How to get rid of black mould

Lesotho Times - - Property -

ARE you strug­gling with un­sightly black mould in your home?

Ac­cord­ing to Si­mon Trus­sler from Waterproofing Cape Town, black mould is an un­wel­come fun­gus spore that thrives on damp. He says this makes kitchens and bath­rooms a favourite breed­ing ground for this un­wanted vis­i­tor, es­pe­cially if there’s a lack of good ven­ti­la­tion.

Black mould doesn’t just look un­pleas­ant, it can cause sev­eral health is­sues, in­clud­ing res­pi­ra­tory dis­tress, headaches and fa­tigue, he says.

For the sake of your home and your health, it’s best to re­move black mould quickly. Ef­fec­tive mould re­moval is a must for any home­owner.

Si­mon says you might be con­cerned about the cost of black mould treat­ment or even about the toxic chem­i­cals used to get rid of it. But don’t worry - you can get rid of black mould eas­ily and cheaply us­ing a hand­ful of com­mon house­hold items, he says.

Ready to rid your home of mould? Si­mon shares some tips…

Get your equip­ment to­gether Start by gath­er­ing all the tools and ma­te­ri­als you’ll need.

Make sure that you have pro­tec­tive aprons or over­alls, gloves, masks or a res­pi­ra­tor, gog­gles, plas­tic sheet­ing, duct tape and sponges.

Si­mon says you’ll also need a stiff bris­tled brush, spray bot­tle, mild house­hold soap, mould treat­ment agent, and an ex­haust fan and de­hu­mid­i­fier which are both op­tional.

Clear and seal your work­ing area Next, Si­mon says you’ll want to clear ev­ery­thing out of the area you’re work­ing in. Af­ter all, he says you don’t want the mould or the mould treat­ment get­ting on your fur­ni­ture or other items.

If you can, run a de­hu­mid­i­fier for a few hours be­fore you start, to get any ex­cess wa­ter out. You can also point an ex­haust fan at the win­dow to help ex­pel the mould.

Now, seal off your work­ing area. He says cover vents or doors with plas­tic sheet­ing held on by duct tape to pre­vent mould spread­ing to other rooms.

Pro­tect your­self “Black mould is toxic, so it’s im­por­tant that you pro­tect your­self when treat­ing it. Wear old clothes and cover them with pro­tec­tive aprons or over­alls. Shield your eyes with gog­gles.”

Si­mon says get gloves to cover your hands and a mask or ven­ti­la­tor to stop you breath­ing the mould in. You can also wear a shower cap to pro­tect your hair, he says.

Spray the mould with wa­ter Ac­cord­ing to Si­mon, if any of the mould is dried on, spray it with wa­ter be­fore you start. He says scrap­ing off dry mould re­leases it into the air and makes it easy for it to spread. It’s bet­ter to spray it with wa­ter first and treat it while damp.

Clean with soap and wa­ter Start by clean­ing mouldy ar­eas with warm soapy wa­ter. Use a stiff bris­tled brush to work the soapy wa­ter into the mould, scrub­bing gen­tly as you go. Throw out sponges or any other por­ous ma­te­ri­als that you use while clean­ing mould.

Ap­ply a mould treat­ment agent Si­mon says you can buy mould treat­ment agents at any hard­ware store, but many of them con­tain harsh chem­i­cals. Al­ter­na­tively, he says tackle the mould us­ing one of these cheap and eas­ily avail­able house­hold so­lu­tions:

Tea tree oil is one of the best home mould reme­dies there is, and it’s cheap, too. A 10ml bot­tle will cost around R70 to R80, but will last for ages. Make sure you buy a good qual­ity nat­u­ral tea tree oil as syn­thetic scented oils don’t work for mould re­moval. Si­mon says mix one tea­spoon of tea tree oil with one cup of wa­ter in a spray bot­tle and spray the af­fected area. You don’t need to rinse af­ter.

Bo­rax is par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive on tiles and hard shower screens, though it can be used for walls and ceil­ings too. Dis­solve 1 cup of bo­rax in 1 gal­lon of hot wa­ter, then pour the so­lu­tion into a spray bot­tle and ap­ply it to the af­fected area, says Si­mon. Leave it for ten min­utes be­fore wip­ing the mould off. You don’t need to rinse af­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to Si­mon, vine­gar is com­pletely safe and ef­fec­tive. He says it’s also cheap – you can get a cou­ple of litres for around R20. Pour this into a spray bot­tle and spray it di­rectly onto the mould. If the smell both­ers you, Si­mon says add a few drops of es­sen­tial oil to mask it, and rinse the area af­ter treat­ment to get rid of the vine­gar smell.

Bleach works well for small patches of mould on hard sur­faces. He says add a cup of bleach to a gal­lon of warm wa­ter and wipe the af­fected area thor­oughly. Si­mon says you don’t need to rinse af­ter us­ing bleach, but it’s im­por­tant to make sure the area is dry af­ter treat­ment.

Don’t let black mould threaten your home and fam­ily’s health. Try out one of these cheap and ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to kill black mould. — Prop­erty24

Get gloves to cover your hands and a mask or ven­ti­la­tor to stop you breath­ing the mould in.

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