Black mould is rumoured to be one of the most dangerous types of mould, supposedly releasing toxic chemicals that are lethal when inhaled. Although most of these claims are not true, you should still bring in professional cleaners to get rid of it as soon as you spot it.
ICE Cleaning is a specialist cleaning company that offers professional mould remediation services. Its technicians can remove it from the surfaces and the air, and significantly improve the air quality in your property.
Read on to hear from the experts why you should never attempt mould removal.
You could put your health at risk
Many types of mould produce allergens and irritants, but some black moulds – e.g., Cladosporium, Alternaria, and Stachybotrys chartarum – also occasionally produce harmful toxins. Most of the time, they are no more hazardous than other forms of mould.
However, non-toxic mould is still very harmful. If you inhale, ingest, or touch it, you could experience an allergic reaction, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a skin rash. Prolonged exposure can cause more serious issues, like organ damage and chronic sinusitis.
Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of exposure, like young children, elderly people, and people with respiratory problems.
When you scrub or wipe mould, you come in much closer contact with the allergens and (potential) toxins. You also might release spores up into the air and could inhale them. Professional cleaners or mold remediation services will have the personal protective equipment to use during the Mold Removal Process to keep themselves safe while removing it.
You probably will not remove all the mould
There are lots of products on the shelves that promise to get rid of the unsightly fungus, but they will probably only tackle the surface mould. You could leave some mould behind which could continue to grow.
It is likely you may just clean the visible mould, too. It can often be found in vents or behind wardrobes, hidden from view. If you don’t tackle these patches, it will continue to grow and spread around your property. That’s why it is crucial to contact professional mold removal and hire them for the services to ensure that every nook and cranny is thoroughly inspected and treated.
Mold removal specialists will have the equipment, products, and knowledge to thoroughly clean the affected area. It might be recommended that you leave mold removal to the experts, but there are some things you can do to prevent it coming back.
How to prevent black mould
• Mould grows in damp, humid conditions, so make sure humidity levels in your property stay below 50%.
• Ventilate your home by opening windows regularly and using extractor fans in the bathroom and kitchen when using them.
• Identify the cause of any humidity or damp in your home, such as leaks, and have them repaired.
• After a flood, have your property dried and cleaned as soon as possible by a flood damage restoration service – mould can start growing within 24 to 48 hours.
ICE Cleaning’s mould cleaners can make your home a safe environment, no matter where it is in the UK. Its Dewpointaccredited technicians are available 365 days a year, 24/7, and can be on site in several hours in an emergency.
You can find out more about its wide range of services here.