Few things are as unsightly as mould in your home. Mould, however, is more than just something that’s unpleasant to behold. They also happen to pose a threat not just to the structure of your home, but also to the health of everyone in your household. When inhaled, mold spores can worsen allergies and even lead to severe respiratory issues. That’s why when you see mould, you should immediately do what you can to eliminate it.
Mould can grow anywhere humid and damp, and your windowsills could be one of those spots. If there is mould growth on the windows of your house that you’d like to eliminate immediately, here are some tips we hope would be useful.
Protect yourself and your floors before cleaning up mould
It’s extremely important to don protection before cleaning up the mould growth in your windows. Contact with mould spores can be dangerous so always wear rubber gloves and a dust mask. Your floors should also be protected from falling mould spores, which could spread if you don’t do anything about it. Placing a plastic tarp under the windowsills should do the job.
Open your windows as you’re cleaning
Aside from letting fresh air in, keeping the windows open as you’re working to remove the spores also gives you enough room for the spores to fall outside your windows. That way, they won’t be getting on the walls and floors near the windowsill, and you’ll be left with less to clean up as well.
Clean windowsills with a homemade cleaning solution
There are two kinds of homemade cleaning solutions you can go with when cleaning mould off your windowsills. One is a mixture of one part bleach and three parts water, while the other would be three teaspoons of tea tree oil mixed with 2 cups of water. Or, you can just use pure white vinegar for the job. Whatever you choose to use, just it into a spray bottle, spray it directly to the patches of mould, and scrub with a nylon brush until the mould is removed.
Use sandpaper to remove any remaining mould
When the windowsill has dried and there’s still mould stains remaining, you can use sandpaper to remove them once and for all. However, if your windowsills are painted and you have to sand the remaining mould stains off, just be ready to prime the windowsill and repaint them.
Prevent mould from coming back
While making your home completely free of mould for any given period of time is virtually impossible, preventing mould growth is totally doable. To keep mould from thriving, keep things around the house dry. As mentioned above, mould thrives in damp places. Have leaking pipes repaired by plumbing professionals, and any gaps in doors and windows should be sealed with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent rain (and therefore moisture) from entering the home.
Hopefully, these tips can help your deal with mould on your windows, or wherever they may have thrived within your home. If leaky pipes are the cause of your mould problem, have them fixed as soon as possible by professional plumbers. Just give us a call at Beez Neez Plumbing and we can help you get rid of your mould problem for good.