What Kills Mould and Stops It From Growing Back?
With 62% of people in the UK claiming to have dealt with mould at least once in their lives, it is no surprise that people are quick to find ways to destroy mould in their homes. Mould is a scourge that needs to be removed. Thankfully there are ways to remove it.
In this blog we will be answering the question ‘What kills mould and stops it from growing back?’
To prevent mould, fresh air should constantly be introduced into your dwelling daily, as it helps to regulate temperature and reduce condensation. Introducing fresh air can be as simple as having a ventilation routine, or installing extractors or PIV systems. Almost all of this is facilitated by ducting.
I-Sells is here to provide the answers you need whilst also supplying you with all the information you need to combat mould and have a well-ventilated home.
What is Mould?
Mould, otherwise known as damp, is a fungus that grows on wet surfaces. Mould comes in a variety of colours: Black, Green, Brown, Grey and White. It can be difficult to identify mould by colour as it can occur in many shades. Some of the most common mould strains in the home are:
- Black Mould – Also called Stachybotrys chartarum, Black mould is commonly found in bathrooms and wet rooms but can also occur on cold exterior walls in habitable rooms such as the bedroom or living room.
- Cladosporium – Commonly found in bathrooms, under sinks, and around faucets but it can grow on surfaces like carpets, furniture, walls, and floors.
Mould reproduces from tiny spores. The spores float through the air and deposit on the surfaces. Under adequate temperature, moisture, and nutrient conditions, the spores can form new mould colonies.
Mould can severely affect your immune and respiratory system, as the spores are easily breathable and not obvious to see through the human eye.
If you have found mould in your home, you need to assess if this is your landlord’s responsibility (for example it could be from a leaking roof that needs repairing). Or if the damp is caused by improper ventilation. To assess your options, click here.
What is the cause of mould?
Mould in your home generally occurs as a result of condensation.
Condensation occurs when heat and moisture in the air are confined to a certain area, as this heat tries and fails to escape, droplets of water are created on cold surfaces. A good way to think about this is having a hot shower on a cold day and not opening your window.
The reason condensation creates mould is that a damp and humid environment is the optimum condition for mould to grow. In regards to windows, it is a big problem if there is mould on your windows (it can usually be found in the corners of the windowpane or the walls connected to the window).
The true danger of mould is that its particles can travel through the air without us seeing it, incidentally, this means opening a window with mould on it runs the risk of that mould being blown inside your room alongside the fresh air.
That being said, condensation is not the only cause of mould, it can occur from leaks in the structure of a building too. Aside from this, mould can develop from out-of-date food, which spreads to other food that is left near it.
What Kills mould and stops it from growing back?
Mould can be killed with a variety of products, from items specially made for mould removal to using things that are available in your house. I-Sells has a variety of mould removal items, including anti-mould paint and surface cleaners specifically for mould removal.
However, mould can constantly return if the source of the condensation it grows from is not addressed. If you have leaks in the home or area, no matter how many mould removal items you use, they will return if you don’t rectify the cause of it.
Stopping mould from growing back can be a difficult task, but having your home well-ventilated, and as a result – free from condensation, will ensure mould will have a difficult time growing back.
You can improve your home’s ventilation by purchasing extractor fans and/or PIV systems. The former works to remove condensation in the home, whilst a PIV system does this whilst regulating the temperature of the area it is in.
What can I use to get rid of mould?
Note: Any instance of cleaning or dealing with mould, one should at the very least, wear a mask and gloves.
Kair Anti Mould Paint is an excellent, premium quality, low odour anti mould coating guaranteed to protect against unsightly and unhygienic black mould even when there is persistent condensation.
The unsurpassed performance is achieved by combining modern paint technology with highly advanced, proven biocides. The anti-mould biocide is combined throughout the paint film, which is formulated to impart toughness, elasticity, water resistance and durability to the finish. You’ll find with this product that it is:
- Easy to use
- Fast Drying
- Low Odour
- Ideal for walls and ceilings
- Long-lasting protection
- Matt Finish
For best results, you should wash mouldy surfaces with Kair Anti Mould Surface Cleanser Concentrate. Specifically designed to clean and treat mould growth areas.
Our unique Anti-Mould paint additive contains a fungicidal additive that allows you to secure anti-mould properties to:
- Emulsion paint
- Eggshell paint
- Tile grout
- Gloss Paint
- Wallpaper paste
This means alongside having anti-mould paint in colours, you can also secure your tiling grout making your shower, kitchen or bathroom anti-mould, alongside your wallpaper.
Simply apply one 50ml bottle to any 2.5L bucket of paint that fits within the parameters mentioned above and mix thoroughly.
Is there a mould-cleaning kit?
Yes, we offer the Kair Mould Control Pack, a bundle with the previously mentioned surface cleaner, and two additional 50ml anti-mould additives, saving you 15% more than if you were to buy individually.
How do I prevent mould without ventilation systems?
Although this is not a completely full-proof option to prevent mould, the following tips can greatly aid your efforts in maintaining a mould free environment, and it can be as simple as:
- Open most of your windows for at least 20 minutes each day, allow air to circulate
- Invest in a hygrometer, this monitors humidity levels wherever it is placed
- Open the window when cooking or having a hot shower, this lets steam escape as opposed to all of it being condensation.
- Wipe and treat surfaces that regularly accumulate condensation
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We at I-Sells endeavour to make sure our customers have all the information they need before choosing to invest in our mould solutions. Be sure to visit our blog page to gain knowledge on the wide array of factors and issues surrounding ventilation, mould, condensation, and much more.
We hope to have answered the question ‘What kills mould and stops it from growing back?’’
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