Tips for Removing Mould
Do you wonder why people panic when they find out there’s mould in the house? Some may think this is an overreaction, but wait till you get to know what moulds are and why they are bad for you.
What is Mould?
Moulds can grow almost everywhere but can get out of control in dark, moist and poorly-ventilated areas. These organisms are fungi that feed on biological substances such as wood, paper and moisture. They can damage the things they grow on while the spores they release can affect humans by way of allergens and mycotoxins.
Why is Mould bad for you?
The mycotoxins and allergens from moulds have the ability to cause skin irritation, nasal congestion, airway inflammation, tightness of the chest, throat irritation, wheezing and cough. Hence, prolonged exposure to mould spores may cause and trigger chronic asthma and bleeding of the lungs. The World Health Organization (WHO) also stated that 300 million cases of childhood asthma worldwide is brought about by mould-infested surroundings.
What’s the best way to remove mould?
There are non-toxic methods to remove mould in your surroundings. The most common places these organisms grow on are in the basement, bathroom, kitchen and other damp, dark places that may be difficult to reach and clean. If you have determined their locations, here are simple ingredients that would help you eliminate mould.
Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-fungal solution. All you have to do is transfer the liquid into a spray bottle so you can easily apply it on any surface that requires cleaning. Know that hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching effect. So, do not use it on surfaces that may get easily discolored. Spray the solution on affected areas and let it sit for around 10 minutes before scrubbing the surface clean and dry.
Dissolve ¼ tablespoon of baking soda into a bottle of water. Spray it on the area before scrubbing. Then after you have wiped it dry, spray another dose to keep mould from growing back.
You will need to use the full-strength of vinegar. Transfer it into a spray bottle so you can easily soak the affected area. After an hour, clean it with water and let dry. You would have to deal with its lingering smell, but this should go away in a few hours.
How to prevent mould?
- Since it can be difficult and challenging to remove mould, prevention is necessary. Here are simple ways to prevent their growth-
- Maintain proper ventilation by using exhaust fans or opening windows and doors
- Eliminate leaks inside the house
- Lessen source of humidity such as plants, humidifying machines and fish tanks
- Keep your sinks dry
In addition to the tips above, ensure you to get your tile & grout professionally cleaned at least once every year as the pores in your tiles create the perfect habitat for moulds to grow.