How Drying Clothes Indoors Can Cause Mould

Thursday 10th August 2023

Ellen Warren

No comments, yet!

Drying clothes on clothes horse

CONTENTS

One of the most common causes of condensation and mould in the home is drying clothes indoors during winter. Although drying your clothes indoors may be cheaper and easier, you might experience mould growth and decreased air quality.

At ICE Cleaning, our mould remediation services are one of the leading solutions for mould growth in the UK. Our Dewpoint-accredited technicians use innovative technology and solutions to eradicate mould thoroughly, identifying the cause and preventing its return.

Read on to learn how drying clothes indoors can cause mould and how to prevent it.

What is mould?

This fungus has various strains and forms that grow indoors and outdoors. Mould can manifest in many colours and types, often caused due to environmental factors when indoors. When mould matures, it produces airborne spores that remain present in buildings.

Because mould spores linger, there is always a risk of mould growth in vulnerable areas of a home or a building that suffers from damp. Mould will grow in places susceptible to moisture and warmth, like the kitchen or bathroom.

The most well-known appearance of mould is its black or dark green, slimy form. Although it can appear in different colours, this is its most recognised look. Without prompt intervention, mould spreads and eventually results in allergic reactions in vulnerable people such as:

  • Wheezing
  • Sneezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Headaches

How do damp clothes cause mould?

When clothes come out of the washing machine, they are very damp and must be placed in a tumble dryer or outside on a clothesline. By hanging clothes on a clothes horse indoors, you create excess moisture in the home, which can lead to mould.

As damp fabrics dry, they expel moisture and condense on cold surfaces like a window, mirror, or wall in an unregulated room. This creation of condensation is what causes excess moisture, encouraging mould to grow and spread.

During the colder months, it may be hard to dry your clothes outside due to the accumulation of frost or rainfall. If you choose to dry your clothes indoors, you should do this in a well-ventilated room with a dehumidifier or moisture catcher to decrease humidity and moisture.

How mould can come from your washing machine

There is a possibility that mould can grow on your clothes due to being in a washing machine. Although the hot temperatures and soapy waters may appear to be a perfect solution to clean mould, they may create a worse situation.

After a washing machine’s cycle is complete, there is moisture and heat left behind that can accumulate in the metal drum and detergent drawer. Once mould grows in the machine, it spreads to the rubber door seal and causes leakage or malfunctions.

When a washing machine has mould inside, clothing put in to wash will absorb the mould spores and infected water. If left to dry indoors, mould could grow on the clothes and spread in your home.

How to prevent mould

There are several affordable methods to decrease excessive moisture and raise humidity levels in your home. Although other methods may require some payments, you can keep costs down and solve the issues with a few simple steps:

  • Use a dehumidifier or moisture catcher in affected rooms
  • Wipe down condensation when you see it
  • Ventilate the area with open windows or doors
  • Use extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Close kitchen and bathroom doors when in use
  • Leave washing machine door open between cycles
  • Dry clothes outside or on a heated clothes horse
  • Clean surfaces regularly

What to do if you see mould

If you see mould, you may be under the impression that you can clean it yourself. However, you must not do this as you could further exacerbate the issue or cause harm to yourself. DIY solutions like vinegar or bleach may remove surface mould temporarily, but it will return.

This is because mould adheres to porous surfaces, embedding itself deep into the material and growing even after the surface mould is gone. Instead, you should slow the growth with the above methods and contact a mould removal company.

Get in touch

Our mould removal services can effectively remove all traces of mould and mildew from every surface of your home. Your home will remain protected with our lifetime guarantee*, where our technicians return free of charge for another cleaning if the mould returns.

You can find out more about our services by contacting our friendly team at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We are on-call 24/7, and our technicians work nationwide, providing you with the best solutions 365 days a year, including bank holidays.

*subject to advisories 

Comment
Reilly Peters

Reilly Peters

Business Development Manager

Add to contacts

Speak with me today,
I’m here to help

By asking you a few questions either via phone or email I can immediately provide a realistic estimation of the cost.

You’re in good company. We’ve cleaned for the following commercial clients… View all

Customer reviews

Our happy customers have rated our service as
4.9 on Google.

View All Reviews

Sue Sullivan

Star Star Star Star Star

7 months ago

Ice did a brilliant job and I would highly recommend them. Reilly in the office booked everything in and was most helpful, and then Harry came and…

Read more

Posted on Google

John Hatswell

Star Star Star Star Star

8 months ago

We had a pressing need to address concerns regarding a clean up of a Trauma site. Ice Services and Zoe were responsive, informative and professional.…

Read more

Posted on Google

Eddie Mack

Star Star Star Star Star

9 months ago

I’ve used ICE Cleaning a few times and the service has been absolutely terrific. Paul Gimenez was incredibly helpful and dealt with everything…

Read more

Posted on Google

Martha Sparkes

Star Star Star Star Star

9 months ago

Power cleaned my external brick walls and look very good. They were punctual, hard working and respectful. I would recommend them with no hesitation.

Read more

Posted on Google

Simon Nicholson

Star Star Star Star Star

9 months ago

Booked ICE Cleaning at short notice to help with the clean-up of our outdoor Event Site in Central London. Whilst they were unable to assist with our…

Read more

Posted on Google

Kim Barnes

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

From start to finish, booking in with Jess in the office to Mark and Lee turning up for app 5-star service from start to finish..Quick turnaround…

Read more

Posted on Google

Mark Treasure

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We recently used ICE Cleaning to assist with the cleaning of communal areas and flats following a fire in a service riser. I initially spoke with…

Read more

Posted on Google

Martin Haw

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Very prompt, polite and professional service

Read more

Posted on Google

George C

Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Very professional and the sales team are very helpful and easy to deal with. The job was carried out quickly and professionally and the site team…

Read more

Posted on Google

Derik Matheus

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE Cleaning is a great company to work with! They have been cleaning our office for two years, and we are thrilled to have them as part of our team.

Read more

Posted on Google

Dannil Sourez

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE Cleaning Solutions is a serious and responsible company that takes pride in their work.

Read more

Posted on Google

Sam Hart

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Very impressed with ICE cleaning, really efficient and had good service. Dealt with my mould issue in my gym really well and couldn’t be…

Read more

Posted on Google

Luke Stockwell

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We used ICE Cleaning at BT Sport for a Cage Warriors event in our studios. In previous years this event had caused multiple problems due to the risk…

Read more

Posted on Google

Danielle Baycanli

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE cleaning cleaned the floors and carpets of our school to a very high standard. The team was friendly and efficient and we were very happy with…

Read more

Posted on Google

Emma Bryan

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

ICE cleaning completed a commercial clean for us. They were very professional, prompt, responsive and they event went back the next day to finish…

Read more

Posted on Google

Stuart Goodson

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Zoe as the first point of contact was extremely helpful and efficient. The decontamination of toxic mercury from my mother’s garage was…

Read more

Posted on Google

Nick Barringer

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

I was dealt with very professionally from first contact through to completion. The people are pleasant and knowledgeable, the work was carried out…

Read more

Posted on Google

Jason Etherington

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

Fantastic service, the technician was very understanding and talked us through the process and was happy to answer any questions. Work was completed…

Read more

Posted on Google

Alison Bailey

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

On calling ICE following a spillage, I first came into contact with Zoe. At all times Zoe was courteous, calm and professional. I asked her to call…

Read more

Posted on Google

Elisabeth Underdown

Star Star Star Star Star

1 year ago

We came back from holiday to see a massive mould problem in 2 of our rooms. We checked around but found this company to be best priced, most…

Read more

Posted on Google
Why choose us

Why choose us?

  • Cater to a wide variety of cleaning situations
  • Nationwide coverage, available 24/7
  • Cater to commercial and domestic clients
  • Free survey provided prior to quotation 
  • Emergency response team
  • Offer a bespoke service designed to suit all your needs 
  • All technicians hold professional health and safety qualifications, including BICSc, IOSH, Dewpoint Professional & Safe Contractor 

We’re fully accredited

We place best practise, professional expertise and health and safety at the core of our business. We’re fully compliant with all legal obligations. You can view a list of our accreditations below, or visit our Health & Safety page for more information.

CSCS
BICSc
IOSH
SafeContractor
Dewpoint® Professional Corporate Membership
IPAF
NACSC
0208 066 0360Open 24/7
Close

We use cookies

If you continue without changing your settings we'll assume you're happy to receive our cookies.
If you'd like to change this just update your browser settings. Find out more.

Okay. I got it.