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How to Remove and Prevent Mould and Mildew from Walls

Mould and mildew can appear on walls or other surfaces such as floors and carpets. It’s important you tackle the root cause because living in a mouldy house is not good for your health. Luckily there are easy steps to remove mould and a number of ways to help prevent mould and mildew.

What is Mould?

Is a type of fungus developing from airborne spores. Usually appearing in damp, warm conditions where airflow is minimal. Bathrooms and lofts often suffer from mould. In most cases mould is caused by humid conditions and not enough ventilation. In some cases mould could be caused by plumbing leaks inside or outside of the house. Heating pipes not properly insulated can also cause a build up of moisture behind the walls.

What is Mildew?

The most common type of black mould on walls – spots that could spread over larger areas if not treated. Apply some bleach to the affected area with a cloth, if the dark colour fades after a few minutes you have mildew on your walls. Otherwise it could be just dirt.

Mould is the cause of allergic reactions and poor health, if you have an extensive problem with mould you should find expert help.

Mould in smaller area can be tackled by yourself but don’t forget to wear protective eyewear, gloves and a face mask. Always have the windows open or use a fan to ventilate the room.

How to Clean Mould on Walls

Make a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts of water.

Use a stiff bristled brush to scrub the blackened area.

Rinse thoroughly and leave to dry.

If this doesn’t work you can buy products specifically for mould and mildew. These are stronger, but never mix cleaning solutions together, this could cause dangerous chemical reactions.

How to Prevent Mould and Mildew

Once you cleaned the affected area, the next step is to prevent mould and mildew.

Use a specialised product like an anti-microbial spray to prevent the spores from settling.

Paint the walls with anti-mildew paint that can be purchased in any DIY store.

Install an electric de-humidifier in areas that are affected the most. Also ideal for long term mould prevention.

Upgrade your home insulation as it could be the root of the problem. Properly insulated walls and ceilings will be less affected by condensation, and therefore not have problems with mould.

Cut out the damp conditions in your home. Keep bathrooms, kitchens and other humid spaces well ventilated and dry.

Spread out towels and shower curtains to dry.

Tackle leaks as soon as possible to prevent moisture seeping into cavities and under floors.

It’s common that mould and mildew appear again so don’t panic. Now you know how to deal with it.

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