What is it first of all?
I suppose you could say it is a fungus that grows in damp conditions; it is usually black or white and has a musty smell. Once it grows on surfaces in the home, it releases “spores” into the air which over time can be breathed in and as a result affect your health.
Where you can find it
- Window sills
- Fabric and shoes
- Walls and wall paper
- Areas where you dry laundry
What causes it?
- Condensation from high humidity,
- not opening windows especially in winter
- Low temperatures when the heating is not used
- Steam from cooking, bath and showers
Did you know that two adults sleeping in one room can produce two pints of water vapour in one night!!?
How to clean it
- If you have a large amount, it is important to protect your self by wearing a mask and gloves.
- Wipe the surface with a disposable cloth soaked in soapy water. Dry quickly.
- Remember, bleach only cover it, it does not clean it.
How to prevent it from coming back
- It is true none of us enjoys a draught, but ventilation is necessary not only to get rid of odours but we need to do it in order to remove moisture in the air that is present in your home and “replace” it with fresh air.
- If you have vents in your windows keep them open, open the windows as part of your routine in the morning when you get up, this gets rid of “bed breath and smells. If you can’t bear to open the window fully, at least open it a tiny bit.
- This is especially important if you use heating. Why? Warm air holds more water. Central heating or electricity less so than gas or paraffin.
- Cold rooms can encourage condensation and dampness encouraging mould.
- Keep furniture away from walls to allow warm air to circulate.
- Ventilate the bathroom after use as mould usually appears on the ceilings if you are not careful. After having a hot shower or bath, rinse it out with cold water to help cool down the room.
- When cooking, keep the fumes in the kitchen by closing the door when cooking. Most kitchens nowadays have extractor fans but if you don’t, get a fan and open a window. .
- When drying clothes try and do so in the bathroom as your clothes can produce up to 9 pints of water vapour in a day.
- Clean and dry surfaces regularly
- Use de humidifiers
- Vacuum regularly
- Keep drain clear of blockages
- Window Firm Advises Customers On Dangers Of Untreated Condensation (prfire.co.uk)
- Eco living: how can you keep your home both airy and warm? (telegraph.co.uk)