How to Prevent Mould In Storage Unit

Tuesday 14th November 2023

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Mould can turn an orderly storage space into a breeding ground for fungal colonies. Personal belongings and furniture could be at risk of harbouring mould spores, which could put your home and health at risk if you take them back to your living space.

If mould has infiltrated your storage unit, our technicians at ICE Cleaning can help with our mould cleaning services. Our experts are Dewpoint-accredited individuals who utilise the latest technology and solutions to pinpoint the source of mould and eliminate it.

Read on to learn more about what causes mould and how you can prevent its growth. 

Understanding mould and its impact on stored items

Mould can damage stored items without you noticing. Beyond green or black spots, mould has more sinister effects on your belongings. For instance, it can weaken fabrics and cause discolouration, embedding spores into the porous surface and rendering it unusable.

Mould could also affect books, eating away at the paper and permanently staining the pages. This could include any important documents you have stored away, which could negatively affect your livelihood.

Moisture is often the main cause, as damp environments let mould spores thrive and multiply. This knowledge will help you protect valuable possessions from irreparable harm due to mould growth. Knowing the potential harm caused by mould helps you take the necessary steps to prevent its growth.

Factors contributing to mould growth in storage spaces

Mould in storage spaces is often due to a combination of factors. High humidity levels can make these areas perfect breeding grounds for mould. When the air moisture content rises above 60%, it provides mould with the ideal conditions to grow.

Temperature also plays a significant role, with mould thriving in warmer climates between 20°C and 30°C. But, even cold environments will not completely stop its growth, only slowing it down.

Poor ventilation is a contributor, allowing damp air to stagnate and create favourable conditions for mould. Lack of sunlight also encourages this because UV light helps kill off spores.

Identifying signs of mould in storage containers

Spotting mould early is vital to preserving your stored items. A musty smell is the first clue, but visible signs may include fuzzy patches on surfaces or discolouration of items.

Mould comes in many colours - black, white, green and red. It can appear as spots or spread across a larger area if left unchecked. You might notice dampness or water stains – both prime conditions for mould growth. Items like books may have warped pages due to moisture absorption.

Practical measures for preventing mould growth

Controlling humidity levels is crucial to prevent mould growth. A dehumidifier can help keep the moisture in check, making it less inviting for mould spores.

Ventilation also plays a significant role. Regularly airing out your storage unit lets fresh air circulate, preventing dampness that encourages mould.

Cleaning items before storing them is another effective measure. Using anti-mould sprays, you can eliminate any existing spores on surfaces, hindering future growth.

Maintaining regular checks will let you catch any signs of infestation early on. If spotted promptly, steps like drying out the area or using mould cleaning products can slow its breeding production.

Selecting the right storage containers for mould prevention

When it comes to storage, not all containers are equal in terms of mould prevention. The right choice can make a big difference in preventing mould growth.

The first rule of thumb is to opt for plastic over cardboard. Plastic is non-porous and does not provide the organic material that mould loves.

When it comes to keeping clothing or bedding moisture-free, airtight and sealable bags are an option. These durable bags keep the potential hazards outside and preserve the belongings held within.

However, even with the right container, maintaining good ventilation around them is crucial. Avoid placing things together, and consider using desiccant packs inside the boxes to help absorb any excess moisture.

Maintaining the condition of stored items post-mould removal

Once professional mould removal services eliminate mould from your storage unit, it is crucial to keep up regular checks and maintenance. This will help ensure that mould does not come back.

Monitor for any signs of dampness or water leakage, as these often indicate potential mould growth. These are usually precursors to mould growth. Next, use a dehumidifier if your storage area is prone to high humidity levels. It can help maintain optimal conditions by reducing excess moisture in the air.

Lastly, consider using moisture absorbers. They are easy-to-use packets that absorb moisture and protect stored items from potential damage caused by mould growth.

Frequently asked questions 

What can you do for mould in a storage unit?

You can reduce moisture, improve ventilation, and use mould-resistant cleaners to keep your storage unit free from mould.

How do you remove mould from storage?

Do not try to remove mould yourself from your storage unit. Instead, contact a mould professional for help. To stop the spread, you should remove your belongings and place them in a well-ventilated area.

How do I slow the spread of mould?

Before cleaners arrive, you can slow the spread by airing out the unit, fixing any leaks, and cleaning up any water spills. Buy or hire a dehumidifier for the room to draw out excess moisture.

Do storage units get damp?

Poorly maintained units may become damp due to leaks or high humidity levels, which could encourage mould growth if unchecked.

Get in touch

At ICE Cleaning, we are paving the way for mould remediation solutions across the UK. Our experts utilise innovative technology tools for all jobs we conduct nationwide, providing an amount of resolve and determination.

If you require our services or wish to learn more, speak to a member of our team today at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We can be on-site within a few hours after your first call, ensuring your safety throughout this difficult time.

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