07 Nov CLEANING MOULD 101
It’s one of the most common, and toughest problems to deal with when cleaning your home – mould. So what is mould, how does it come about, and how can you deal with it? Well the friendly people at Clean Homes & Co. have come together to answer these questions for you, to solve all of your mouldy problems!
What is mould?
Well first off, mould is a type of fungus that’s made of small organisms found almost anywhere. Interestingly, mould isn’t always that yucky green colour that you so often see in your bathrooms or kitchen after a few days of being a little lazy and putting cleaning on the back burner. Now, another question you may be asking is, why does mould come about in nature and what purpose does it serve? Well actually mould plays a vital role in nature by breaking down dead trees, plants and leaves, making it an essential ingredient in any thriving ecosystem.
How does mould come about?
You may not know it, but small particles of invisible mould float around us in our homes daily – don’t worry they are harmless in this form. But when these little particles find a damp spot (usually in your shower or in the sink!) they flock to it and begin to grow – this is where they can start to get dangerous. Unfortunately, it doesn’t even matter what material it is, if it’s damp, mould loves it.
Once mould has begun to grow, there are certain condition that will accelerate its growth rate.
- Temperature: Mould loves warm temperatures just like humans, which is why they so often (and annoyingly!) love forming inside your house, just where you don’t want them to.
- Moisture: We all know that moisture is the cornerstone of mould growth, in fact, mould could simply grow off the humidity in the atmosphere if it really wanted to. Usually mould will grow when humidity is at 70% or above.
- Lack of Light: Interestingly, moulds do not photosynthesise, so it really has no use for light, which is why it thrives in dark environments like your bathroom, where the light it usually switched off.
- Nutrients: Mould simply doesn’t exist without nutrients. Mould mostly lives off dead organic materials like plants, papers, wood and fabrics. But sadly moulds can actually create nutrients from inorganic materials as well, like adhesives and paint.
How can you deal with mould?
Well you know what they say, prevention is often the best solution. So you should be doing everything you can to try and make your home inhospitable for mould. That means preventing moisture and keeping humidity down. Got leaky pipes? Replace them. Shower always dripping when it shouldn’t be? Fix it. You can even get a dehumidifier to get your home’s humidity below 70%. Try and keep your home at a cooler and non-fluctuating temperature if you can, so maybe keep the air conditioner on just that little bit longer. Lastly, we now know that mould needs nutrients to survive, that’s why you should try and keep everything as clean as humanly possible, to starve mould of all nutrients.
Clean Homes & Co. to the rescue!
Obviously, this is where we come in, we deal with mould all the time, we know what it is, what it likes and how to remove it. Call Clean Homes & Co. to prevent mould growth in the first place, and to get rid of it!