No-one wants black mould in their home. It’s unsightly and isn’t good for the health of your household. Plus, it can also cause long-term problems in your property.
If you want to get rid of the black mould in your home but aren’t sure where to start, we can help. We’ve come up with 3 simple steps to help you remove black mould from your property.
Step 1: Prevent future black mould growth
When preparing to remove black mould from your home, your first thought would probably be to get rid of what’s already there. But before you do this, it’s a good idea to work out what’s causing the mould growth and to try and prevent it from happening. Otherwise, when you remove it, it’ll simply grow back.
Black mould thrives in humid conditions. So if you want to prevent black mould growth, you need to reduce the humidity levels in your home. You can easily do this by:
- Ventiliating – try to keep windows open (just an inch or two) as much of the time as possible, even in winter
- Heating your home – this will encourage water to evaporate into the air, which you can then let out through the window
- Avoiding drying washing indoors – this will add to the amount of water in the air, which could condensate onto surfaces. Instead, dry clothes outside or use a tumble dryer
- Getting a dehumidifier – if you don’t want to do one or any of the above things, get a dehumidifier to reduce your home’s humidity.
Step 2: Find the black mould
Once you’ve got your home’s humidity levels under control, you can go mould hunting. You’ve probably noticed some already, but if you want to remove mould from your home you should try to treat as much of it as possible all in one go.
The most common places to find mould are in bathrooms, particularly in grouting, and on and around windows. Any other areas that get particularly cold might also accumulate mould.
Step 3: Tackle the black mould
Once you’ve found the black mould, you can tackle it. To do this you need a suitable cleaning product. Never try to scrape black mould off a surface – this will release spores and dust that, if breathed in, can cause respiratory problems.
Probably the best product to use is some kind of mould and mildew remover. These are great because they attack the mould and bleach it to remove any black staining. You could also use diluted bleach, but this can be a bit labour intensive and damage paintwork.
Whatever product you use, make sure you’re equipped with some rubber gloves and are in a well-ventilated space.
In most cases, dehumidifying your home and treating your black mould should prevent any regrowth. But if it keeps coming back, it could be a sign that your home has a damp problem. Fill in our form to get in touch with up to 4 damp proofing specialists, who can give you some advice.