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Black mould: learn how to clean your house from this hidden danger.

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

Mould is very common in homes. About 450,000 homes in England have problems with condensation and mould and it can grow on tiles, fabrics, carpets, wood, and other materials when moisture is present.

scared lady with moldy wall

Key spots are around window frames, in bathrooms, anywhere condensation forms, and where leaks and rising dampness lead to moist patches on ceilings and walls.

Hidden risk, mould it’s a significant threat proactive approach should have been taken to tackle the mould.

Health problems

Two black moulds commonly found in homes are Cladosporium and Alternaria fungi. Another black mould is Stachybotrys chartarum, which can release specific toxins that are harmful to humans.

people who are sensitive to the allergens that moulds produce can experiment sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes, and skin rashes, and also can affect the immune system and trigger more serious problems such as asthma attacks.

Damp and mouldy environments, in general, can cause a host of medical problems, for those with respiratory conditions, people with skin conditions, and people with skin conditions. Especially for most vulnerable babies and young children most at risk from potential danger, can provoke severe, and even fatal, asthma attacks and long-term exposure exacerbates the risk.

Condensation Damp

damp in the bathroom wall

Condensation dampness occurs as a direct result of poor or inadequate ventilation, and once the ventilation issue has been remedied, the condensation and mould should no longer appear. The usual first signs of condensation appear around the window frames as the excess moisture in the property is trying to escape.

Dampness and mould are often found together but different forms of damp can be a lot more severe than mould. Rising damp for example, will most probably need professional removal.

Mould and mildew can often be a problem in houses that have naturally high humidity levels, like those near the coast or beside a lake. The moisture levels in the air can increase during long periods of unpleasant weather, and if mould spores get into your property it can lead to patches appearing.

Black Mould Prevention Clean Tips

Check to see if your windows are allowing rain to seep in and if the sealant around them is damaged.

Always make sure that you dry wet areas immediately. Wipe up spillages and make sure to dry floors and walls after you take a bath or shower.

Available from most DIY shops, a moisture meter is the best way to measure humidity in your home. Ideally, humidity should be between 30-60%. Any higher and your risk of condensation and mould increases.

Leaks are commonly caused by broken gutters or drain pipes. Make sure to inspect the exterior of your house regularly.

Finally, it is important to let air circulate through your home. Keep internal doors open as much as possible and move the furniture away from walls. Open windows on dry days to let fresh air blow into your home, which will reduce moisture and therefore help to prevent mould.

Treating Mould

mould all over bath

When you are removing black mould, it is important to protect yourself from the spores by wearing goggles, long clean rubber gloves and a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Open the windows but keep doors closed to prevent spores from spreading to other areas of the house.

Have a plastic bag ready to take away any soft furnishings, clothes and soft toys that are mouldy. Soft furnishings should be shampooed and clothes professionally dry cleaned.

Fill a bucket with water and some mild detergent, such as washing-up liquid or soap used for handwashing clothes. Use a rag dipped in soapy water to carefully wipe the mould off the wall. Be careful not to brush it, as this can release mould spores.

When you've finished, use a dry rag to remove the moisture from the wall. Afterwards, put the rags in a plastic bag and throw them away. All the surfaces in the room should be thoroughly cleaned by either wet wiping or vacuuming to remove any spores.

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