How to remove mould naturally
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How to remove mould naturally!
We are delighted to offer the following Do it your self mould removal and prevention information below!
Our objective here is to provide you with some straight forward and, as importantly, affordable set of steps that will assist you in removing Mould & Mildew and then retard its return.
We are delighted to offer our Essential Shield, 100% Naturally based, Mould Removal and Prevention products to assist you in maintaining a Mould Free – Healthy Home!.
Mould and its risks to health and well being:
There is an increasing awareness that having mould in the home is not only unpleasant, but actually poses a potentially serious impact on our health. Authorities have now rated mould in living and work environments at the same hazardous level as Asbestos – HAZARD 1!
If you, or any member of your family, suffers from asthma, sinus infections, constant feelings of fatigue, on going cold or flu symptoms, memory loss, irritation in the eyes or air ways then it may be time to have a close look at the actual health of your home or may be in the work place! The presence of mould could well be a key contributor to such unwanted health issues!
Whilst there is a good amount of information out there on the health dangers of mould and how best to deal with it in living your environments, the key is to deal with it and then keep it at bay with out the added health threat of exposing your self and family further to dangerous and highly toxic chemicals and pesticides in the process. In some cases the option of employing a professional Mould Remediation company may be simply beyond the budget, then it has to come down to a Do It Your Self situation!
A little bit of effort and the use of the right products can establish and maintain healthy and pleasant living environments and at times a profound impact in reclaiming health and well-being for residents!
Finding the locations of mould:
Mould lives in dark and moist environments. Do a complete check of your home / work place to identify locations where mould is present. This can be done visually and by using you reliable sense of smell. Personal Protection; In the cases where high levels of mould are present always wear gloves, a protective breathing mask and eye protection. Always wash your hands and protective equipment thoroughly after inspecting for mould or undertaking mould removal activities. Remember, mould does not have to be visible to impact on your health. If you can smell it (that musty smell) then you are breathing it in!
Finding the causes of mould:
In most cases mould ingress is caused by either water or moisture ingress into the premises, or poorly ventilated rooms / zones. The objective here is to identify what is actually causing the mould ingress and then rectify it.
Roofing / Gutter / Down Pipe damage / blockages: If you have mould on internal ceiling or upper wall surfaces this is usually either a failure in the roofing or gutters / down pipes. A good way to identify cracks and failures in roofing is, where you are able, pop your head up through the ceiling man hole during the day time and inspect the interior roofing. If you can see day light coming in through the roofing then these locations need to be repaired. Inspect gutters and down pipes and ensure that they are in a good state of repair and free of leaves and waste matter and functioning properly.
A good indicator that gutters and down pipes need attention is when heavy rain is experienced and the gutters over flow. If this is the case clean gutters out and have the down pipes checked and cleared as needed. A simple way to check the function of down pipes is to place a running hose down the down pipe, if it fills up then you need to have it unblocked.
Another common cause of water getting into roof voids is the roofing screws seals / washers being perished. If you have random mould spotting on ceilings this can be caused by the failure of these screw seals. Replace roofing screws.
Plumbing leaks: If you discover mould in a specific location you will find moisture on the surface. In many cases this is caused by a water pipe leak. Such leaks need to be repaired. A common example of this is mould appearing on the walls on the other side of showers.
Poor property drainage: Check to see if you have locations on the ground around the walls or under the home that are remaining unusually damp or are suffering water ponding. This is a good indication that the properties drainage needs attention.
Poor ventilation: Poor ventilation / air flow is a common cause of mould ingress. An excellent example of this is bathrooms and walk in wardrobes. Where mould is present take measures such as installing extraction fans or additional venting to improve air flow in such locations.
Creating a safer work environment in all targeted areas when dealing with mould and mildew;
If you have air conditioning unit/s these can be used to dehumidify problem areas throughout the home. Be sure to check the air conditioning unit/s filters and clean as needed before use.
Ideally, set the air conditioners to dehumidify and run for at least 8 hours continually with all windows and doors shut. In cases where living areas are badly effected with moisture / humidity and you do not have air conditioning, serious consideration should be given to renting a dehumidifier – most local equipment rental companies have there units and they are not that costly to rent – About $55.00 – $65.00 a day. In the case where the use of a dehumidifier is not an option, this next step (Dealing with air born mould) should be undertaken as the alternative and or included in conjunction with the dehumidifying activities.
Dealing with air born mould:
The Essential Shield oil is a special blend of 5 therapeutic grade essential oils – Cinnamon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Clove, this specific combination of essential oils remediates the full spectrum off mould and mildew species. You should diffuse the oils using your essential oil diffusers or burners for about 6-8 hours in the mould impacted locations. Ensure all doors and windows are closed during this diffusing period. You will find that the diffused oils also knock out that unpleasant mould and mildew odour really well.
For the likes of a standard bedroom, use two or three diffusers or burners. This diffusing of the essential oils will treat the air borne mould and mildew and commence the treatment of the all mould impacted surfaces.This step will create a far safer environment in which to undertake the task of actually removing the mould!
If you are using an essential shield oil burner, always place warm to hot water in the burner and then add the essential oils. Do not use cold water. Place about 10 – 15 drops of essential oils into the water of a standard size burner or diffuser. Check diffusers regularly to ensure they do not run dry!
From here on in you should take several personal health protection measures. Whilst you have been living with the mould up until now, the game changes some what when you start disturbing / removing the mould spawns, so it is a really good idea to protect your self by wearing; Gloves, Breathing Mask, and Protective Eye Goggles when you are actually doing the mould removal works. As mentioned before, always wash your hands really well when you have finished mould removal works, change and launder clothes that you wore during the work period!
Vacuuming mould impacted surfaces:
Once you have completed the diffusing of the targeted rooms / zones with the essential oils, where practicable and workable all targeted surfaces should be thoroughly vacuum (Ideally using a HPEA filtered vacuum) It is a great idea to place 3-4 drops of the Essential Shield oil onto the vacuum filter its self before commencing vacuuming. Avoid spilling the oil on the plastic surfaces of the vacuum as it will mark the surfaces of the vacuum. The objective here is to remove as many live mould spawns as possible prior to undertaking the physical cleaning of the mould from the surfaces. If there are surfaces that can not be vacuumed do not be too concerned as they will be dealt with doing the physical surface cleaning.
Cleaning mould from surfaces:
Removing mould at the best of times is not a pleasant task, but adding the additional threats associated with the use and exposure to toxic chemicals can significantly increase the threat to maintaining our health and well being.
The Essential Shield Mr Mould product offers a 100% natural alternative to the traditional chemically based mould and mildew cleaners. Mr Mould is water based, it contains the five essential oils that are in the Essential Shield oil blend (Cinnamon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon and Clove),and a naturally based Coconut surfactant that does the cleaning.
The coconut surfactant is that natural that it is used in many of the naturally based baby hair shampoos!
This remarkable product not only remediates (Kills) the mould and mildew and cleans it from the surface, it also leaves behind a micro fine – non visible treatment on the surfaces that actually retards the return of mould and mildew.
If you are planning on re painting after you have removed the mould, the residual Mr Mould product does not effect the re painting such surfaces. Always allow the product to completely dry before commencing painting.
Important Note: As with any cleaning product, Mr Mould will make floor surfaces very slippery. Take great care of footing while cleaning.
Step by step advice on how to remove mould naturally:
Here we attempt to provide you with information that will assist you in dealing with most of the surfaces you may need to address within your mould removal activities. We strongly suggest that you use new micro fiber mops and or cloths. These are brilliant in that they take off the mould and grime and do not release it back onto the surface.
Removing mould from internally located hard surfaces:
DO NOT spray the Mr. Mould directly onto walls or ceilings, actually apply it to the cleaning cloth or mop and then commence cleaning the targeted surfaces. With heavy soiling of the surface it is a good idea to apply the Mr Mould evenly over the surface and then leave it for several minutes to do its work before removing it, can save you a great deal of muscle power! Usually two passes with the cloth or mop over the surface is enough to remove the mould and clean the surface. Change / rinse cloths regularly in water as they soil up. In the case where you have a bio system its a great idea to rinse cleaning cloths and mops in a bucket and then empty it out side onto the lawn or garden.
Doors, window frames; Using micro fiber cloths, apply the Mr Mould onto the cloth and then clean surfaces, again do not spray surfaces directly.
Glass / Windows; Glass can also have mould growing on it and where it is present it is important to remove it. To remove mould from glass, take the Mr Mould product and dilute it at a ratio of one part product and 9 parts water. Using a micro fiber cloth clean glass down and then finish / polish with a “dry” micro fiber cloth.
Finished timber surfaces; Mr Mould is ideal for removing mould from timber, how ever due to the wide variant of timber finishes on the market, it is very important to do a trial patch on an inconspicuous surface to ensure that there is not going to be an adverse reaction between the product.
Use the same method of cleaning as detailed for the doors, window frames.
Cleaning / treating soft furnishing / curtains and carpets for mould:
The objective here is to remediate the mould and then, as appropriate, clean the fabrics / textiles / floor coverings in the normal manner. Thoroughly vacuum (Ideally using a HPEA filtered vacuum) all targeted surfaces. The ideal product for this is the Essential Shield Mould Fogging product (Link to information and orders here). Shake well and using a fine mist trigger spray bottle, apply a fine / light mist spray over all targeted fabric / textile surfaces. Allow to totally dry and stand for a minimum of 12 hours. There after, as and where the surfaces need to also be cleaned undertake cleaning in the manner that suites the fabrics / textiles.
Special Work Note: Avoid application / over spray on all hard floor surfaces like tiles and timber flooring, it will make them slippery. Cover hard surfaces on the likes of furniture prior to application of the spray. Important Notes: Always do a small trail application of the product on all targeted textiles / fabrics floor coverings to ensure no adverse effects from the product are experienced.
Mould inside roof voids:
This is a bit of a tough one, but can be really important! In cases where water has found its way into the home through cracks / gaps in the roof, it is highly likely that mould has established it’s self in the ceiling and on ceiling structural surfaces. Whilst the ideal way to deal with such locations is to mechanically fine mist fog a naturally based essential oils treatment into all areas of the roof void, we do not recommend that people venture up into their roof voids to undertake such works. This is one area where we very strongly suggest that a professional and suitably experienced handy man or trades person is employed.
Ideally such a trades person should be able to deal with both the repairing / water proofing the cracks / gaps in the roof and repair guttering as may be needed and then undertaking the fogging of the roof void.
Mould in clothing and linen:
In many cases where mould and mildew has found its way into wardrobes and cupboards / draws, clothing may be infested as well.
In general terms mould and mildew in clothing and fabrics can be dealt with by adding about a quarter of a cup of Mr. Mould into your washing machine. This will kill and remove the mould spawns and deodorise the articles! Please check all articles carefully to ensure that such laundering measures are suitable and will not damage the fabrics!
On going mould prevention measures:
There are also several simple steps that you should take to assist in retarding the return of mould in the home: – Undertake all repairs that have been identified as being required
Ventilate the home regularly on fine days, opening all possible windows and external doors. – Where practicable, keep all curtains open allowing sun light in during the day. Where you have dense vegetation close to the premises it is a great idea to either remove or prune down such plants and trees.
During high humidity periods of the year, if you have an air conditioner with a dry – dehumidify mode, run the air conditioner on this setting as much as possible. An ideal time to do this is when you are at work. Ensure you close all windows and doors when doing this. You can also elect to place some of the essential oil blend on some tissues and place them on a small plate and place them on the air intake of your air conditioner. This will provide added protection against air born moulds. It is a really good idea to establish and maintain humidity / moisture absorbers through out the home in known mould risk locations such as wardrobes and bathrooms. These need to be checked regularly and re charged / changed over as needed. –
Diffuse the essential oil blend in your oil burners at least once a week in each room during high mould risk periods of the year. This will significantly assist in controlling air born mould spawns.
Dust control also plays a really important role in controlling mould in the home. As dust settles on surfaces it absorbs moisture creating the ideal environment for mould to set up home. One location that you will find this is on venetian blinds! THE KEY HERE IS TO DUST REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE HOME!
Here are some other naturally powered Essential Shield products that will assist you in retarding mould;
Mould and Odour Blocks
These small cedar timber blocks are charged with the Essential Shield Oil. They are ideal for use in draws, shoes, small storage boxes and sports bags….
Mould and Mildew Defense Canisters
Charged with the Essential Shield Oil! The diffusing oils defend against mould and mildew and remove unwanted odours. Ideals for activation in, Wardrobes, larger storage boxes, vehicles, boat cabins, caravans …..
These hand crafted balsa wood flowers are charged with the Essential Shield oil. They are ideal for deodorising rooms and remediation of air born mould spawns and germs. Rechargeable using the Essential Shield Oil. Always place on a small plate or platter to avoid surface marks from the essential oils! Supplied in pack of three – with 10ml Essential Shield Oil.
How to remove mould naturally – D.I.Y Mould and Mildew Removal and Prevention Information provided by the team at Essential Shield – Queensland Australia