You may be looking for ways of natural mould removal because you are concerned of nasty chemicals. And so you should. There are a lot of mould cleaning products on the market which does not only harm the mould, but it can also harm you.
However, after reading this article you should understand that the aim is not natural mould removal as such. The aim is to remove the mould properly and safely so it does not come back. Regardless, all of our mould removal methods use natural mould removal chemicals. Let’s have a look at the 4 steps below:
- Inspect your property. Correct the source of the mould contamination
The common causes of mould growth are water leaks from pipes, roof leaks, condensation on cold concrete floors, damp basement, humidity, and poor ventilation.
It is important to correct the source of the mould otherwise the mould may come back again after the property has been remediated. So, make sure you fix that leaky roof or dry that wet wall cavity.
- Contain the environment and Use Personal Protective Equipment
Make sure you’re protecting your health during the remediation . Wear a HEPA filtered mask with a carbon filter to prevent you from inhaling any toxins.
Also It is important to use containment to contain the mould spores during the remediation. The mould spores can spread throughout the property as it is being wiped off the wall. This can create even more damage. You can purchase containment barrier sheets and frames from your hardware store, you can also make it yourself. See picture to the right of an example.
- Hepa Vacuum the mould
To control the effects that mould is going to have during the remediation, you need to firstly vacuum the surfaces using a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner. Unlike ordinary vacuum cleaners, a HEPA vacuum has 2nd stage filtration system that is High Efficiency Particulate Air filter which means all of the spores will be trapped in the vacuum cleaner and will not be redistributed around the house. This is a very important aspect in preventing cross contamination.
- Treat the area
To treat the mould, you need to wear gloves, and a face mask. Use a microfibre cloth to wipe the area with white vinegar solution (diluted with 30% water) and then leave it to dry.
Although essential oils (rosemary, cinnamon, tea tree and oregano) have antifungal properties that kill fungi, using these to treat the mould is not recommended. Since 70% of mould spores are already dead, this means the fungi are dead and killing the fungi in mould is irrelevant.
Removing the mould starts with immediate detection and careful inspection. You must firstly, correct the source of mould in order to prevent larger damage in your property. If you can remove the mould by yourself, make sure you use personal protective equipment such as a face mask and gloves, and use a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to limit the amount of spores dissemination around the house.