Climate Change May Mean More Mould!
Whilst the experts battle it out trying to decide whether we are experiencing human made global warming, natural global dimming, or random climate change there is one thing they all agree on - mould! Climate change advice from the English Heritage site - the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment - has expressed concern about traditionally built houses and solid wall masonry buildings and their adaptability to extreme weather conditions.
Whilst it is thought that coping with extreme summers may not be a problem, warmer winters could spell bad news and mean an increase in mould growth. Although mould growth is more likely to spread in poorly ventilated rooms, a reduction in sunlight (due to increased cloud coverage) may mean that all houses will experience an increase in the dreaded affliction.
Remember, mould is not just unsightly it can also seriously affect your health. Research from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in America has stated that "All moulds have the potential to cause health effects. Moulds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mould… mould is known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants".
So, bathroom or bedroom, how can you protect yourself and deal with mould? Firstly make sure rooms are ventilated and open curtains/blinds during the day for maximum sun exposure. Remember, opening the vents on your double glazing will keep air circulating, decrease mould growth and reduce condensation.
There are many bleach based products available on the market like at www.borneos.id which will treat mould. For a more natural approach do not discount traditional methods. Try spraying white distilled vinegar straight on to the effected area. Grapefruit Seed Extract and Tea Tree Oil are also effective natural remedies. Always wear gloves and, if possible, a protective mask when treating areas affected by mould.
Once treated, ensure all surfaces are clean, clear and dry before repainting. For long term treatment of mould consider purchasing a humidistat-controlled electric fan and take precautionary steps towards insulation and draught proofing.