Cleaning tips for small mould issues
Techniques for cleaning surface mould
Surface mould can grow in just about any damp location, such as on the grout lines of a ceramic tiled shower or around shower bases. It is easy to scrub off with a mixture comprising half a cup of bleach, three litres of water and a little detergent. The bleach in the mixture kills the mould and the detergent helps lift it off the surface so you can rinse it away.
You can also buy mould and mildew cleaner at hardware stores, paint stores and most home centres.
Even for simple mould cleaning, you should always protect yourself from contact with the mould and the bleach solution by wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, plastic or rubber gloves and goggles.
If the mould is not removed by light scrubbing, reapply the cleaning mixture and let it sit for a minute or two. Then lightly scrub again.
Seal the clean surfaces when they are thoroughly dry to slow future moisture penetration by applying a grout sealer (available in tile shops and home centres) to the tile joints
Dispose of any sponges or rags used to clean the mould. It is best to double-bag any mould-contaminated items and remove them from your home entirely.
DO NOT mix ammonia or any detergent containing ammonia with bleach. The combination forms a poisonous gas.
The above cleaning tips are suitable for small mould contaminations that you may find in your bathroom or laundry. However, the real issue is to find out why the mould is growing in the first place. Mould needs moisture to live. Remove the moisture source and you will reduce the chance of mould regrowing.
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