I would rather have mice in the kitchen than mould, because mice are easier to get rid of. Mould, once it sets in, is incredibly difficult to remove. The spores seep into the wall, especially if its damp, so it’ll come back again and again until you sort the underlying problem.
And I haven’t even mentioned the health problems associated with mould. Ugh.
That’s why I think it’s important everyone knows what mould needs to thrive, so you can starve it before it takes hold of your walls.
What mould loves:
Damp. Mould LOVES damp areas. The more moisture the better. If you dry your clothes inside, make sure you get a de-humidifier or at least keep the windows open a lot, otherwise you’re asking for mould down the back of the sofa.
Food. Like anything else, mould needs food in order to thrive. There’s not much you can do about this though, as food is everywhere.
Warmth. Hot, humid locations are best for mould.
Now, this is all good to know…
But if you already have mould, it’s not much help. Just removing the damp isn’t usually enough to get rid of it.
Prevent condensation from building up – at least as much as you can. That means drying clothes outside, leaving windows open for short periods each morning, leaving doors open to help airflow, heating the home more and putting lids over saucepans when boiling water. There’s no point getting rid of mould until you’ve identified what’s causing the damp (you might need a professional to solve this).
DO NOT try to get rid of mould if it covers a large area or if it’s caused by sewage – get someone who knows what they are doing.
Wear goggles, gloves and a mask over your mouth and nose when cleaning ANY mould – you don’t want to inhale the spores.
Use some washing up liquid in water and clean the affected area, then put the cloth into a plastic bag and throw it away immediately.
Hopefully that helps you if you have a mould problem. It’s one of the things I hate the most in the home, but unfortunately I have some personal experience with it!
I’m not an expert though, so you may also want to check out the following video: