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Dulux Wash & Wear Kitchen & Bathroom

If you’re painting the Kitchen or Bathroom make sure you try the new Dulux Wash & Wear Kitchen & Bathroom, with its Mouldshield® + Anti-Bacterial technology.

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DULUX PRECISION Stain & Mould Blocker

It blocks stains ensuring they do not migrate through subsequent coats of paint and is ideal for blocking oil, grease & mould stains. Dulux PRECISION Stain & Mould Blocker has been specifically formulated to inhibit mould & mildew growth.

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What’s the best way to remove mould before I paint?

I have noticed some mould in my house. What do I need to do before painting to remove the mould, and how can I avoid the mould coming back?

Mould is a detrimental part to any paint project. Not only is it visually unpleasant, it is quite damaging to our health and will require attention as soon as it is discovered. Below, we will discuss how mould develops, and what you can do to remove and prevent it.

What is mould?

Mould is a type of fungus that grows in the presence of moisture.  It will typically appear on bare and painted surfaces as a dark grey, dark green, black or brown discolouration to your surface.

Mould loves areas that receive little to no sunlight; are damp, wet or moist; or do not have adequate air circulation. The most common rooms for mould to grow in a home are the kitchen, laundry, bathroom or the shady exteriors of your house.

How do I remove mould?

It is important to treat the mould-affected area as soon as it is discovered, as mould is a health hazard to humans. Mould can contribute to respiratory difficulties including sinus problems, asthma and pneumonia; and can also cause or heighten rashes, skin conditions and headaches.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the health hazards associated with mould, it is always important to ensure that you are wearing the appropriate protective equipment including gloves, eye protection and dust mask.

Previously, the common advice for removing mould was to use a household bleach and water mixture on the affected area, however recent studies have found that using bleach does not actually kill and remove the mould; instead, it only bleaches the colour out.    

We recommend using a product like 30 Second Mould Off, which is suitable for use on wood, painted walls, window sills, tiles, tile grout, showers, shower doors and manholes. Follow these simple steps to remove the mould:

  1. Shake the product well and spray generously onto the affected area.
  2. Wait for the product to seep onto the surface. The longer you wait the more the more opportunity the solution has to reach deeper into the surface. Make sure you always read the label for instructions and directions prior to use.
  3. Wipe down the mould-effected area with a damp cloth to remove the excess mould and product.
  4. Your area should now be mould free, however depending on how mouldy the surface was you might choose to repeat this process.

How do I prevent mould from returning?

Note – it is important to ensure the mould has been completely removed from the surface.  Applying a mould-resistant paint will not kill the mould, and will only make the problem worse.

  1. After you have successfully removed the mould from the affected areas, ensure you leave the surface to dry completely before applying fresh paint. You will want to ensure the room is well ventilated prior to starting to paint.
  2. Apply Dulux PRECISION Stain & Mould Blocker to the surface prior to painting to assist in covering any mould stains, and to adequately prep the surface to prevent further mould growth.
  3. Select a paint that features mould resistant properties. For a bedroom, living area, rumpus room, etc.; we recommend Dulux Wash&Wear +Plus Anti-Bac, which has been specifically developed to resist the growth of mould and bacteria, and has a 7 year guarantee against mould growth*.  If you are needing to paint a kitchen, bathroom or laundry use a paint like Dulux Wash&Wear +Plus Kitchen&Bathroom, which features a 10 year guarantee against mould growth*. This paint also has a heard wearing finish for heavily used areas, and is able to withstand the frequent cleaning in a kitchen and bathroom.
  4. Ensure the rooms prone to mould are receiving adequate amounts of natural light, and increase air circulation with lots of fresh air.  Make sure you always a ventilation fan whenever steam is going to be present in a room.

* Please note the effectiveness and guarantee of mould growth will depend on the amount of mould that was on the surface prior to application.

Chat to the team at Inspirations Paint for more expert advice!

Mould is no joke, so if you have any doubts or concerns about mould in your home, have a chat to the team at your local Inspirations Paint store, who will be able to provide you with advice for removing and treating the mould affected area in your home.

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