It is critical for your health to detect and clean any moulds that have infested your home. Mould is another term that associates with a group of fungi that grows and spreads very easily in domestic conditions. There are various types and they are all harmful to the human body. Depending on the species of fungi, there are various ways to clean your home or office. We have summarised the most common symptoms and allergies in a simple classification to aid you in your quest for a better lifestyle and healthier household.
Non-toxic Moulds and Their Negative Effects
The good news is that most common moulds don’t pose a deadly threat to you. The bad news is that they are still very dangerous and you should invest time and effort in properly cleaning your house. At the end of the article, we have gathered a list of preventing technics and tips how to keep your home clean from fungi. That said non-toxic moulds seriously could harm the human body if it is exposed to them long enough. They can cause:
- Coughing and sneezing
- throat asphyxiation
- Sore eyes
- Dry or irritated skin
- Different types of skin rashes
Clean the Mould Regularly and Don’t Expose Yourself to Toxins
Some moulds can be classified as toxic (Aspergillus, Stachybotrys) and are quite dangerous for both the humans and the animals that live in the home. You should not lightly take the threat that they pose to your health and always use protection when you do a house cleaning. Toxic moulds can cause:
- pulmonary bleeding
- irritation of the skin and eyes
- neurological damage
- internal damage and in some cases bleeding
- skin allergies
- asthma attack
- lung infections
Moulds are especially harmful to people with a low immune system or to those who have autoimmune illnesses. The deadly fungi pose a threat to people with chronic diseases and heart conditions. The simple inconvenience of having black spots in your kitchen or bathroom can quickly escalate to a month stay at the hospital. Stay safe and have a mould check at least every four months and if you see some of the symptoms listed above immediately contact your doctor.
How to Clean and Prevent Mould from Appearing
- Flooding and pipe leakage are the best way to provide the mould with the ideal environment to grow. Be careful and after every big home renovation make sure to properly clean and disinfect your home.
- If you are renovating and painting your home considers using mould inhibitors before placing the paint. Do not paint mouldy surfaces and always make sure that everything is cleaned properly afterwards.
- It is important not to leave wet surfaces and tiles. Water is the fungi’s best friend, that is why you should carefully clean and wipe all the moist.
- Try to provide a fresh airflow in your home. Ventilate all the rooms where water condensation may happen – bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms.
- Stay aware of the humidity levels in your home. If they are above 50 there is a good chance you have a mould colony hidden somewhere in your house.
- You should never mix bleach with other home cleaning detergents. This will result in the creation of toxic fumes. Always wear a mask when dealing with chlorine or ammonia-based substances and follow carefully the instructions on the bottles.