When you have an ‘open house’ policy and love regular visits from friends and family, it’s likely to be important to you that your home is clean and tidy (as much as that’s possible if you have kids!).
But help is out there in terms of technology and products to make our life easier. There are plenty of amazing cleaning products that promise to eliminate dirt, grime, and bad odours – and, let’s face it, none of us wants bad odours in our home, especially with guests arriving.
However, sometimes there’s a certain ‘whiff’ that you can’t quite place or account for. And we can’t always blame our teenagers! If you’ve sprayed, vacuumed and polished everywhere, but the smell is still lurking, along with an onerous black substance; there could be another issue to consider. Mould.
So, what is mould anyway?
Mould is a fungus that emits tiny, microscopic spores when reproducing. Fed by dust and food particles; and moist conditions; they float in the air, then find their way onto nearby surfaces. Although often found outside too, the most common place to find mould spores is in your home.
They can be found everywhere. Lurking on and in every surface, such as carpets, walls and anywhere they can find to cling to in your home. Even in your hair and on your pet!
However, their favourite places to colonise are those that are dusty or wet; or both — either forgotten corners and cracks or damp, dew-laden windowsills and leaking pipes.
The spores lie there waiting for the right conditions to grow, multiply and create their havoc. Particular areas to look out for problems are; leaking taps or pipes, and rooms you use to dry your damp clothes.
Once settled, the mould particles become obvious visually, and can also emit a distinct odour. If left to multiply untreated, mould spores can be damaging to your health; although some people are more susceptible to their effect than others. By breathing them in, it’s thought that the effects on some can range from depression to the exacerbation of asthma and allergies.
What can I use to get rid of mould?
Mould can be partially eliminated in several ways – although often, it’s not possible to eliminate all mould spores completely.
However, regular use of home mould removal products and a dehumidifier will go a long way to keep levels low enough that allergies and respiratory symptoms are not triggered.
To clean away mould in the most effective way; remove and dispose of any offending mould contaminated surfaces that are porous – such as carpets, wood or plasterboard – completely.
Use a home mould removal solution. This could be one of the many branded options. Or you could choose to go green and environmentally friendly.
Our favourite natural solutions are:
- Vinegar sprayed straight from the bottle onto the mould doesn’t smell too good, but it works!
- A mix of vinegar and peroxide for non-porous surfaces is a great ‘double whammy’ in the fight against mould. Leave the solution on the area for 10-15 minutes to work its magic, then scrub vigorously to remove the mould.
- Baking soda is a natural disinfectant so used either with water or with the addition of vinegar it can be a great option. Dissolve a few teaspoons into the water or water/vinegar mix for best results.
- A less cost effective, but better smelling alternative is two teaspoons of Tea Tree oil mixed with two cups of water sprayed onto the offending area. This option works well for porous surfaces as the oil soaks in leaving it working for longer.
- Citrus seed extract and water mix is a popular choice too because it’s odourless.
Bleach can also be used but only on non-porous surfaces; it’s not the most environmentally friendly choice, and doesn’t have tge best of smells, but nonetheless, it works.
Whatever you choose, use the solution to clean the area thoroughly. It’s advisable to operate an air purifier while cleaning as this will help to remove spores from the air.
Then once the cleaning process is complete, you will need to dry the area completely to minimise future risk of contamination.
Advanced technology is very effective for fighting mould
Previous technology used units with filters to trap the molecules. But this was only a temporary fix, as the mould molecules were able to lay dormant for months, so they could wait patiently in the filters only to recolonise when the conditions were right.
However, today, more advanced systems can convert the spores into harmless gases and disperse them. In fact, in a way that’s similar to setting light to them!
Also, there are now very advanced air purifiers that help to keep spores to a minimum and prevent them from landing on surfaces in your home.
If you know that you already suffer from the conditions mentioned, and discover mould in your home, then a popular choice would be an air purifier, such as the ionbox from IonPacific because the special filter kills both the source of the problem and the spores by sending an electrical charge to the particles.
Positive ions are molecules or compounds that have an overall positive charge. Current research has shown that positive ions are often associated with harmful compounds that produce detrimental effects on our bodies; mould is one such positively charged harmful molecule.
Originally designed for purifying the air in submarines and therefore too big and clunky to be of use in a domestic environment; research and technology have resulted in smaller, more practical air purifying units that can provide portable negative ions to help combat, amongst other pollutants, mould.
How to win the battle with mould in your home
So, to ensure you can continue to keep your home smelling fresh and mould free (almost!) and your family safe from toxins; we recommend you pair IonBox technology with good old fashioned elbow grease and natural solutions. By using home mould removal products to clean away the mould, and technology to remove the moisture that enables growth in the first place, you could start winning the battle against pungent smelling and unsightly mould in your home.
If you’d like to know more about the amazing mould reducing results you can achieve with the IonBox, contact us now!