Damp, condensation and mould

Mould cleaning

The only lasting way of avoiding severe mould is to eliminate the cause of the dampness, which is condensation. However, regular cleaning away of mould is vital. To remove mould:

  • Wipe down walls and window frames with a preparatory mouldicide or fungicidal wash, which carries a Health and Safety Executive approval number. Always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely, which will provide longer-term prevention. Spray containers of mouldicide can be obtained from chemists and retailers, and mould kits can be obtained from specialist suppliers
  • Dry clean mildewed clothes
  • Shampoo carpets. Do not brush or vaccum your carpets as disturbing the mould can increase the risk of distribution of spores, which may cause respiratory problems
  • After treatment, redecorate using a good quality fungicidal paint to help prevent mould. However, this paint is not effective if over-coated with ordinary paints, emulsion or wallpaper. You can also obtain a mouldicide solution additive to mix with the paint
  • When wallpapering, use a paste containing a fungicide to prevent further mould growth