How to get rid of mould

With temperatures dropping and many people giving into the temptation to curl up under a blanket with windows and curtains closed to the outside world. While this is perfectly understandable, it can also help turn homes into a breeding ground for condensation and mould.

What is mould?

Mould is a type of fungus, and modern homes provide the perfect growing conditions for it:

  • Warmth
  • Moisture
  • Food (paper, wood, carpet, dust or dirt)

It will also keep growing as long as it’s left to its own devices.

Mould comes in lots of different colours: green, grey, black, white, orange, and pink. These different types grow in different places, but they all have one thing in common: they need moisture to grow.

Aside from just looking unsightly, certain kinds of mould have links with allergies, cancers, and respiratory problems like asthma, so whether you own your own home, or you’re a tenant, removing it safely and doing everything you can to stop it from coming back should definitely be near the top of your to-do list.

How to get rid of mould

First of all, make sure you’re wearing gloves and a mask – something we’ve all had quite a lot of practice with this year! This will limit your exposure to any mould spores released into the air when cleaning.

Take a bucket of warm soapy water, and a rag or a cloth you won’t mind throwing away afterwards. Wipe away the mould from the wall. Once you’ve wiped it all away, dry it with a clean cloth or rag, and give your room a good vacuum to get rid of any wayward spores.

How to stop mould from returning

If you don’t get rid of the root cause, you can keep removing the mould but it won’t stop returning. The biggest cause of mould in this country, is the moisture of condensation which can be particularly prevalent at this time of year.

Here are our top tips for keeping condensation to a minimum:

Keep warm

If you’re one of those people who take pride in not turning on your heating until late November, use the thermostat and set it at 15 degrees. Not only will this prevent condensation forming on the walls, it will also protect your water pipes in the event of a hard frost.

Dry washing outside

Where possible, don’t dry washing indoors. If that’s a necessity though, put it in a room with the window open for ventilation, and keep the door closed to keep the moisture contained.

Stem the steam

Hot showers at this time of year are bliss, but the steam can cause problems! Make sure if you have a steamy shower that the door is shut and the fan is on.

Ventilation for the nation

Open your bedroom window for 10-15 minutes every day when you wake up. Not only will this allow fresh air in and banish any staleness, it’ll stop condensation build-up.

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