Does Anti-Mould Paint Work?

Thursday 7th September 2023

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When preventing persistent mould problems, anti-mould paint can be an excellent solution. This special type of paint is designed to resist mould growth and improve your home's health. However, the effectiveness of anti-mould paint often raises questions among homeowners.

If you're seeking practical solutions for combating black mould, we at ICE Cleaning have expert knowledge on mould remediation solutions, including anti-mould paints. With our lifetime guarantee*, your property is protected and if the mould returns, we will get rid of it, free of charge.

Read on to learn more about anti-mould paint and if it works.

*subject to advisories

What is mould?

Mould is a fungus that thrives in warm and damp environments. Its primary mode of reproduction involves releasing invisible spores into the air. These airborne particles can settle on surfaces and initiate growth if conditions are favourable.

You may spot mould in places like bathrooms or kitchens because of humidity levels. Activities such as cooking or showering generate more moisture, creating an ideal breeding ground for this persistent invader.

Beyond being unsightly, unchecked mould growth can lead to structural damage over time. Prolonged exposure may also result in health issues, especially for those with respiratory sensitivities like asthmatics or children.

To prevent its spread within your property, consider improving ventilation and promptly addressing any leaks or water damage as these measures could prevent potential infestations.

What is anti-mould paint?

Anti-mould paint is a coating designed to resist and prevent mould growth. This paint works by creating an inhospitable environment for the fungi, making it harder for them to take hold.

The paint contains fungicides that are harmful to mould spores, which stops them from multiplying or growing on your walls. Properly applying anti-mould paint can make all the difference between a mould-free wall and one riddled with patches of damp and mould.

If you struggle with dampness or high humidity, anti-mould paint may be the ideal solution. However, anti-mould paints are not the only solution - they work best as part of broader moisture control strategies.

Does anti-mould paint work?

Anti-mould paint is a preventative measure against black mould in homes and businesses. It forms a protective barrier that repels moisture – a key element that mould thrives on.

Most mould paints contain variations of an organic compound, isothiazolinone, carrying agents that halt mould growth. These variations have been tested by scientific bodies, confirming their efficiency in studies as early as 1991. 

How to prevent mould

Preventing mould begins with understanding its needs. Mould thrives in moist conditions and feeds on organic matter. Moisture can originate from various sources, including high humidity, condensation, or water leaks. 

Poor ventilation further exacerbates the issue by trapping damp air indoors. In homes, window sills are common breeding grounds for mould due to their exposure to condensation and potential leaks.

Mould also loves feasting on organic material, which wooden window frames provide aplenty. uPVC frames may help prevent this, but any dust or dead insects present will substitute this. Although some indoor plants can prevent mould growth, they may also exacerbate it.

What to do when you see mould

The safest option when dealing with a mould outbreak is to call for professional help. It is advisable to contact a mould removal company, as they possess the expertise and tools for tackling mould. Do not try to clean it yourself with DIY solutions or bleach, as these are not permanent remedies for mould.

Although you may not be capable of dealing with it yourself, some actions can halt its spread while waiting for expert help. Ensuring proper ventilation by keeping windows open or using extractor fans can help control the situation, you can also:

  • Isolate the area by keeping doors closed and windows open
  • Dispose of mould-damaged objects or clothing
  • Use a dehumidifier in the affected area

An excellent way to prevent future outbreaks could be to use anti-mould paint. This is especially beneficial in multiple flats which connect through an air conditioning system or share walls.

Frequently asked questions

Does anti-mould paint work?

 Anti-mould paint contains active ingredients that is proven to inhibit the growth of mould and mildew, offering a long-term solution to recurring issues.

What is the best paint to stop mould?

The top-rated anti-mould paints rated by Painters World are Zinsser Perma-White Mould & Suretherm Anti Condensation Paint.

Can I paint over mould with anti-mould paint?

Existing moulds must be thoroughly cleaned before applying any new coating. Painting over it will only hide the problem temporarily.

Get in touch

If mould has taken over your home, contact ICE Cleaning today for our mould removal services. Our experts are council-approved and work closely with landlords and tenants to adhere to Awaab's Law. Our goal is to restore your home and make it safe for you and your family to inhabit again.

To learn more about our mould remediation services, contact our team at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. Our mould experts are available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on-site in an emergency, no matter where you are in the UK.

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