Be sure to tackle an­noy­ing and un­sightly mould spots

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - HOMES & DIY -

IT’S a sim­ple but very cost sav­ing way of en­sur­ing your home stays cosy this win­ter. If you don’t do this job now you’re likely to forget it once the mild weather van­ishes and you sud­denly find your­self sit­ting in a drafty liv­ing room on a cold win­ter’s night.

Cold and drafty breezes through win­dows and doors are an ut­ter tor­ment this time of year and I bet you’ve promised your­self a thou­sand times in the past to fix that breeze in the win­dow. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Drafty win­dows and doors rank in the Top 5 most com­mon DIY com­plaints which is why au­tumn is the time to take this THIS is one of the most ob­vi­ous jobs that needs do­ing yet also one of the eas­i­est to rem­edy. We tend to open our win­dows less in win­ter­time (for ob­vi­ous rea­sons!) so bath­rooms, in par­tic­u­lar, tend to be a holiday re­sort for pesky mould which builds up around shower tiles and bath­room tiles, gen­er­ally.

This prob­lem man­i­fests it­self by way of an or­ange-like mould which forms in be­tween tiles. It’s un­sightly if left out of con­trol, while mois­ture will con­tinue to seep be­tween the tiles the more the grout erodes. Get to the lo­cal DIY shop and ask where the grout pens are. In less than five min­utes you’ll have those tiles you paid job by the scruff of the neck. It’s sim­ple re­ally as all you have to do is run the back of your hand along the win­dow frame and the seal joint where win­dows open and close. Once you have felt a breeze, mark with a piece of sticky tape.

Now get a sil­i­cone gun and fill the gaps us­ing a thin line of clear sil­i­cone. Have a cup of warm wa­ter nearby to clean your fin­gers in- be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions. Job done. Sil­i­cone can be messy if you’re not used to it so keep your good clothes and ex­pen­sive fur­ni­ture well clear. For a job that costs less than € 10 and takes all of 20 min­utes, the ben­e­fits far out­weigh the ef­fort. Bye, bye pesky breeze! a pretty penny for look­ing new again.

Mould is also dan­ger­ous as the spores can cause res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems. If mould is a prob­lem in your home it needs to be tack­led. Check for leaks in win­dows, ra­di­a­tors, shower trays, and around bath­room sinks. These ar­eas could well be the cause where mould spots are present. Also, ev­ery few years you should re-seal the base of shower trays and win­dows as this is where mois­ture builds. It is also vi­tally im­por­tant that vents are kept free. Aer­at­ing rooms is very im­por­tant as the air flow of rooms, es­pe­cially bed­rooms and bath­rooms, must be con­stantly cir­cu­lat­ing.

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