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