In almost every home there are mould infestations. They can get big really quickly, so you have to get rid of them before they damage your home and harm you and your family. Before you start mould cleaning you need to know how to identify mould. In this tips and tricks article you will find out and how to remove the small infestations as well as the big ones that have gotten out of hand.
Mould is a fungus that grows in the form of multicellular filaments called hyphae. It can blacken the grout lines in your bathroom, to discolor drywalls, most of the times it shows up as black spots on siding or desks, and the best places for its growing are damp wood. And the last but not least the mould can be bad for you and your family’s health. The microscopic spores cause allergic reactions, runny noses and squeezing, as well as irritating and injurious odors.
How to identify mould?
There is one type of mould which is visible and you can easily spot it. This type is called mildew. Most of the times it begins as small black stains but it grows fast, and can make large colonies. The mould looks like a dirt, so you can discern no differences between dirty surfaces and moulded ones. But there is one simple method to identify if the black spot you see is mould or just dirt. For this test you will need only household bleach and an old sponge. Soak the sponge with the bleach and dab on the blackened area. Wait a few minutes. If the area change its colour and gets brighter, you have mould. But if it does not change its colour, you have only dirt.
Except the black colour, mould has one more typical feature. When there is large mould colony in your home, you would smell it. Mould has musty odour. And if you detect that odour in your home, you have to check if you have mould. Mould likes damp and dark places such as damp crawlspaces, damp walls, or damp carpet.
When you already found out if you have mould and what type of mould, you should remove it.
How to remove mould?
Minor mould can be easily removed with ordinary household cleaning products by following some steps.
- Before you start mould cleaning you need to be sure that there is plenty of fresh air in the place where you are going to clean.
- Vacuum up any loose mould with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner to lessen the number of spores stirred up into the air during the cleaning process.
- Spray an ordinary household cleaner or a ratio of one cup of bleach per one gallon of water on non-porous surfaces with mould growth.
- You don’t need to rinse the surface afterwards (unless it is used for food preparation or a surface which may be touched by small children or pets).
When you don’t rinse the surface afterwards the ordinary household cleaner or bleach will inhibit mould growing in the future.
This method will help you to get rid of small mould colonies. But if you have large concentrations of mould and also if there is musty odour in your home, you have to use professional cleaning services as end of tenancy agency. Every one of their teams has the best cleaners, techniques and protective equipment. Also you will not be a part of mould cleaning process which means that you and your family will not breath the harmful fumes. Our agency will remove the mould in your home fast and cheap. Also we can clean whole of your home or to help you to remove your rubbish. You can call us or find us on www.shinelineltd.co.uk.
To make this article as useful as possible I will give you some tricks and tips about mould prevention:
– If there is dampness in your home, you can be sure that you will have mould as well. So, if you want to prevent mould growing after you already get rid of it is to control dampness. Check your attics, damp crawlspaces and walls. Also the water can easily leak in your basement if the foundation drainage is poor. And if the ventilation is not good, the water could not vaporize and make the place perfect for mould growing.
– One more way to prevent mould colonies is to use paint with mildewcide. You can paint damp rooms as bathroom or if you have shady areas outside of your house. You have to know that most of the paints have mildewcide in them, but if the paint which you want to use there is no mildewcide in it, you can add.