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Mould Removal

  • Mould & Moisture problems in your Home

    Mould & Moisture

    Excess moisture in any home can cause mould, mildew and both wet and dry rot. These can have very serious health effects, ranging from allergies to asthma or pneumonia. Moisture also leads to damage to the main structural elements in a building and might require mould removal.

    Origins of Mould & Moisture

    Moisture in the form of damp and condensation has a variety of causes. It could start as humidity from cooking, showering or washing clothes in unventilated spaces. Leaks in the plumbing, wet footwear and even splashing around sinks and baths can cause damp accumulation.

    Water and humid air can seep through chipped paintwork and building cavities and through the whole of the building structure, including the foundations. If it cannot dry quickly, it can cause structural damage.

    Ventilation

    The best way to control moisture in a home is not to allow it to enter the building in the first place. Any moisture that still manages to enter the building or accumulates there from activities such as cooking and washing should be allowed to escape easily outdoors.

    The simplest method of controlling indoor humidity is ventilation: open a window or use an extractor fan in bathrooms and kitchens.

    Exterior Sealing

    The whole of the building has to be sealed correctly to prevent any moisture from entering from the outside. Do not allow any accumulation of soil to build up against a wall. The ground should slope away from the wall to allow for rainwater run-off.

    Never plant any shrubs close to the foundations, and avoid watering areas of the garden close to the wall. This will also ensure that the walls of a basement remain dry. Make sure that all ventilation bricks in the basement walls are clear of debris. Basement flooding after heavy rainfall should be dried out with a sump pump.

    Any water from down pipes, whether the plumbing or the gutter, should discharge into a drain a few feet away from the house foundations.

    Check the roof and exterior tiling for any defects that may allow water to seep into an attic. The best method is an annual inspection when the gutters are being cleared. A small gap can easily be sealed up with a little caulking. Remember that water entering through a tiny hole can cause a lot of accumulated damage.

    Attic Moisture

    In winter, warm air rising through the home to higher floors and the attic will come into contact with a cold roof and cause condensation. This condensation can start by creating mould growth and intensify to produce a raining effect within the attic.

    As long as the moisture problems in the rest of the house are under control, the attic moisture can be reduced with an air gap between the attic floor and the ceiling of the room below. A properly finished ceiling plastering provides an adequate barrier, together with an anti mold paint additive.

  • How often should you clean your fridge?

    How often should you clean your fridge

     

    `Clean Your Fridge Day` is on November 15th, and it's a good reminder of what we should do more than once a year. Did you know that many fridges contain up to 750 times the level of bacteria considered safe? How many of us really understand the dangers lurking within the cool interior of our fridge? Here are a few to watch out for.

    Mould

    Mould grows easily in door seals and other nooks and crannies. Mould can migrate throughout the fridge, contaminating your food. Products such as Concentrated Fungicidal Mould Remover are a safe and cost- effective way to remove even the blackest mould.

    Temperature

    The ideal fridge temperature is five degrees centigrade or below. Any warmer than this and your food will start to grow mould more quickly. If you notice your fridge is `sweating` and adjusting the temperature has no effect, you may need to buy a new fridge as increased moisture in the fridge creates a breeding ground for mould and bacteria.

    Cross-Contamination

    It is easy to put new items directly into the fridge without wiping the empty fridge first. Bad fridge hygiene habits place you at risk of illness. Any fresh food you put in your unclean fridge is likely to spoil more quickly.

    Fridge Cleaning

    Follow this guide to a cleaner fridge and a healthier you. Your fridge can be switched on or off. Before you start, ensure you have a good selection of cleaners & sanitisers to thoroughly clean and protect your fridge.

    Step 1: Remove all items from the fridge. Tip: pop them in a cool container whilst you clean.

    Step 2: Throw away any out-of-date, mouldy or leaking items. Tip: remember — if in doubt, throw it out!

    Step 3: Take out all shelving and crisper compartments. Tip: to avoid cracking and breaking, put them on the side to warm up before washing in hot water.

    Step 4: Wash and cleanse the shelving and units. Dry them before returning to the fridge.

    Step 5: Wipe the inside of the fridge with a good cleaning solution. Also clean the outside of your fridge, paying attention to the handles. Tip: use a toothbrush to get into any awkward areas.

    Step 6: Wipe each item and return to the fridge.

    Fridge hygiene

    Keep your raw meats and seafood in sealed containers stored at the bottom of your fridge. This prevents juices leaking on to other foodstuffs. Keep food that is to be eaten raw separate from other food. Cheese should be stored in a sealed container. Wash any soil from your vegetables and salads before placing them in the fridge.

    Fridge odour can sometimes be an issue. Milder foods can become contaminated by stronger-smelling foods. To prevent this, check the temperature of your fridge and use a product that will absorb any pungent food odours. You can use the Fridge Fresh Egg, as not only does it indicate when your fridge is at the correct temperature, but it also absorbs food odours, keeping your fridge safe and clean-smelling.

    To keep your fridge clean and germ-free, wipe up any spills as they occur. The quicker you clean it up, the easier it is to remove.

     

  • Mould Removal: Bathroom Tiles

    Mould Removal: Bathroom Tiles

    Conditions For Growth

    With the exception of moisture, in the form of condensation, the conditions required for mould growth are always present in any home. Bathrooms are prone to condensation on cold surfaces such as walls and, particularly if ventilation is inadequate, these surfaces may dry out slowly enough for mould to establish itself.

    Most mould spores need less than 48 hours to take hold and, even if moisture is removed, can lie dormant for long periods. Dormant mould has a dry, powdery appearance, but still looks ugly and can still become an active health hazard once moisture returns. It is fair to say that many moulds are harmless, but it is difficult for the untrained eye to tell the harmless from the harmful.

    Mould Removal from Tiles

    Unfortunately, if mould does grow on your bathroom tiles, before you take steps to prevent it growing again, you need to remove it. Thankfully, many of the mould removal products on the market contain fungicides, but no ammonia, bleach or volatile organic compounds and are suitable for use on bathroom tiles and various other surfaces.

    One such product, known as Mould Away, simply needs to be sprayed on to bathroom tiles and wiped off to remove fungal growth, including black mould. More stubborn mould growth, such as that on the grout between bathroom tiles, may require the product to be applied for a period of time before scrubbing away the mould using a stiff scrubbing brush.

    As mentioned above, mould can re-establish itself within a day or two under the right conditions so, once your bathroom tiles are mould-free, you need to maintain your bathroom to keep them that way. Mould spores thrive in hot, humid conditions, so once you have finished your bath or shower, open the bathroom window and/or the bathroom door and turn on the extractor fan, if you have one, to remove the moisture from the air.

    Mould Removal from Surrounding Walls

    If mould is a problem on painted surfaces, such as your bathroom ceiling, you might like to think about repainting them with fungicidal paint, once you have cleaned away any existing mould. Alternatively, you can buy a fungicidal additive that converts conventional paint, of any colour, into an anti-fungal coating.

  • Revamping your kitchen on a budget

    revamping your kitchen - Checmsol Direct

    The kitchen is the hub and living heart of the home. There is usually a back door into the garden or yard, meaning people tend to come and go, traipsing muddy, dirty footprints across the floor. Food is prepared and cooked here, leading to a variety of spills, stains and accumulations of dirt and grease gathering in the most inaccessible places. No wonder a kitchen quickly starts to look shabby and past its best.

    No matter how grimy and unloved a kitchen appears it is possible to make huge improvements on a very limited budget. Just a lick of paint and some good old-fashioned elbow grease can go a long way to making significant improvements to the look and feel of a previously neglected room.

    Begin your kitchen revamp with a deep clean. A bucket of hot soapy water with a strong disinfectant may be all that is required to get shelves, cupboards and surfaces gleaming, but be prepared for some stubborn areas of grease. Cooking causes a thin film of grease and debris over surrounding surfaces and this may require a specialist grease buster product designed to cut through the grimy coating. Wear rubber gloves to keep skin away from chemicals, apply as directed on the label and rinse away any residue.

    Mould and mildew are particularly unattractive but can be removed using specialist products designed for mould removal. Some small patches of stubborn staining may be harder to remove, particularly if the problem has built up over a long period of time, but a coat of paint will cover all traces and freshen up your kitchen at the same time. To avoid a recurrence of the problem try adding a specialised mould inhibitor to your paint, as this will keep your walls clear of mould spores in the future.

    Choose a paint colour that brightens and lifts your kitchen for maximum impact. Sunny yellows are an instant brightener and can be offset by accessories in accent colours such as red, green and blue for an upbeat mood, or choose chrome and stainless steel for a more industrial look.

    Don’t neglect your kitchen floor when you revamp your kitchen. Dull and dingy floors can be the result of too many layers of polish over the years, so use a good proprietary floor cleaner to strip away the old layers. Once your floor is dry you can add a coat of polish or sealer to restore the shine, but be careful not to allow too many layers to build up in the future to keep it looking new.

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