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Three Steps to Treat and Eliminate Condensation Related Mould from your Home

Three Steps To Remove Mould.

How to treat mould! Eradicate mould from your home or property portfolio.

Step one: TREAT THE MOULD

Before treating any mould issues a word of caution; mould can cause health problems and allergic reactions. Protective gear should always be used to avoid any direct contact with mould spores. Make sure the room is well ventilated, open a window or use a fan. Protective eye wear, face mask and gloves should be worn at all times. If in any doubt seek professional help.

  1.  Follow the manufacturers instructions and apply a mould removal chemical like RLT Bactdet 05 which is used to kill and clean mould. Do not use bleach or other cleaning products, this does not kill the mould spore. The most effective treatment products contain RLT Halophen, which penetrates into the substrate to kill the roots and form a fungicidal barrier. Our RLT Mould Treatment packs are used for treating medium to severe mould contamination and include all chemicals required along with protective gear.
  2. Once the treatment has been applied use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the blackened area.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

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Step two: APPLY A MOULD RESISTENT PAINT

Mould resistant paints contain a fungicidal additive to help prevent future mould growth. You can buy a separate additive to put into your emulsion or alternatively use a pre-mixed version. Our RLT Mould Treatment Pack contains an fungicidal additive that can be incorporated into your paint, or wallpaper paste, ready for decorating. Just paint or paper the wall as you would normally.

Where Should I Use Anti-Mould Paint?

Mould resistant paint should be applied in areas where there are high levels of moisture and condensation. Typical areas include kitchens and bathrooms where large amounts of steam are produced through cooking and bathing. It is benefical to apply the paint to any room that has low ventilation. Poor air circulation increases the risk of condensation forming on surfaces which can contribute to the development of mould.

Anti-mould paint should only be applied to dry, mould free areas. Make sure you have properly treated and removed all existing mould before you start using mould resistant paint. Please note that while anti-mould paint is an excellent preventative measure you should also look at reducing the causes of condensation as well, otherwise you may see some reoccurence of mould growth.

Step 3: VENTILATE & REDUCE MOISTURE

Ventilation is needed to let your home expell moisture. Make sure all air bricks are kept clear. Leave windows open a little when you are drying clothes, cooking or bathing. In areas like the kitchen and bathroom extractor fans should be used. Check these are functioning effectively. A home can be well ventilated without loosing much heat from your property.

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When using the kitchen or bathroom keep doors shut to stop steam moving into other rooms which may be colder and therefore will produce condensation. A good tip is to use draft excluders to reduce moisture going into other areas of the house. You want the moist air to escape through open windows, ventilation bricks and extractors. Its is also important to leave space between furnishings and walls to allow air to move freely. If you have new PVC windows they should have trickle ventilators which are ideal for helping remove moisture when blinds and curtains are shut at night. Keep your curtains open when possible to improve air circulation.

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