Don’t be controlled by the mould. We’ve all been a victim of mould, which is usually the result of condensation. Enough is enough! St Anne’s Housekeeping believes that everyone deserves to feel at home. Here are our top tips to help you.
Dry Your Washing Outside
As you may already know, condensation is probably the most common cause of mould. Mould grows in warm and damp conditions, where there isn’t much airflow. Drying your laundry indoors will produce condensation. This will have a negative impact on your central heating. If drying your clothes outside isn’t possible, we would recommend you dedicate a room to dry them, leaving a minimum of one window open. This will help reduce condensation. You can prevent mould by drying the affected area.
Open a Window and Shut the Door
Whilst carrying out your usual duties in the bathroom or kitchen, it’s recommended that you close the door and open the window after use. This will prevent condensation from settling on walls, windows and ceilings. This will allow any excess moisture to disperse naturally without affecting the temperature of the air in the house. To make like easier, you could buy an extractor fan to help reduce condensation.
Ban the Smoke
Smoking cigarettes indoors highly reduce the quality of the air in your home. Take great care in maintaining the hygiene on your fireplace, if you own one. Removing the harmful dust, prevent soot and smoke from contaminating the air. Your home environment might be more polluted than outdoors. Chemicals from household cleaners, spray-on-deodorants, hair sprays and other chemicals affect the quality of air. A wise idea would be to open a window every so often.
Destroy the Dust Mites
Dust Mites enjoy damp and mouldy conditions. You’ll find dust mites in bedding, carpets and other soft furniture. If you’ve had your pillow or duvet for more than two years, approximately 10% of the weight is made up of dust mites and their droppings. Beddings, cushions and carpets should be cleaned or hovered on a regular basis.
Overfilling your bedroom wardrobe and kitchen cupboards limit the air from circulating inside. Make sure your furniture is at least 50mm away from the walls so that the air can move around freely. Also, it will make conditions warmer if you place furniture against internal walls inside the house.
Clean Carpets Regularly
Having carpets inside your house can come with dust mites, dirt, hair and fungus if it’s not maintained correctly. This can potentially cause asthma and bronchial attacks, which can cause bad smells and decrease the air quality inside your home. Have you got carpet fitted in your kitchen and bathroom? It may be a good idea to change the flooring to tiles or laminate. This can prevent mould, fungi and dust mites. If you enjoy having carpet in your bathroom and kitchen, rooms need to be well ventilated and carpets need to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Remove the Mould
Prevent the condition from escalating by removing the mould. Furthermore, it’s recommended you don’t remove any mould yourself, knowing condensation is NOT the culprit. Also, if the mould covers an area more than one metre squared. Protect yourself from the mould by wearing goggles, long rubber gloves and a mask which covers your mouth and nose. Keep your doors closed and windows open whilst cleaning to prevent spores spreading to other areas in the house.
What you will Need:
· Wet Cloth – Cloth – Use a cloth dipped in soapy water to carefully wipe the mould off the wall
· Dry Cloth – Once the mould is removed, use a dry cloth to remove the moisture from the wall
· Plastic Bag – To take away any clothes and soft toys that are mouldy. Put the rags in a plastic bag and throw them away
According to NHS Choices, damp and mould may cause respiratory problems, infections, allergies and asthma, and can also affect the immune system.
If you require further cleaning help or enquires regarding our services, don’t hesitate to contact St.Annes HouseKeeping on:
Telephone- 020 3397 7495 | 0800 999 3397
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have!