If you have black mould in your house, you need to be doing something to fix it, quickly.
The first and most obvious problem is the unpleasant look it leaves in any room. And even if the problem is often hidden away behind furniture until the mould has indeed spread, it doesn’t mean you should ignore it.
Second, is the damage it is doing to the windows and walls that it is growing on. If your mould is growing on wallpaper, it will be creating damp that can easily tear or damage the wallpaper itself. Mould has a habit of growing on furniture as well, which can be much trickier to clean and can damage or ruin the furniture if not treated properly.
The third and most important reason is the danger it poses to your and your family’s health. Mould growing in the house will be producing allergens and toxic substances, which in turn can lead to allergic reactions resulting in itching or rashes. It can even affect your repository system causing asthma attacks. You can be particularly at risk if you have pre-existing allergens or skin problem, a weakened immune system, a house with infants, sick or frail people.
What is causing the mould?
Black mould is mostly attributed to an excess of humidity, either because there’s always water present in an area or extreme temperature differences cause condensation. The list of factors includes:
- Trapped moisture
- Wet and humid weather
- Open fires
- Poor ventilation
- Temperature difference
- Poorly sealed windows
If you want to fix the problem, your long-term solution needs to be identifying the cause of the issue. Have a look at the list above and see if you can identify any of them as problems in your home. Once identified, it becomes easier to fix the long-term problem.
What do I need to clean the mould?
Getting rid of the mould itself shouldn’t be too difficult, but you do need to take the right precautions when doing so. Because of the health dangers of black mould, it is essential to take a few safety steps before you start cleaning. To clean mould from windows and walls, you are going to need:
- Spray bottle
- Paper towels
- Plastic bag
- Sponge cloth
How do I safely clean the mould?
Now that you’ve collected everything needed for cleaning, here’s what you need to do next:
- Lay rags down on the floor to ensure any spillage or waste doesn’t stain the floor (and therefore require carpet cleaners)
- Prepare a bleach cleaning solution – water down some bleach and place it into your spray bottle.
- Put on your eyes protecting goggles and gloves to protect your hands – this will protect you from both the bleach and the mould.
- Applying the cleaning solutions to the black mould so the it is damp.
- Use the sponge cloth to wipe away at the mould – repeat this until the mould has gone.
- Use the paper towel to absorb any leftover residue
Great job! Now you’ve managed to clean away the mould. Remember that prevention is the best treatment in the future and moisture causes that mould. Have a look at your house and try and eliminate the problem to prevent another fight with mould in the future!