould
Mould is a big problem. There is always a reason behind it…If you are experiencing Mould I would check…
- Ventilation under the House – Ensure adequate air flow. If your home is built on piers, you cannot completely cover the underneath exposed area. It must be done to code, and if covered, must have adequate flow. Usually the vents in some older houses are very small. In some cases when renovations have happened, they have even been covered up completely. This needs to be fixed if this has happened.
The Roof – Ensure it is not leaking. If an internal ceiling or upper walls or cornice are stained or wet, this is a sign of a leaking roof.
- Leaks under the House – Ensure there are no leaks especially underneath the shower. If the ground is wet or damp, this is the sign of a leak.
- External Walls – Make sure there are no plants strangling the wall in question.
- Internal Walls – If an internal wall feels damp – recheck its external wall.
How to Reduce Mould
Reducing Mould – General
Try these suggestions to reduce Mould in your Home. Note – Removing the Mould is discussed after this section.
- Blinds – Keep blinds open as much as possible through the day. Windows, window sills, window tracks, blinds, curtains and architraves are especially prone to mould. Natural sunlight will help dry out these areas.
- Windows – Open your windows through the day. This will allow fresh air to circulate.
- Furniture – Remove any furniture that is flush against walls. Give all furniture breathing space of at least 1 inch.
- Doors – Don’t shut your bedroom doors when you go to bed. Your breathing adds to condensation, leading to more potential mould. Cold breath on cold walls and windows = condensation
- Dust – It has been found, that 80% of mould grows on dust! If you have a bad mould problem, invest in a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtered vacuum cleaner. This will remove dust thoroughly, and any other substances that mould can grow off. Dyson does a range of HEPA vacuum cleaners.
- Air Dehumidifiers – Place one in any room, that is really prone to condensation. They draw moisture from the air, reducing mould, and also help with Asthma, Allergies, Humidity, Condensation, Dampness, Mould, Dust Mites and Odours. Find out more here.
- Moisture Absorbers – Place them ALL around your room. The window sills, beside the bed, on top of wardrobes, at least 2 inside wardrobes, and near any mould prone areas. I love the Cli-Mate brand as they have a range of products designed for drawers, cupboards and entire rooms. Find out more here.
- Door Snakes – Don’t use them if you have a mould problem. Your home needs to circulate air to dry it out.
- Paint – You can now get mould resistant paint.
- Villaboard – When renovating, ALWAYS use Villaboard in wet areas. Wet areas include the Laundry, and Bathrooms. DO NOT USE Gyprock in wet areas.
- Gyprock – You can now also get mould resistant gyprock
- Gutters – Cleans your gutters at least twice a year. If they are full of leaves, not only is this a fire hazard, but the water can’t go where it is meant to go. Look for trickles of water or stains just below your cornices. This is a big sign.
- Whirly Bird – Install a Whirly Bird. This will remove lots of hot air from your roof, reducing condensation. Not only that, but it will keep your home much cooler in Summer, and also reduce cooling costs.
- Sub Floor Ventilation – You may have to invest in this if the Mould problem is really bad.
Reducing Mould – Bedrooms
- Condensation – Don’t shut your bedroom door when you go to bed. Leaving the door opened, will help reduce condensation, by letting the warm air escape. Warm breath on cold walls and windows adds to condensation. Condensation leads to Mould.
- Warm up your room to avoid Condensation – If you can, especially in winter, direct a heater towards your bedroom before you go to bed. This will not only heat up the room, but it will heat up the walls and windows. When you go to sleep, condensation occurs when warm air (our breath) hits cold surfaces. So if your surfaces are warm, condensation is reduced.
Reducing Mould – Kitchen
- The Rangehood – Every time you cook, turn on the Rangehood if you have one in your kitchen.
- The Dishes – Always air dry your dishes. When you dry them with a tea towel, you miss little crevices. Mould can grow on these damp areas.
- The Exhaust – Every time you cook, turn on the exhaust fan if you have one in your kitchen.
Reducing Mould – Laundry
- When using the Dryer, always – Use the exhaust fan, leave the window open and leave the laundry door open. This will reduce condensation, which reduces moisture. Reducing excess moisture is a great way of preventing mould.
- Turn the light off when using in use – Not only will you save a tiny bit of electricity, but you will also slightly reduce the heat in the room, which reduces condensation.
Reducing Mould – Bathroom
- When using the Bath or Shower, always – Use the exhaust fan, leave the window open, leave the bathroom door open. This will reduce condensation, which reduces moisture. Reducing excess moisture is a great way of preventing mould.
- Shower Screen – If you have a glass shower screen, leave it open after you shower to help dry the shower quicker, preventing mould. Mould loves warm and damp environments.
- Shower Curtain – When not in use, leave the shower curtain fully opened over the bath or hob. NEVER inside as it won’t dry properly. Air needs to circulate to dry it out.
How to Remove Mould
Walls and Ceilings
To remove mould on walls and ceilings, either use anything from the Neatspiration Mould Remover range and diluted Clove Bud Oil. Find products here.
Spray, and clean with a microfiber cloth wrung out in hot water. Once the mould stains have been removed, spray with Clove Bud Oil, (no need to rinse) and leave for 24 hours. It takes 24 hours to kill the mould spours. The spours are the dangerous part – not the stain. Clove Bud kills the spours and will also keep the mould at bay for longer.
For tough mould on grout, spray with anything from the Neatspiration Mould Remover range and diluted Clove Bud Oil. Find products here. Once the mould stains have been removed, spray with Clove Bud Oil, (no need to rinse) and leave for 24 hours. It takes 24 hours to kill the mould spours. The spours are the dangerous part – not the stain. Clove Bud kills the spours and will also keep the mould at bay for longer.
Neatspiration Clove Bud Oil removes mould from hard surfaces. Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth wrung out in hot water. Then, re spray, and leave for 24 hours. It takes 24 hours the kill the spours – which are the dangerous part.
To kill mould spores floating around your home, put a few drops of straight Clove Bud Oil onto jumbo chalk sticks. Place them in cupboards in your home. Replace once a month. You can also use a Air Humidifier or Air Purifier here.
For mouldy surfaces that don’t like water (like leather shoes, leather lounges, suede jackets etc) add 1.25ml of Clove Bud Oil to 500ml of baby oil. Give it a good shake and wipe over the area with a microfiber cloth wrung out in hot water.
Mould LOVES Dust. Dust LOVE mattresses, curtains, pillows and carpet.
After removing the mould stain (see below), spray any fabric that accumulates dust or mould with Clove Bud Oil. Clove Bud Oil kills mould spours AND Kills Dust mites. Eucalyptus Oil also kills Dust mites!
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