How Do We Stop Mold? (Part #2)
As we’ve seen in our first Mold Series article, mould is a relentless, tenacious organism. It doesn’t require very much to grow and, particularly amidst our humid, tropical climate, finds it very easy to thrive.
If left unchecked, mold can have detrimental effects to our health and comfort.
What then can be done to stop mold, these entities with a Bear Grylls-esque resilience? How do we deprive it of the ingredients necessary for its survival?
That’s right; we’re taking. Mold. Down.
The short and sweet answer, is simply to use gush air-purifying paint! But this article aims to dive into the details and outline the main processes involved. Hopefully by the end, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to not only get rid of mold, but make sure it doesn’t come back.
Clear Existing Mold First.
The trick to stop moldy walls, is to first remove the existing mold. Like any self-respecting microorganism, you only need a single spore to grow, before you suddenly find it’s come back with a vengeance. There are various means and methods to do this, depending on the severity of the molding.
If it’s a light colour and looks powdery, chances are its mildew, a type of mold. These can be easily removed with some cleaning detergent. Most supermarkets also sell mold removal sprays that are effective as well. If you’ve got the ingredients at home already, you can also try a mixture of bleach and water.
No more Mister Fun-gi.
Then it’s simply applying and wiping. You might need to scrub for stubborn molding stains that have had plenty of time to grow into the surface. But remember to wear a mask before scrubbing, as you don’t want loose spores flying into your nose and mouth while you clean.
If the mold is black, or doesn’t come off with these methods, you’ll need to get professional treatment. These can come via machine aerosols, ionizing treatments, or more intensive chemical formulations. These are more costly, but it’s worth the price if you want a living environment that’s safe and healthy.
A coat of sealer will protect your surfaces, inside and out.
Seal it with sealer.
Now your surfaces have been cleansed and purified of mold, it’s time to cover the surface with a protective layer of sealer. This coat serves two functions. It keeps mold and other microscopic entities from penetrating into the surface. It also makes sure that any lingering fungal spores still embedded within the surface will be trapped. They can’t get any moisture, and so they can’t grow.
If you don’t want to paint, you can use anti-mold sprays that are available in the market instead. But if you’ve gone to the trouble of cleaning your walls up, why not make them even more stunning with some new colours?
A new colour adds a dynamic pop to your newly-cleaned space!
No more repeat visits.
Now, to return to our first question: how do we deprive mold of the conditions it needs to grow, so it doesn’t come back?
We can’t do much about oxygen because, well, we also need it to survive. Food sources are difficult as well, because there are so many materials that mold can consume. So moisture is the key.
To reduce moisture accumulation in our spaces, we can ventilate them often, particularly for high humidity areas like bathrooms. We could also use dehumidifiers. But in our humid climes, it’s an uphill task. Here’s where cair works its magic!
Don’t feed the mold; defeat it!
With its high moisture absorbency features, cair interior paint absorbs moisture into the paint coat. By soaking up the moisture, it deprives mold spores from getting any of the moisture it needs to grow.
In addition, cair contains anti-microbial agents that break up the formation of mold spores. Separated and dehydrated, you simply need to give your walls a wipe once in a while, just to get rid of any scattered, dormant mold spores that are still lingering.
Let your walls do the work, and breathe easy within environments safe from mold!
cair interior paint utilizes anti-microbial agents that break down fungal spores.
Learn more about cair’s anti-molding and humidity regulating features.