Mold and mildew is frequently seen in homes at this time of year due to homeowners keeping windows closed whilst having the heating on.
Although, this unsightly fungi is not likely to ever be left long enough to cause significant damage to your possessions – and is rarely covered by your home insurance – it is also good to know how to prevent and deal with it because of the possible health implications that can be caused by prolonged exposure.
Mold being removed from a wall in a home
When trying to prevent mold growth, it is important to be aware of the specific causes in the home.
Most commonly, where mildew is seen in corners, on walls and skirting boards, humid or damp air which carries the spores has settled on these cooler surfaces.
Such simple actions as getting used to opening the curtains as soon as the sun comes up each morning is an easy first step, as sometimes rooms that are used less throughout the day often avoid the drying benefits of sunlight.
Try to keep your air as dry as possible. If the purchase or rental of a dehumidifier seems a little drastic, be sure to keep your home as well ventilated as possible by opening windows for a short while after having the central heating switched on.
When drying clothes indoors, try to hang them up in the most ventilated areas of the home, and in smaller places like wardrobes it is also possible to use silica gel to absorb moisture.
Keeping your surfaces as clean as possible is a good method of prevention as dust or dirt can also be a cause, but if mildew or mold is already beginning to appear it is best to tackle the area by a more particular means.
If the mildew has appeared on a painted surface, it should be scrubbed with a small amount of bleach mixed with water. Remember to keep windows open, and to follow this by wiping the area with a wet cloth, and afterward dry the area as much as possible.
The process of how mold is removed from a house
For wallpaper, it is best not to use the bleach and scrub method straight away. Instead, dry out the room for a few hours, wash the area with water and soapsuds, and then dab the area dry.
If mildew has appeared on items such as furniture and other material goods, it is a good idea to clean these items outside to be sure the spores won’t settle anywhere else.
These can often be brushed and aired mildew-free, whilst leather detergent or alcohol can help clean leather.