Breaking the mould

PERSISTENT rain brings with it an even more persistent and smelly problem: mould.

If you can see or smell mould then you need to clean it up fast and the first step is finding the source of the moisture.

"Make sure you have adequate ventilation to dry out those wet areas and then treat the mould and stop the cycle," said Dominic Greene from Southern Cross Hygiene.

The store has been busy selling industrial bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and an eco-friendly product called Orange Squirt, which is made from vegetable-based detergents and orange oil.

Some critics say bleach only makes mould go clear without killing the microflora, which means the mould returns again.

But Mr Greene said bleach does effectively kill spores, but mould will always return unless you eradicate the source of the moisture.

"If you have still have a wet area you are just band-aiding the problem. So they might pressure clean it and treat it but if you haven't eradicated the problem it will still grow back."

Mould in damp buildings can trigger coughing, sneezing, respiratory infections, asthma and allergic conditions.

Mr Greene said that's why people needed to stop mould growth before it took over.

MOULD SOLUTIONS:

Fix the source of moisture (pipe, gutters, shower recess, etc.)

Ventilate your home with fans or de-humidifiers

Affected building materials, such as carpets or drywall, may need to be replaced

Scrub the mould off then disinfect the area using a bleach and water solution or another disinfectant



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