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How healthy is your home?

New year brings new health kicks, but how healthy is your home? 

Do you worry about this – I definitely do! 

Especially when I see mould! Yikes! 

Following the indulgence of December, January always inspires you to live healthier, work out more and eat good food. It also always inspires me to have a good look around my home and consider ways to improve it.

 

How healthy is your home?

 

How is your interior coping with the onslaught of weeks of wind and rain?

UK households living with the consequences every day. As global warming predicts wetter weather, we need to be aware of the effects of mould and dampness on our health and how to treat the causes.

If you have mould or damp, it’s important to find out why you have excess moisture in your home. When you know what is causing the damp you can take steps to limit the damage on your property and your families health. 

One effect of damp conditions on the home is condensation. This goes on to cause black mould around windows, window frames and surrounding walls and ceilings.  Not only does it look horrible it can also have huge health implications

 

How mould affects your family’s health: 

Moulds nasty stuff and it can infect your health in a variety of ways…

Respiratory infections- this can start with a cold and quickly develop into something more dangerous such as bronchitis.

Allergies- moulds produce allergens, irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mould spores may cause an allergic reaction including sneezing, constant running nose, red eyes and skin rash. 

Asthma – exposure to allergens will create a weakness to the respiratory system, especially in younger children who could have to live with the longer term consequences of asthma.

It’s definitely something you will want to get rid of!

 

How to treat mould in your home 

To make your home as healthy as possible, prevention is the best strategy especially when dealing with mould.

Here are some top tips: 

  • When you are showering and cooking, ensure you ventilate your home as much as possible by opening a window.
  • Monitor bathrooms and kitchens, where the most moisture accumulates and stop damp damage early, regularly cleaning mould spots before they become a hazard and insulate your home by sealing your windows and doors. E
  • Ensure you monitor humidity in your home and use dehumidifiers in damp rooms such as basements. 

If unnoticed mould can develop quickly, so if you are faced with problematic mould, HG mould remover and HG mould spray are the most effective products to remove the problem from your home. Pop on over to HG who have  compiled some other  techniques to on how to tackle mould:

You could try ….

Baking Soda 

Baking soda has been used as an effective home remedy for cleaning for decades including removing bathroom mould. Dissolve 6 grams of baking soda in 1 litre of hot water. Pour the mixture over the problematic black mould, you then use a brush to wipe the mould clean or simply rinse with clean water.  

 

Vinegar 

Vinegar is also a tried and tested household cleaning remedy which can be used for removing mould from your home. Apply it straight from the bottle undiluted using a cloth or sponge, then leave it to set for a short time and rinse well using warm water. 

 

Diluted bleach 

You can also rid your home of mould by diluting 25 ml of bleach within 1 litre of water then dabbing the solution onto the black mould with a saturated sponge. Keep repeating this method until you have cleared the area of mould. Do not scrub as this can damage the surface of the wall or ceiling. 

 

Read on for more top mould bashing tips! 

If you need more information on how to manage mould in your home check out https://hg.eu/uk/tips/how-to-get-rid-of-mould

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