How to get rid of mould
05 February 2013, 11:19
It doesn't just look ugly. It can damage your walls, furniture, and clothing. Here's how to keep it at bay.
The things we do every day, such as cooking, bathing, or even
breathing can cause moisture in our homes which can turn into mould.
and kitchens are usually the best places for mould to grow because of
the moisture in the air. Ugly black patches and a terrible smell are
usually the first signs of mould. Here are some areas where mould is most likely to grow and how to get rid of it:
get rid of mould in between your tiles, use an old toothbrush dipped in
bleach or diluted vinegar to scrub out those stains. A paste made from
water and baking soda also works well. Let it soak for about 15 minutes
and then scrub. Once done, be sure to rinse well and wipe down your
tiles with an old towel or absorbent cloth.
Around your bath or shower
can be a tricky one. If bleach, diluted vinegar, or the paste doesn't
work on the sealant, you might need to cut it out with a utility knife
and reseal the edges of the bath or shower.
On walls or ceilings
like your tile grout, the mould on your walls and ceilings can be
scrubbed away with a brush. Soak the brush in a bleach solution for a
few minutes before scrubbing the area. Oh, and don’t forget to wear
gloves, goggles, and/or masks to protect yourself. Wipe down the area
with a cloth dampened with a bleach solution, and then dry it with
another clean cloth. Do not leave it wet – this is how the problem
started in the first place. Keep the area ventilated while working
On your clothing
happens when wet clothing is left in a pile for more than 24 – 48 hours
(the time mold takes to grow) and not hung out to dry properly. The
best things to do in this case is soak the item (or items – as it can
spread) in diluted vinegar. Mix about half a cup of vinegar in 2L
boiling water, or however much you need. Soak for an hour and then wash –
preferably with hot water because the heat kills mold. Also, bleach
(use a colour safe one for bright clothing items) destroys mold just as
How to avoid the problem?
areas with high condensation, like the bathroom, it is best to have
proper ventilation. Using an extractor fan, or opening all the windows
after bathing, can help with this. Also, never put wet items in the
laundry basket, especially if it will be there for a few days. Mould will form and might spread from the initial
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