Dark patches on the walls or blackening grout between the tiles in the bathroom are a nightmare. Mould is generally one of the most frequent reasons for disputes between tenants and landlords.
This article tells you how this unwelcome visitor invades your home and which removal methods are effective; you don’t always have to use a mould remover spray.
Let more air into your home
Mould fungi propagate in the same way as porcini mushrooms or chanterelles – they produce spores. Fungi spores are a natural element of the atmosphere. They enter buildings through open windows and doors, air conditioning units and on our clothing.
The fungi spores need certain conditions to reach the point where they endanger the building fabric or are harmful to the building’s inhabitants. Damp, warm rooms offer the perfect conditions for the fungi. They feed on wallpapers, glue, silicone and carpets, for example.
Buildings that are in need of renovation or damaged are known to be prone to mould infestation. Energy-efficient new homes also promote the build-up of mould. They are fully insulated; the air can therefore not circulate as the windows and walls are airtight. Like under an airtight rain jacket, the moisture builds up and cannot evaporate.
How to get rid of mould
Limit its food sources
Make do without wallpaper, glue and thick layers of wall paint. The next time you renovate your home, remove the wallpaper from the walls. Once they are dry, apply render or a limewash to the walls. This reduces the risk of mould forming.
Healthy living: The right way to air and heat your home
Do not underestimate how much moisture is produced in homes just by living in them. Depending on the size of your household, between ten and thirty litres of steam are produced every day. Most of this is produced by cooking, showering and the human metabolism. This moisture must be expelled from the rooms by airing them properly.
Ideally, you should air your home for around ten minutes at least twice a day. The better the air can circulate, the more effective the airing process. The most effective way to air a room is to open two windows at opposite ends of the room at the same time whilst also opening the door to the room.
Cold winter air is particularly effective. It contains less moisture than warm air. Cold air getting into a building draws a particularly large volume of moisture from the warm air in the rooms.
Pot plants and a healthy room climate
Most people feel that living plants are an essential element for creating a cosy atmosphere in their home. However, you must take good care of your plants to make sure that mould fungi don’t spoil your enjoyment of them.
The damp soil in the pots offers the perfect conditions for mould fungi. You should therefore not water your plants too much, and remove any excess water from the flower pot saucers. Soil that has gone mouldy should be replaced as soon as possible.
The bottom line is: Mould fungi fulfil an important function outdoors, as they break down matter. Unfortunately, they also invade other areas where they can wreak a huge amount of damage. Follow the tips in this article, and you can stop these pesky invaders in their tracks. Good luck!