Mould is something that we never like to think about until we see it on our walls, furniture, ceilings or other organic-based materials. Mould is a form of fungus that feeds on organic matter.

The fungi like to inhabit environments with a lot of heat and moisture. For this reason, people often find mould inside their home after it rains. You may even find mould in your closets or other tight areas of your home where moisture can get trapped and accumulate.

If you don’t remove this mould and reduce the moisture of the environment, the mould spores will spread.

Dangers of Mould

You could find mould on any organic material, such as shoes, sofas and clothes. It will typically appear as black- or white-coloured spots scattered across the material.

If you spend too much time around the mould, you will breathe in too much of its airborne spores. Inhaling mould spores can cause a variety of adverse side effects, including itchy eyes, runny nose, skin irritation, laboured breathing or even more severe allergic reactions in some people.

Someone with a weak immune system can be susceptible to infections from the mould. Clearly, you’ll want to remove mould from any room where you spend a lot of time.

Preventing Mould

The primary way to prevent mould is to reduce the humidity of your indoor environment. Even though you cannot control the moisture on the outside of your home, a dehumidifier lets you reduce the humidity on the inside.

The machine will help eliminate the moisture inside the home and get rid of any musty or mildew odours. Once you reduce the humidity, the mould spores won’t be attracted to the environment.

Another thing you can do to fight mould is turn on your air conditioner, so your home is nice and cool. The lower temperature will give it extra protection against mould spores.

Aside from that, try to purchase clothes, flooring and furniture made from synthetic rather than natural fibres. For example, polyester is a synthetic resin which does not attract mould.

On the other hand, cotton is a natural fibre that does attract mould. So, you would want to choose the polyester over the cotton in this case.

Mould Removal

If you have just a small amount of mould build-up in your home or building inspections Melbourne there are simple steps you can take to remove it yourself.

Take a bucket and mix some vinegar and water inside of it. Dip a microfibre cloth in the solution and then wash away the mouldy area from the organic fabric.

Do not use bleach because that will change the colour of the mould rather than kill it. Essential oils may also leave stains on your fabric too. If you need to purchase some over-the-counter solution, use anti-bacterial wipes which have a disinfectant treatment.

However, there may be a situation where mould has covered a significant portion of the organic fabrics within your environment. For example, if you purchase a fixer-upper home, then you can expect black mould to be found in virtually every room.

Large areas of mould are not something that you’d want to remove yourself with a bunch of anti-bacterial wipes. The air is probably so polluted with the mould spores that you need a professional cleaner to filter it or you’ll never eradicate the fungi.

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