What is Mould?
Damp and mould aren’t just unsightly: they can also be harmful to your health. Breathing in mould spores isn’t good for anybody, and some people react more severely than others – mould allergies are not uncommon, and a small number of people may even develop severe mould-induced respiratory conditions.
Your house will be more susceptible to damp (and therefore mould) if you live in a particularly humid climate. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to remove mould and keep it from coming back.
You’re going to need the following:
- Diluted bleach solution or specialised mould remover Either will do – just follow the instructions on each product label, paying particular attention to any safety instructions (be careful to keep it away from your eyes, naturally). You should be diluting your bleach with about an equal amount of water.
- A facemask (to avoid breathing in either bleach fumes or mould spores).
In extreme conditions – if your carpets are mouldy, or you’re out to get rid of mould on walls after it has already started to destroy the paintwork – you might also need the following:
- Fungicidal paint
- Carpet shampoo
How To Get Rid of Damp and Mould On Carpets
Carpets are a little trickier, but you can start from the same basic principles. These steps will also work on any fabric-based furniture – just be sure to spot test a tiny, unnoticeable area first to ensure the safety of the fabric. You can read more about how to remove mould from carpets here.
- Find the source of the damp, and eliminate it if possible (more on this below).
- Spray the affected area with your chosen mould removal
- Scrape off the worst of the mould.
- Wash the affected area with carpet shampoo – taking care to make sure all the mould has been picked up.
How To Make Sure the Mould Doesn’t Come Back
Now that you know how to get rid of damp, mould, and related problems, you can start taking precautions to avoid a repeat infestation.
- Make sure your house is properly ventilated.
- Work out where the major sources of condensation are, and work to minimise them. The kitchen and bathroom are usually the worst offenders: it’s worth installing extractor fans in them to reduce the chances of damp hanging around.
- Locate any leaky pipes, walls, or roof spots, and seal them up.
- Make sure your gutters are cleared regularly – overflowing gutters are a primary cause of leaks, especially where the overflow can find its way into windows and doorways.
Mould can affect your home in a number of different ways, so if you need more advice or information about tackling mould in the home, you can click here for more advice on removing mould. Your home should be fresh, dry, and mould-free in no time.