What Are Moulds And Mildew?

mould and mildewThey are often whitish to bluish-green to look at and breed in damp, warm, poorly lighted places. They are distinguished by their unpleasant, musty odour and are held responsible for our damaged, discoloured fabrics. These culprits are known as moulds and mildew.

Moulds and mildew crawl and feed on our draperies, rugs, shower curtains, and almost anything they can get enough food from, for instance, cotton, linen, wood, paper, silk, leather and wool. For this reason, keeping closets, dresser drawers, and basements – anywhere mildew is likely to grow – as clean as possible is essential.

Moulds And Mildew On Carpets

But among the most common breeding grounds of moulds and mildew is our carpet, which is made of cotton and wool fabric, and sometimes damp conditions serve as food that enables these pests to multiply.

The bothersome combination of moulds and mildew on your home carpet can develop into trouble if not addressed immediately and adequately. The unattended soil and dirt can supply enough food for mould to grow when moisture and temperature are proper. Therefore, it is essential to make carpet cleaning a routine.

At the onset of what seems to be mildew stains on your rug, immediate action is crucial to keep them from multiplying. Use a good sponge dipped in a thick, dry soap or detergent to remove these stains. Apply the sponge to the area. Clean with a damp cloth until dry, or hang under the sun or use a fan. Remember that while cleaning your carpet, you should use as little water as possible, avoiding wetting other rug areas since too much moisture can begin to breed unwanted moulds and mildew again.

When cleaned, practice daily carpet maintenance and washing tips to ensure your rug is in its best condition. In certain instances wherein, excessive water gets into the carpet. Such as during floods, and will probably breed moulds and mildew. Therefore, professional cleaning, deodorising and disinfecting your carpet is far better.

How This Affects Your Health

Certain weather conditions supply a fertile breeding ground for moulds and mildew. Besides its damaging effect on your carpet and other household items, knowing its harmful effects on your health is also essential.

Moulds are generally airborne and can spread to other house areas by air travel. These may be inhaled into our lungs and cause health issues. Mamm exposure may cause allergic symptoms like watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. It includes difficulty breathing, itching, wheezing, headache, fatigue, and asthma breakouts.

Other family members in the house may also be more susceptible to moulds—especially youngsters, older people, people with a low immune system, and respiratory problems.

Furthermore, keeping the carpet clean is essential to ensure it is free from moulds and mildew. Because our carpets sometimes serve as crawling mats for our baby and sleep and play areas for our kids. For this reason, it can severely harm the family’s health. These microscopic fungi may sometimes go undetected to the naked eye. Indeed, we believe our carpets are clean and fit for the family. But extended use and exposure to unseen moulds and mildew will harm one’s health.

Indeed, contact us at Steam n Dry Mould and Mildew Removal Auckland. Of course, we have expert training in IICRC standards, the S520 Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation and the IICRC Field Guide for Safety and Health for Disaster Restoration Professionals. Yet, since 1987, we have served in West Auckland, North Shore, East and South Auckland Central City CBD on 0800 783-266.

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South Auckland     09 262 0720                 Hibiscus Coast       09 426 5008



Last updated 30/12/2023 Experienced, researched, and written by  Graeme Stephens


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