Mould is a common problem in London mainly due to weather conditions, the number of renting properties that are not taken care of properly and there is simply a lack of awareness on how to deal with it. In this article, we are going to show you how to clean mould stains.
It is caused by humidity, inadequate heating or ventilation and water leaks.
Mould cannot exist and grow without moisture. Therefore you must first find and eradicate the source. Be careful though as mould spores have been related to various health problems including infections, asthma, allergies and sinusitis.
It may be worth considering getting a professional company to do the cleaning especially if you have existing health concerns. If you do decide to do this by yourself, then make sure you use all the precautions: rubber gloves, eye goggles, overalls and a dust mask. You can find them in any domestic shops in London. Avoid eating, drinking or smoking in the contaminated area as well.
Most of the mold cases appear or become worse after major leaks, floods or other damages caused by water in a house. It is very important to clean up and dry-out the property immediately if you want to prevent this. Open windows, use ventilators or dehumidifiers.
Avoid using fans if mold damage is visible as this can spread the bacteria more easily. Pay extra attention to ventilation after cleaning since although current equipment dries your carpet up to 90% you still must have air circulation in the house afterwards to dry it out properly to avoid condensation.
Use mold killers
Although these will not remove the stains, it will clean mold and make it harmless. Use phosphoric acid instead of bleach. Vinegar is a good green alternative too.
In some cases staining can only be covered by painting, but it is very important to dry the area out first and than apply special paint named Zinsser which will protect your wall against mold return, so you don’t have to clean mold repeatedly
Make sure you also clean objects that were affected, not only surfaces. If anything has been affected by mold, it is best to get it removed if possible. If we do not have the possibility, dry them out (make sure you move things away from walls first), clean and disinfect. For badly affected items begin by using a high suction industrial vacuum cleaner then damp-wipe. Dispose of your wipes and rinse water frequently – as they will be contaminated with mold quickly. Scrub all contaminated surfaces thoroughly with stiff brush, hot water, and a non-ammonia soap/detergent or commercial cleaner. Collect excess cleaner and cleaning water using a vacuum cleaner, a mop or sponge. Finally, rinse the surface or items with clean water and dry everything out as quickly as possible.
It is unlikely that any home will be completely free of condensation, but adjusting your lifestyle and knowing how to fight mold off will make enormous changes. Clean more often, ventilate and make sure you dry any major spillages and leaks quickly and efficiently.