Are you or someone in your family struggling with allergies, headache, shortness of breath, fatigue or respiratory irritations? Do you know that all of the above-mentioned conditions can be a result of something that can be found in almost any house in the area… mould? So next time you feel sick remember that your home is probably making you sick… literary!
In fact, not any home in the region is suffering from a mould. Some houses are really well insulated and because of that allergen, mould and bacteria don’t manage to enter the house and settle there for the rest. Unfortunately, this is not the common situations. Most of the homes and their owners suffer from mould, allergens and bacteria a lot and they do not even expect mould to be that unhealthy and harmful. Insulation can also be a bad thing because it can keep allergens and bacteria trapped inside the house and this contributes a lot to the increasing number of people struggling with different skin and respiratory conditions and irritations. The bad news is that allergies can get a chronic disease with time and when their source is left not treated.
Mold is among the major contributors to a number of conditions that put our health and well-being at risk. Mould, as we know, grows in moist conditions and can grow very quickly, often found in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, but also in any other room in the house. It can be found growing on natural materials as well as on paints and plastics. Touching or inhaling the spores of mould can cause mild allergic reactions to asthma attacks. Mould growth is mostly a matter of a season and depending on where you live, a mould is growing the most usually starting in July until early autumn (however, this doesn’t mean that your house and family is not threatened by mould all year round). Because of that managing to maintain your house free of a mould is very, very important. Here are a few places where to track down mold you may miss in your everyday house or office cleaning routine and how to get rid of it:
- Remember that controlling moisture is the first thing you have to pay attention to in order to prevent mould.
- Check the insides of window sills for mould, because it is common to find it there. If you find mould, then wash it away with mild soap and water. If it is possible – reglaze the window for a better seal and make sure that any openings are clean from time to time.
- Air conditioners are another spot where mould can grow freely and because of that air conditioners need frequent maintenance and cleaning to reduce mould growth. Replace the filters as often as recommended and be sure to clean the central unit with mild soap and water, next treated with a mixture of vinegar and water every other month.
- When it comes to cleaning the bathroom from a mould, many people believe that bleach is their best friend when it is really not effective in this situation. Instead of using bleach that cannot remove mould entirely, clean the affected area with soapy water and scrub away with a brush. Reduce moisture by keeping your bathroom well ventilated.
- The place where mould grows the most in the kitchen is under the sink area, so make sure to regularly clean this area with soapy water. Be sure to fix leaks and after washing the area, make sure to keep the doors of the cabinet open until completely dry.
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