Have you noticed mould beginning to appear on the ceiling of your home? If you catch it early, it can be an easy fix. Removing mould from your ceiling is fairly similar to removing it from other areas of your house. You’ll use the same solution with a slightly different technique and of course, you’ll need to be extremely careful when on a ladder! Before beginning the removal, process there is a few important steps to follow, keep reading to learn what they are to ensure you’re removing mould from your ceiling effectively.
Do I Have to Remove the Mould from my Ceiling?
The short answer is YES! Mould can have detrimental impacts on not only the structural integrity of your home but also the health of those living there. Mould is a quick-growing fungus that spreads through airborne spores. Once it begins growing in one area, it can begin reproducing in less than 24 hours, attaching to other areas in your home. It slowly eats away at porous surfaces, such as plaster and wood, weakening the area over time.
Not only does it affect the structure of your home, but as it’s an airborne fungus it also can affect your health. When the spores are floating through the air, they can easily make their way into the respiratory systems of those living in the house. This can cause allergies such as sneezing and watery eyes, make it difficult to breathe, trigger asthmatics or even turn into respiratory infections. It doesn’t matter whether you can remove the mould yourself or need a bit of extra help from the professionals, as long as it gets done!
Step 1: Figuring Out the Cause of the Mould
The first step to eliminating the mould is addressing what is causing the mould. The most common causes of mould are:
- Poor ventilation
- Water damage
- Limited natural light
If water damage is the cause of the mould, that is something you need to get fixed immediately to prevent further damage. When it comes to water damage around your ceiling it’s important to check there are no holes in your roof or leaking pipes. Once you’re sure water damage isn’t the cause, it’s time to evaluate the space.
Mould thrives in poorly ventilated spaces that don’t have much access to natural light. In some places, it’s hard to increase natural light but making sure window curtains are open daily can make a positive impact when limiting mould growth. When it comes to ventilation, simply leaving the door to the room open or opening a window slightly can stop mould growth in the first place.
Step 2: Create Your Solution
The first thing people tend to grab when looking to remove mould is bleach. Bleach can be a harmful chemical, particularly when it comes to your health. We recommend trying a more natural solution created from just vinegar and water. Vinegar is a versatile product that the majority of people already have in their homes. If you’re thinking you need to use something stronger such as bleach, it could be a signal that you need to call in mould removal professionals.
To create your solution to remove mould from your ceiling all you need to do is mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. It’s as easy as that! Now that we’ve got the solution ready to go, it’s time to get into removing the mould from the ceiling.
Step 3: Remove Mould from Ceiling
In this part, you need to be careful completely. When using a ladder, it’s important to follow all of the necessary safety precautions, particularly having someone hold the ladder for you whilst you’re using it. To remove the mould from the ceiling you’re going to want to start by soaking a microfibre cloth in your solution. When you pull it out you want to wring out all the excess solution. You should be able to wipe this cloth over the area affected by mould in circular motions and it should come off easily without too much effort. Once you’ve removed the mould, wet a clean cloth, and remove the excess solution before drying the area.
What To Do If the Solution Doesn’t Work
If this simple solution doesn’t work, you don’t need to immediately run out and buy numerous mould removals from your local supermarket. Store-bought mould removers don’t typically work that well, so if the mould isn’t being removed with the vinegar solution it may just mean you need more help.
Our team of mould removal experts are only ever one call away. Not only do we have years of experience removing mould from all sorts of locations, but we also have access to commercial-grade products and equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Whether it’s only a small amount of mould in one room, a mould infestation spread throughout the entire home or even the water damage causing the mould, we can help.
Make your home safe again, contact our mould removal experts for more information today.