Mould is the bane of many a home-owner: it discolours walls, blackens grouting and is generally unsightly. It can also be a health risk, particularly if the mould breeds to such an extent that spores get released into the air, making it dangerous to those with allergies and respiratory diseases such as asthma.
If the mould has grown particularly prevalent, disturbing it could be dangerous and it is recommended that you take precautions or refer to an expert before attempting to remove it. If, however, the mould is a seasonal issue, appearing only during times when there is increased moisture in the air, then the following tips may help you remove the mould without resorting to chemicals, as well as prevent further outbreaks from taking place.
Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning mould. A face mask is also recommended to reduce the risk of inhaling any spores.
Removing Mould with Vinegar
Vinegar is a natural, non-toxic liquid that is known for its cleaning properties, but it also has the benefit of being able to kill 82% of mould species. For removing mould, distilled white vinegar works best.
- Pour some of the vinegar into a spray bottle.
- Spray onto the mouldy surface and leave for an hour.
- Using a wet microfibre cloth, wipe the surface and allow it to dry. Whilst a standard cleaning cloth will also work, the microfibres will help remove the mould without damaging the surface on which it has grown.
- Repeat as necessary.
Regularly spraying the surface with vinegar will help prevent the mould from growing. This is particularly useful during seasonal mould outbreaks, such as in winter when there is greater than normal amounts of condensation in the home.
Removing Mould with Baking Soda
Baking Soda is an effective cleaning solution, and its abrasiveness can help combat most moulds. It is also an effective deodoriser and can help to remove mouldy smells.
- Soak a microfibre cloth in water and add ¼ tablespoon of baking soda.
- Wipe the rag across the mouldy surface and repeat until the mould is removed.
To prevent further mould outbreaks, regularly spray the surface with vinegar.
Things to Bear in Mind
- Mould can grow almost anywhere as long as there is enough moisture – keeping rooms dry is the best way to keep mould from growing in your home, particularly the bathroom where mould is most common.
- On a wet surface, mould can appear within a mere 24-hours – always wipe away spillages and condensation build ups as soon as possible.
- Mould breeds fastest in humid conditions – regularly ventilate any rooms in the home, particularly those with greater than normal amounts of moisture.