Does Sugar Soap Remove Mould?

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Ellen Warren

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Mould is a common issue with many homeowners, landlords, and tenants alike. This fungus thrives in damp conditions and can cause significant damage to your property if left untreated. Sugar soap is often a go-to solution for mould removal; however, its effectiveness is questionable. 

Here at ICE Cleaning, we are paving the way for high-quality mould remediation services in the UK. Our solutions use a combination of industrial solutions and state-of-the-art technology that ensures the complete removal of mould, preventing its return in the future.

Read on to learn more about sugar soap and if it removes mould.

What is mould?

Mould is a fungus we often see as green or black patches on surfaces like walls and furniture. This growth thrives in damp conditions, and its presence may lead to health implications if not tackled swiftly.

Mould produces allergens, irritants, and occasionally toxic substances, which could provoke reactions like skin rashes or asthma attacks when touched or inhaled. Long-term exposure might even cause respiratory issues.

Excess moisture caused by leaks or condensation creates an ideal environment for mould spores to flourish into visible growths. Other factors like poor ventilation, warmth, and dead organic matter can also encourage its spread. 

Addressing these root causes should always be your initial step towards eradicating this issue, as environmental factors are more likely to trigger this growth.

What is sugar soap?

Sugar soap contains no sugar, but its texture and soapy residue often resemble it, thus its name. It is a potent cleaning product used in the UK for prepping surfaces before painting or decorating.

This multipurpose cleaner effectively combats grime and nicotine stains. It contains sodium carbonate and sodium phosphate, dissolving fatty residues on walls and other hard surfaces.

Sugar soap is user-friendly in liquid form or as concentrated crystals requiring dilution with water. However, use it with care due to its alkaline properties. Professional cleaners always take necessary precautions when using such powerful cleaning products.

Does sugar soap remove mould?

Sugar soap does have the ability to remove mould. However, it is crucial to note that while sugar soap may clean away visible mould on surfaces, it does not necessarily kill mould permanently. 

These solutions only deal with surface mould but do not penetrate deep enough into surfaces where mould growth takes root. Therefore, the mould will continue to return with a deeply embedded source and an unchanged environment.

Mould remediation experts often suggest using specialist products for effective mould removal or hiring professional cleaners. These experts utilise advanced methods like industrial mould removal techniques, which eradicate mould permanently and prevent its return.

How to reduce the spread of mould

The primary way mould spreads is through airborne spores. Once visible, this means it has begun producing these spores, which can quickly take over a property.

In buildings with multiple units connected by air conditioning systems, mould growth in vents can allow rapid spread across flats and even neighbouring homes.

Maintaining dryness and good ventilation is key to preventing mould growth. Regular cleaning can also slow the spread, but this will need to be remediated by a professional cleaner. In the meantime, some other ways to slow it down are:

  • Installing extraction fans into the bathroom and kitchen
  • Using dehumidifiers or moisture catchers in vulnerable areas
  • Wipe down condensation on windows, walls, and mirrors
  • Drying clothes outdoors

What to do when you see mould

The sight of mould can be concerning, but swift and decisive action is essential. The first step should be isolating the affected area to stop mould spores from spreading further in your home. We recommend ventilating the room by opening windows and using a dehumidifier.

You may then want to attempt mould remediation using a cleaning product like sugar soap. However, it is essential to know that while this could eliminate visible mould, it does not kill or prevent its return. 

Trying to clean it using DIY products could only further exacerbate the mould, causing it to produce more spores. Or, using dangerous cleaning products like bleach may harm you inadvertently and cause sickness. Instead, get in contact with a mould removal company.

Frequently asked questions

Can sugar soap remove mould and mildew?

Although sugar soap may seem to remove surface mould, it cannot eradicate it at the source.

How does sugar soap work?

Sugar soap contains alkaline properties that break down dirt, grease, and other stains. This makes it easier to clean and wipe away stains and render a surface decontaminated.

Is sugar soap safe to use?

If you decide to use sugar soap, wear protective gear for your hands and eyes, and use it in a well-ventilated area to reduce the amount of fumes you inhale.

Can I use sugar soap on all surfaces?

Sugar soap is safe to use on painted surfaces, tiles, woodwork, and non-porous surfaces. Do not use it on fabrics, stone, or untreated wood.

Get in touch

ICE Cleaning is the leading company for mould remediation in the UK. Our Dewpoint-accredited experts provide advanced strategies and cleaning products to remove mould and eradicate mould spores from the air. We can protect your home with our lifetime guarantee*.

If you would like to learn more about what we offer in combination with mould removal services, you can get in touch at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. Our trained advisors are ready to speak to you at any hour, 365 days a year, and operate nationwide to help you.

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