Keeping Your Home Mould Free

mould free

Keeping Your Home Mould Free

mould free

Keeping your home mould free is one of the simplest things you can do for the health of you and your family. Mould presence in and around the home is an increasing concern for Australian households and their families. Especially relevant with the recent deluge of wet weather and flooding that has been experienced across large parts of the country.

Mould can grow easily on indoor and outdoor surfaces and can spread quickly if not kept under control. It’s generally caused by a lack of ventilation, damp or moist air and surfaces or water damage.

So why is mould growth such a problem?

Not only is it pesky and invasive but it can have serious consequences for the health of you and your children. I have previously explored The Hidden Dangers of Mould Illness in this article, but mould exposure can have negative and lingering effects on your immunity, mood, sleep, cognition and more! That’s why it is essential to reduce mould occurrence and accumulation within your home.

Tips for maintaining a healthy mould free home

It might sound cliche, but the best way to tackle mould is through prevention. With the key concepts of ventilation, sunlight and hygiene.

Some recommendations for maintaining a mould-free home include:

  • Increase ventilation through the entire house including unoccupied rooms (through the use of fans and windows).
  • Increase sunlight flowing into the home where possible.
  • Reduce pet exposure to carpets and soft furnishings.
  • Clean up any leaks and spills when they occur.
  • Reduce clutter and minimise surfaces for dust exposure.
  • Implement a “shoes off” policy – unfortunately, your shoes go with you everywhere and are frequent carriers of microbes and dirt into the home.
  • Avoid air-drying clothes inside the home.
  • Where possible opt for non-porous (fabric) window coverings and blinds.
  • Utilise open windows and doors to encourage airflow throughout your home – it is recommended that a complete replacement of air is made every 2 hours.
  • Vacuum floors and surfaces regularly. Carpets and rugs should be vacuumed slowly (for around 3 minutes per square meter), moving each way several times.

Bedrooms

  • Ventilate well and allow airflow through open doors and windows and a fan or air conditioner if possible.
  • Choose beds with a raised bed frame to allow for airflow under and around the mattress.
  • The bedding should be washed regularly (weekly) in hot water.
  • Vacuum your mattress once per week.
  • Allow your pillowcases and other bedding to air out in the sun at least monthly.

Bathroom

  • Make sure towels are hung up properly so that they can properly dry out.
  • Clean drains regularly – you’ll be amazed at how much hair and dust accumulates there.
  • Try and ventilate the room regularly if possible.
  • Bathrooms are often quite dark with limited windows but if possible try and allow sunlight to flow in.
  • Always use your extractor fan and leave running if heat and moisture are still visible.
  • It’s important to note that while mould that occurs in grout can be cleaned, any that appears in silicone can not. This needs to be removed and replaced.
  • Looking for an effective way to clean the grout? a 1:1 dish liquid and bicarb solution (or trusty gumption) scrubbed with an old toothbrush does the trick!

Kitchen & Living

  • Remove rubbish (from bins) daily.
  • Avoid leaving food scraps out on countertops.
  • Don’t let dishes sit in the sink, the old adage “clean up as you go” is paramount!
  • That extractor fan above your cooktop is not just for appearances, turn it on every time you cook.
  • If you use a dishwasher, leave the door ajar between washes to help it dry out properly.
  • Clean you dishwasher filter regularly with vinegar.

Laundry

  • Wipe down any excess moisture from the seal and door of your washing machine on a weekly basis.
  • Turn off the wall taps to the washing machine between uses.
  • Make sure your dryer is well ventilated, ideally with a duct dryer or condenser to the outside.

Next steps

A good quality vacuum cleaner can make a huge difference to your ability to tackle dust and other microbes in your home, especially if you have pets and young children. If you are looking for advice on what to look for in a vacuum you can read these reviews.

If you are interested in finding out more about How to Detox Your Home read this article. Have specific questions about what to do with mould or how to treat suspected mould illness? Why not get in touch to discuss today.

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