Can You Clean Mould While Pregnant?

Friday 29th December 2023

Ellen Warren

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Mould is a serious concern for some when they are expecting. It can be hard to know what is and is not safe to do whilst pregnant, and cleaning can be one of those tasks. When it comes to mould, pregnant individuals may want to keep their distance and find other ways to tackle it.

If you are struggling to tackle mould in your home, our mould cleaning services at ICE Cleaning can help. Our team are mould experts who can identify the root cause of mould and assist you with preventing any future growth.

Read on to learn how to tackle mould whilst you are pregnant.

Understanding the risks of mould exposure during pregnancy

When pregnant, your immune system can be compromised as your body focuses on maintaining your baby's health. This means mould spores can cause reactions or illnesses you may not have experienced before.

If you spot mould in your home, you should not try to clean it yourself as it can cause respiratory illnesses and allergic reactions. If you have any babies or young children in your mould-infested home, they are also more likely to develop asthma before they start school. Eliminating mould immediately is safest for you and your children.

Myths regarding mould cleaning when pregnant

A common myth regarding mould is that all types are deadly. While some types can cause issues like respiratory infections, only specific strains can pose serious threats. The individual affected by the mould may also not react, whilst others will experience symptoms similar to a cold.

Another common belief is that bleach is the go-to for cleaning mould. However, bleach may exacerbate the mould growth by only eliminating the surface growth, leaving the embedded spores to proliferate and spread further. Bleach is also dangerous to pregnant individuals and should be used carefully when pregnant and only where necessary.

Professional mould remediation services

Pregnant or not, tackling mould can be dangerous, especially if you are allergic. With pregnancy, it is best to call in professional mould removal experts. They have got the tools to mould safely.

These experts come armed with high-grade equipment and eco-friendly products that remove mould whilst keeping toxins away from you.

Precautionary measures to prevent mould growth

Implementing precautionary measures is important to maintain a healthy and mould-free environment. Proactive strategies serve as the first line of defence against the potential hazards associated with mould growth. Some measures to follow include:

  • Ensuring ventilation throughout your living or working spaces
  • Addressing water leaks promptly
  • Maintaining indoor humidity levels between 30-50%
  • Establishing a consistent cleaning routine to eliminate dust, dirt, and mould spores.
  • Sealing cracks and openings in walls, windows, and doors to prevent water seepage
  • Ensuring proper insulation to maintain stable indoor temperatures
  • Using mould-resistant paints and materials during renovations
  • Conducting regular property inspections
  • Ensuring proper property drainage to divert water away from the foundation

By incorporating these precautionary measures into your daily practices, you fortify your property against the threats of mould growth. Proactive mould prevention not only safeguards the structural integrity of your space but also promotes a healthier and more comfortable living or working environment for all.

Importance of post-mould removal care

In the aftermath of successful mould removal, the significance of post-treatment care is important. This phase is integral in ensuring that the remediated areas remain mould-free and that the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals are protected. 

Pregnant and non-pregnant individuals must remain vigilant in the post-removal timeframe and prevent regrowth by doing the following:

  • Maintaining humidity levels
  • Addressing water leaks
  • Cleaning and disinfecting often
  • Observing air quality
  • Improving ventilation
  • Installing dehumidifiers in damp rooms

If mould starts to grow in your home again, you must contact mould removal experts immediately. They can help you find the source of mould and provide you guidance so you can prevent its growth in the future.

Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to clean mould when pregnant?

Cleaning mould while pregnant can be risky. It is best to let someone else tackle it or take strict precautions.

Is it safe to be around mould while pregnant?

Avoiding mould is wise during pregnancy due to potential health risks.

Is it safe to sleep in a room after cleaning mould?

Sleep elsewhere until the area is thoroughly aired out and dry, reducing any lingering spore risk post-cleanup.

Is it OK to clean the house while pregnant?

You can clean, but dodge harsh chemicals and strenuous tasks. Opt for gentle products and keep rooms well-ventilated.

Get in touch

Our mould remediation team at ICE Cleaning are dedicated to assisting you if you are experiencing a mould infestation whilst pregnant. With our advanced technology and solutions, we can effectively eliminate mould and help you prevent its return.

For a free site survey and no-obligation quote, you can talk to our mould removal team today at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We are available 24/7, all year round, and can dispatch our team nationwide to wherever you are.

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