How to Treat Common Moulds
Common moulds; they seem to be everywhere. From cups that
have been left on the bedroom side a little too long, to the corners of the window panes in a bathroom. Mould can creep up on us in our daily life if
condensation or any cause of damp is left untreated, which might sometimes seem
difficult to prevent, and even more difficult to avoid, but this doesn’t have
to be the case!
If common mould has already accumulated in your home, follow our guide to show you how to treat it.
What are Common Moulds?
Common moulds are nothing to be alarmed about, it simply means they are more likely to show up than other moulds around the house.
So which moulds are more likely to make an appearance in your home? To name a few;
Alternaria- This classic mould is found both indoors and outdoors and finds its home in areas such as a damp sink or shower.
Aspergillus – This mould is the most common type of indoor mould and thankfully, it generally doesn’t pose much of a risk.
Aureobasidium – This common mould makes an appearance on wooden furniture and surfaces and can also make an appearance on wallpaper.
Chaetomium – This type of mould is commonly found in drywall that has suffered from water damage. Easy to detect because it smells damp.
Cladosporium – This variety of mould is found in both warm and cool areas which makes it easy to be a common type of mould. You can find it in places such as carpet, floorboards and older fabrics.
Fusarium – This mould tends to prefer the wetter, colder areas, with carpets being its ideal habitat.
Penicillium – This common mould can be predominantly found indoors, inside objects such as insulation, furniture and carpets (particularly water damaged) and has a tendency to spread quickly.
For more information on moulds and how they affect us, read our blog here on types of mould in the house.
How do You Treat Common Moulds?
It’s time to stop these common moulds in their tracks and the first port of call is to identify which common mould is in your home. Typically, a homeowner can take care of their common indoor moulds without any outside assistance. Using household products that are designed for mould in this case should be sufficient.
To do this, simply go through your home, examining for any mould or damp patches. Make sure you are wearing protective clothing and a mask, so the mould doesn’t irritate your skin or your respiratory system! If you are able too, sealing off the area and containing the mould would be a good move in inhibiting its growth to any other areas of the house.
Simply wash the mould with a detergent designed to remove and kill mould along with warm water and dry thoroughly. When the surface is completely dry, use a bleach solution. Repeat this process up to three times.
A fourth step would be to paint over the surface with a paint designed to prevent mould. Our anti mould paint will prevent any unwanted moulds growing back in your home!
How Can You Prevent Moulds?
You know what they say, “prevention is better than cure”, but we can’t always see mould coming, or know when it’s going to show up!
Keeping an eye out for damp patches or condensation around the home will give you a good indicator as to whether it is an excellent breeding ground for mould or not. The first thing to do to prevent common mould is to tackle the damp, which is essentially caused by excess moisture.
It will depend on why the damp is occurring which will determine what course of action you take to eliminate it. Read our blog here on how to get rid of damp in the house.
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