If You Clean Mould In Your Home, Experts Have This 1 Warning For You

It's not like your usual chores.

Over 58% of privately rented homes in England have damp, mould or excessive cold problems.

However, when it comes to tackling mould, we can’t treat it like just another chore. A quick wipe down probably won’t do the trick and if you’re not ensuring that you’re protected, according to the NHS, inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash.

How to safely clean black mould

According to Staffordshire Council these are the steps you should take when cleaning mould in the home:

  • Wear rubber gloves, goggles without ventilation/air holes and a protective mask which covers your nose and mouth
  • Open windows before, during and after the clean up but close doors tightly to prevent mould spores transferring to other areas of the building
  • To get rid of mould you can use a vacuum cleaner and empty it afterwards or use a damp cloth that you throw away afterwards. Do not brush the mould as it releases spores into the air that may make cause you breathing problems
  • Next wipe down affected areas using a mild detergent such as washing up liquid, diluted bleach or a fungicidal wash (always follow the safety instructions on the bottle)
  • You can also try using tea tree oil, which is a natural antiseptic and disinfectant. Mix three to four drops of tea tree oil with two litres of hot or cold water, spray it onto bad spots and then wipe/rinse it off. Make sure to do a test on a small bit of the fabric/surface beforehand to avoid discoloration
  • Allow the surface to dry and hoover the room to remove mould spores disturbed and transferred during removal before redecorating using a fungicidal paint or wallpaper paste

How to prevent mould and dampness in the home

According to the experts at ToolStation, the following steps will help you to prevent damp in your home:

  • Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture in the air
  • Keep your bathroom door closed during baths and showers and encourage good ventilation by opening windows and using an extractor fan
  • Wipe your windows every day to remove condensation
  • Keeping pans covered when cooking can reduce steam in the kitchen. You can also utilise an extractor fan and keep the door closed to prevent moisture from spreading around your home
  • Ventilate your home well by opening your windows for 15 minutes every morning. If possible, keeping your windows slightly ajar can help to battle damp and condensation