ELIMINATE THE GROWTH SPOTS
Mould can be removed without professional help but if it covers a large area of your home, call in the experts.
Cleaning mould can be dangerous to your health. Always wear protective clothing and a mask.
If you are going to clean mould yourself do not dry brush the area as this may release mould spores into the air which can spread throughout the property.
Areas affected by mould should be washed down with a solution of 20 per cent water and 80 per cent white vinegar (best used from a spray bottle). Clove oil has also been effective but it is potent so add only a little to a litre of water. Bleach has a high pH so it only whitens the mould spores rather than killing them.
When cleaning walls/surfaces a “two-bucket” approach is most efficient: use one bucket for rinse water and the other for the water/vinegar solution.
If carpets, soft furnishings and other absorbent items are affected by mould you may need to have them professionally cleaned. Some items will need to be discarded or replaced.
There are products to help the problem. One is Rust-Oleum’s new Mould Stop primer paint. It is a water-based primer that can be used on non-porous interior and exterior surfaces. Available from Bunnings and independent paint stores, RRP $34.