How to Stop mould and Mildew on Walls, Tile, Grout and Toilets
Moss, mould, mildew and algae are an uninvited and unwelcoming occurrence that affects the appearance of your home; they appear as a small green presence and gradually grows until it covers larger areas; they normally retain humidity and accelerate the ageing process of the walls so it is not only a aesthetic and visual problem; it could become part of an structural issue that could decrease the value of your house and make it more difficult to make a deal if you decide to put your house for sale.
The best preventative method is to deprive them from humidity (vital element for their formation); however, once established the only way to remove them is by using a mold and mildew remover. Once a small area has been affected you must act quickly as it eventually will spread all over the wall and other areas until it covers the whole façade of your home. These vegetable organisms normally come from the immediate environment and reach your property’s walls when it rains.
Is Mildew and Mould Harmful?
Although it might not seem as harmful as it sounds the vegetable properties of moss, algae and others normally trapped moisture and humidity from rainfall and will speed up the damage caused to the paint and plastered surfaces. The problem becomes even bigger when it affects other areas of your house and the reality is that they can be found in grouts, shower doors, counters, curtains, sinks and toilets; preventing mould growth is the best way to protect your home.
What Causes Mold
The areas affected by these presences are normally those with little or no sunlight exposure or where the walls are not protected against humidity; for example, if you have a basement apartment with limited sun exposure you can actually feel the humidity environment; well, your walls are more susceptible to this atmosphere and react by allowing them to grow. The biggest concern about moss, mould, lichens and algae is that they spread quickly, affecting the appearance of your home but in addition to this, its spores penetrate cracks and joints; therefore it is not enough to remove them, you must act quickly and once installed you must take preventative measures. If you are planning to buy a new house, as part of your personal survey you must inspect that the property is free of mould and mildew.
Best Way to Remove Mildew and Mould
The best way to get rid of them is by using a powerful mold and mildew remover; however, you must follow manufacture’s instructions as they tend to act in different ways - if you want to remove them completely you must follow their advice. Generally, the affected areas must be dried and cleaned with a wired brush. The areas less affected can be soaked with the fungicide solution and should be removed with water and the wired brush after the recommended time has elapsed
Most of the products available in the market will provide some protection and prevention against the formation of these presences. A good product is easy to find - just search on Amazon and you will find a variety of products. I have particularly used the Mold Armor Instant Mold and Mildew Stain Remover and have worked effectively in removing mould stains from the bathroom, walls and curtains; ideally to be used on the inside and outside of your property and the effective prevention formula will keep them away for up to two months.