Growth of mould, mildew, or fungus is quite a common problem in homes that can pose serious threat to your health and the structure of your house. The problem generally becomes massive in the monsoons owing to accumulation of moisture and dampness in certain areas of your house. These areas then become a breeding ground for such fungi, thus creating an unhealthy living environment.
Ugly patches of mould can be found anywhere—on your food, clothing, bathing areas, corners of bedroom, carpet, etc. which if not addressed on time may become a tough problem to fix that can cost you much money.
So, here are some effective tips to help you successfully eradicate mould at your home and prevent it from recurring.
· Your damp clothes or sweat-ridden gym clothes often become breeding grounds for mould, and if ignored, the fungi can develop all-around your home, making it more troublesome to remove it from fabric items.
· The mould treatment to remove mould spores from fabric include taking it outside and brushing it off using a stiff brush as much as possible, and keep it in sun for around three hours.
· If the fabric is washable, pre-soak the fabric in hot water and add a disinfectant like liquid non-chlorine bleach. Rinse and dry to remove stains.
Products to remove mould from exterior home surfaces
Exterior home surfaces like walls, bricks, stone, etc. require special products to eliminate mould from the. However, remember that whatever cleaning product you use, don’t rinse it away completely, as leaving it on can prevent mould growth in the future.
You can even use the products yourselves like-
· Chlorine bleach
You can use household or commercial bleach solution for mould removal as it can work wonders to inhibit its growth and also helps in removing any discolouration or mould stains. However, always remember first to dilute it as it can be quite harsh on the surface you are using.
· Baking soda
Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is a common ingredient found in almost every household. It is a strong base that effectively prevents mould growth. You can mix it with water to make a non-toxic, inexpensive solution for mould removal.
· Distilled white vinegar
The acidic properties of vinegar make it an effective agent for reducing mould that can break down the mould’s structure and eliminate it. Therefore, use a distilled vinegar solution, along with an additional household cleaner for scrubbing out mould. But, remember that it may not altogether remove the mould stains.
Call mould removal professionals
· Minor mould growth over a small area can be effectively removed using several DIY methods, some of which are mentioned above. However, in case of massive mould growth, it is recommended to hire a professional team expert in mould removal.
· If the mould patches reach more than 10 square feet of area, you should definitely call a professional. Their mould removal experience, and use of heavy-duty chemicals and proper disposal of mould-infested materials can considerably help in removing large mould colonies.
These easy tips can effectively help you get rid of mould present in the interior or exterior of your home. However, never try to remove mould yourself if it has grown as a result of contaminated water or sewage; it’s better to call for professional help.