What Anti-Fungal Solutions Can I Use?
Soap and water will never solve a mould problem alone. Other than a shop-bought anti-mould spray that is tailored specifically to suit the affected area, you could use the following products:
- Bleach or Hydrogen Peroxide
Though bleach is commonly thought to kill mould, it is only really effective in stopping mould growing on non-porous materials, like tiles. The same goes for hydrogen peroxide. Both these chemicals can be extremely corrosive, so make sure to check whether they are compatible with your floor. Mix a solution of 1 part bleach or hydrogen peroxide to 8 parts water. Leave to soak and then dry.
- Vinegar and/or Baking Soda
Vinegar doesn’t kill every single type of mould, though it does slow down its development. Baking soda has the same effect but is also a very effective odour remover. Use vinegar neat and leave it to soak for an hour for full effect before rinsing out. Mix a paste of baking powder and warm water, apply and leave to soak, then brush or vacuum off.
- Tea-tree and/or Grapefruit Seed Oil
Both of these oils have long been championed for their anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, and many advocates of natural remedies believe they are effective in combating mould. Add 1 tsp of tea-tree oil, or 10 drops of grapefruit seed oil, to a cup of water and add to a spray bottle. Then, apply the product to the affected area, wipe the excess off with a cloth, and leave to air-dry.
Mould in House – 4 Ways to Prevent Mould
Mould loves warm, moist conditions, and it spreads very quickly via airborne spores, so it can be very difficult to eradicate from your home. Often the root cause is a leak or excess humidity. To prevent mouldy floors and carpets you should:
- Keep all rooms in the house well ventilated – use dehumidifiers if necessary to reduce moisture in the air.
- Avoid laying carpet in the bathroom; use tiles or other non-porous materials for bathroom floors.
- Hang bathmats and towels up to dry after each use. Launder these in a hot cycle with a vinegar rinse at least once a week to sanitise them.
- Make sure that damp items are never directly in contact with floors for any length of time – the bottoms of indoor plant pots, for example.
There you have it – with these tips, your mould problem should be simple to deal with. If you need a little more information, you can find out more about using mould and mildew removers in your kitchen and bathroom here.