What to Do if Mould Keeps Coming Back?
At I-sells we recognise the discomfort, destruction and danger that can be caused by inadequate ventilation, along with environments that are not properly maintained, and that can become susceptible to mould.
Mould can and will spread if left unattended, but it can be dealt with in a variety of ways, in this blog, we will be discussing “‘What to do if mould keeps coming back?”
Mould is known for its resilience, however, this is to our detriment, as mould can be a precursor or an agitator of many health issues including respiratory problems. This resilience makes it hard to combat, but sometimes the cause of mould may just be more than a surface issue.
What causes 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 Aside from this, mould can develop from out-of-date food, which spreads to other food that is left near it.
Mould treatment options
When it comes to treatment for mould, you can’t expect it to be removed by itself, so here are some options when it comes to treating them with household items, or specially designed mould treatment products.
Using Vinegar to treat bleach
What you will need:
- White vinegar
- An Empty spray bottle x2
- Baking Soda
- Scrub pad or brush
- Mask, gloves, goggles.
- Apply your safety equipment before commencing
- Pour the vinegar into the empty spray bottle, then use the spray bottle on the moulded area, be sure to spray directly onto the mould. After spraying, leave it for an hour minimum.
- Add a teaspoon of baking soda and two cups of water in your spare spray bottle, and shake thoroughly. This is your baking soda scrub.
- Spray the scrub directly onto the mould just as you did with the vinegar, then scrub the area, the baking soda helps to remove any stains caused by the mould. Rinse the area with warm water after the scrub.
- Spray the area once more with your vinegar or baking soda solution, (either is fine) then leave the area to air-dry.
Using specially designed mould treatment products
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
Maybe you don’t want white or magnolia, we have got you covered if that’s the case. 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.
Want to secure your home from mould? We offer the Kair Mould Control Pack, a bundle with the previously mentioned surface cleaner, and two 50ml anti-mould additives, saving you 15% more than if you were to buy individually.
It is our responsibility to clarify that even though these products will help you get rid of mould, it will still come back if you neglect the maintenance needed to have a mould-free environment. Below are our tips for maintaining a mould-free environment.
Now that we have shared our solutions to destroying the mould you are dealing with, it is now about preventing its return. Here are some things you can do in your home or flat to prevent the growth and spread of mould.
Ventilate – Ventilation is a key factor in keeping your home mould free. It can be as simple as opening a window when you are showering or cooking to opening a window when you notice condensation in your home.
For the best possible solutions in home ventilation, we recommend you take a look through our ventilation range. Or take a look at our blog to find out what the best extractor fan is for your kitchen, or alternatively, we can tell you the best extractor fan for your bathroom.
Track your humidity levels – Consider buying a Hygrometer. This device measures the levels of humidity in the air, which can indicate to you which rooms are creating the perfect environment for mould. This is a valuable maintenance and detection device that we offer.
- Deal with it – If you find mould on your food, dispose of it and any other foods that may have been touching the moulded food, or open within the same area. If you find mould on any surfaces, clean it immediately with our anti-mould surface cleaner.
What to do if mould keeps coming back?
If you’ve tried the household items, along with the specially made products, whilst also using HVAC products, the issue may be structural. There could be a leaking pipe in your home (or a neighbour’s if your homes are connected.) It could be clogged gutters or exposed brickwork.
There are many factors that can cause mould to keep returning. If this is a problem you experience, the best course of action is to contact a professional plumber, and your landlord/letting agency.
At I-Sells, aside from superior ventilation to deal with the cause of mould, (Condensation) we also sell mould-control paints and cleaners which will remove and/or prevent mould from growing in your home as long as adequate care is taken.
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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.
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