How to prevent and eliminate mildew.

Post 21 August 2012 In Effects of humidity and precautions

Mildew is a serious problem that can affect your home. In most cases the reason for mildew appearing in the home is due to an excess of ambient humidity. Places that are most commonly sources of the formation of mildew include walls, tile grout, spaces behind furniture and inside closets. In extreme situations such as when you have water leakage or flooding mildew may appear in any place in your home. Mildew requires humidity to grow and its spores can float through the air and infect new areas of your home, this is why cleaning and controlling humidity are essential for having a clean and mildew-free home.

If you find a source of mildew you should act as soon as possible to keep the mildew from spreading and posing a possible hazard to your health. The first thing to do is to find the cause to the mildew. If you find mildew in the corners of the walls it is possible that the source is moisture laden air which adheres to colder surfaces and condenses, creating favourable conditions for mildew to grow. This may also be the reason for mildew in the grout in your bathroom or behind furniture. It is also a good idea to look for minor water leaks which may cause mildew to appear. Once you have found the cause of the mildew, the next step it to clean the area. This can be done with water and a bit of detergent on a cloth. Always clean from the top to the bottom so that the places you have cleaned to not get dirty again. You should use two buckets, one for the rag or cloth and one for rinsing the cloth. Mildew and humidity caused by condensation can be controlled very effectively using anti-damp products which can reduce ambient humidity levels to the optimum levels for personal well-being.

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