Mould may have its uses in the wild, but in your home there’s just no room for it. Damp, humid areas like the bathroom can be a breeding ground for this nasty spore – but they don’t have to be. Learn the right methods of cleaning mould off walls, ceilings and materials and take steps to prevent it from forming to keep your home a clean and hygienic castle.
How to get rid of mould on walls
Cleaning mould off walls is common in particularly damp and cold rooms so the first thing you need to check is your ventilation and heating systems. Get them up and running, and start removing mould on walls as soon as you notice it. The longer you leave it, the worse it’ll get.
- Wear protective clothing to protect yourself from harsh chemicals: a mask and gloves and essential
- Use a cleaning product containing bleach – like Domestos – or make your own solution by mixing one part chlorine bleach with three parts cold water
- Dip a sponge in your chosen cleaner, or spray it onto the affected area
- Wipe the sponge across the mould in a circular motion. Use a soft bristled brush if the mould stains are severe and be careful to prevent dripping the solution on other surfaces. If drips do occur, wipe them away with a clean cloth immediately
- Once the mould is removed, dampen a clean cloth in cool water and wipe the area
- Finally, dry the wall with a clean cloth
How to get rid of mould on ceilings
If you’re removing mould from ceilings then you first need to assess the source of the mould as it may be due to leaks from pipes or from the room above. You’ll need to fix any damage like this straight away or the mould will just come back.
- Wear protective clothes – a face mask is very important – and ventilate the room
- Use a step ladder or a footstool with anti-slip feet to reach the stain. Ask someone to stabilise the ladder for you if you can
- Scrape away any flaking paint using a paint scraper and inspect the stain
- If the mould infestation has taken root and the ceiling is made from a porous material like wood or drywall then you may need to replace this part of your ceiling
- Spray a solution of bleach and water for non-porous materials or white vinegar and water for porous materials and wipe the stain with a clean cloth
- Wipe afterwards with a cloth dipped in cool water before drying the area
Repeat as much as necessary to remove the mould stain
How to remove mould from curtains
Getting mould out of fabric requires a different process to treating walls and ceilings. These instructions on how to remove mould from curtains can be applied to other fabrics too.
- Check the care label of the fabric for any special washing instructions
- Pre-treat any mould stains with a liquid detergent like OMO rubbed into the area
- Leave the detergent to work for around 30 minutes
- If machine washable, place in the machine on the highest recommended temperature. If the curtains need to be hand washed, use the hottest water you can manage and wear gloves to protect your hands
- For white curtains or fabrics, add a little bleach to the wash
- Hang the curtains to dry naturally. The sun is a natural bleaching agent so hanging white curtains in direct sunlight could help remove stains even more
- Repeat these steps until all mould is removed
How to remove mould from shower cubicles
Discovered some pesky black mould spots during your morning shower? Follow these steps to remove mould from shower areas:
- Put on protective clothing and ventilate the room
- Apply a bleach-based cleaning product like Domestos– it’ll kill germs and mould
- Scrub the area with a colourfast cloth or sponge
Rinse the area thoroughly with cold water and wipe with a clean cloth