How to remove mould once and for all

It’s as big a mystery as the Bermuda Triangle. We’ve all seen it at some stage in our lives, but why it’s there and why we can’t get rid of it (in some cases) remains a mystery.

Yes, I’m talking about mould – and in case you didn’t know, it’s bad for you.

I spoke to Shaun Primmer from Ventilate Your Home about how to clean mould and what you should do if you discover mould in your house.

Removing mould from walls in your home will guarantee a happier and healthier household. Picture: Getty

What is mould?

Mould is part of a group of common organisms called fungi. It comes in many forms but is typically white, green, grey or black. Mould spores generate in moist, damp, humid conditions and live off the proteins from timber, leather, ceilings and walls.

The spores tend to germinate in the sub-floor area and evaporate up into homes where there is high moisture content. Mould thrives in damp, dark areas. That’s why you can often find it in cupboards, behind furniture and on the underside of dresser drawers.

Read more: 5 eco-friendly cleaning products for the sustainable home

How can I remove mould from my home?

  1. Try to locate where the source of the problem is. Mould can generate in many ways, so make a list of what causes moisture in your home.
  2. Speak to an expert and assess how bad the problem is. Do you need to get a professional in to clean and remove the mould?
  3. Look to eliminate the problem for good by using preventative measures such as sub-floor ventilation systems and moisture barriers.

What kills mould?

If killed, mould fragments into toxic particles and can be more harmful to your health than living mould. Aim to dispose of mouldy porous materials – and for non-porous materials, use some mild detergent and a little elbow grease to work it away.

What kills mould? For non-porous materials, use some mild detergent and a little elbow grease to work it away. Picture: Getty

How do I get rid of mould in the bathroom?

Firstly establish where the mould in your bathroom is and the damp areas and try to eliminate or ventilate the moisture. Mould is an environmental problem so you need to alter the environment in which its breeding. Make sure you have adequate ventilation in the sub-floor of your bathroom.

Read more: How to deal with bathroom condensation

To remove mould in bathrooms, try running your exhaust fan for longer to get rid of the excess moisture in the air. If your fan is venting into the ceiling space, call a handyman to install a flue (a duct for conveying exhaust gases to the outdoors). It’s far more effective to have the bathroom fan exhausting to the atmosphere rather than your roof space.

Call a handyman to install a flue out through your actual roof. Picture: Getty

Any tips for getting rid of mould for renters?

If you’re renting and your home has mould, immediately advise your landlord in writing. Do some research and try to understand where you’re introducing moisture into your home, then work backwards to eliminate it. For example, is it mould in the bathroom, or do you need to get rid of black mould on walls? Understanding what causes mould to grow will help prevent the problem from reoccurring.

How else can I prevent mould in my house?

Air purifiers are devices that filter the air and help keep a house dry. They’re usually quite costly options but If required are well worth the investment.

Read more: Spring cleaning hacks: 5 jobs you need to tackle now

This article was originally published as How to remove mould once and for all by and is written by Dean Ipaviz.