Mould is a type of fungi that can grow in your home. It thrives in moist, warm environments and often produces allergens that can be harmful to people who are sensitive to them. If you have mould growing inside your house, it's important that you remove or remove the source of moisture so as not to let it spread. Additionally, there are steps you should take to remove any mould from the area.
If you have any furniture or carpets affected by mould, remove them immediately. Remember that if these things are removed and dried, there's a chance of the item becoming infested again with mold. You should also remove anything else that was touched by the water such as curtains and bedding so they can be properly cleaned too. Always wash your hands after touching any surfaces to avoid spreading spores to other parts of the house or possessions unnecessarily.
This is where it pays off to use an anti-bacterial spray before going near any contaminated areas - this will protect you against coming into contact with harmful bacteria which may cause infection in people who are vulnerable (e.g. those with asthma or COPD).
There are many different types of mold, so it is important that you remove any items and surfaces which may have been contaminated so they can be properly cleaned and dried in a well-ventilated area for at least two weeks to ensure the spores stop growing.
The best way to remove mold from surfaces and porous items is with a bleach solution (a mixture of chlorine bleach and water in the ratio 12:100). These can be applied by applying it liberally onto all areas affected, leave for 30 minutes before wiping off with an old cloth or sponge. You may need to reapply this process until no visible signs of mold remain on the surface - make sure you wear gloves throughout this time as your skin will also come into contact with the spores which could lead to symptoms such as red eyes, sneezing, and coughing if inhaled."
To remove mold from carpets or fabrics, mix a solution of one part bleach with three parts water and spray onto the affected areas. Leave to work for at least 15 minutes before blotting up any excess liquid; it is best to then leave overnight in order for all spores to die off."
"It's important that you remove anything that has been moistened by moisture as this will increase the chances of infection coming back - so if there are clothes or other items which have come into contact with mould, remove them! This can be done through washing these garments separately with detergent (using cold water) and drying them on low heat."
If you suspect that there are any leaks in your home's plumbing system then it is important to locate and repair these as soon as possible. If this isn't done, mould will continue to grow around the leaking area which may cause further damage within your home's structure."
"If you're not sure whether there are any leaks, turn off the hot water at each tap for five minutes - if this leads to decreased pressure on other taps then it is possible that some of the pipes may have developed cracks which can allow excess moisture into these parts of your property." Mould needs both warmth and humidity (also known as dampness) so remove anything else that could be affected by high levels of heat such as furniture, carpets, and soft furnishings.
"Prevention: it's easy enough to remove moisture from a room by using an air purifier or dehumidifier in order to remove any lingering spores from the environment. Furthermore, you can also ensure that all condensation drips off of windowsills so that no water pools on the inside or outside of your property.
Cover all furniture up against walls to stop water droplets forming on it, and remove any carpets that are in contact with the ground."
"After this, you can try to repair any leaks in your home's plumbing system which could help prevent future mould growth." Do not forget about those basement areas also as they are also prone to mould growth.
By following these 4 steps it will be much easier for you to get rid of mould and after these tips, fighting mould will not be an uphill battle.