How To Stop Mould In A Conservatory

Wednesday 16th August 2023

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A conservatory can let natural light into your home, offer you more space, and increase the value of the property by at least 5%. Should mould start to grow in it, however, it can quickly detract from these benefits.

When you spot mould growing in your conservatory, contact our friendly team to book our mould remediation services. ICE Cleaning’s technicians are accredited by Dewpoint Professional and can remove all traces of the mould in your home, including from hard surfaces and the air.  

Read on to find out what causes mould in conservatories and how to prevent it.

What causes mould in a conservatory?

Mould grows in environments with excess moisture, like rooms that contain very humid air, condensation, and damp. During the colder months, condensation is a common problem in conservatories.

Condensation is formed when warm, humid air that contains a lot of moisture condenses on cold surfaces, like windowpanes. As conservatories are made up of windows and can become very cold, lots of condensation can form, making surfaces damp.

Any cracks or leaks in your conservatory can also let in rainwater and cause damp. As people tend not to open windows in the winter due to the outside temperatures, conservatories tend to not be that well ventilated, either, allowing the condensation to settle.

Mould can grow on the blinds in your conservatory, too. Due to their proximity to windows where condensation can form, they can easily get damp and provide mould with the perfect conditions to thrive.

Mould only feeds on organic materials, like wood and cotton, and therefore cannot grow on blinds made of manmade material. But if your blinds are dirty, this should provide mould with enough organic material to grow.

The effects of mould growth

To begin with, mould can damage your property and possessions. As mould feeds off organic material, like wooden furniture or upholstery, these are at risk of deteriorating. If it spreads to building materials, like plasterboard, it can have much more serious consequences.

Mould is also very dangerous to be exposed to. The fungus produces allergens and irritants, and some kinds, like black mould, even produce toxic substances. Inhaling or ingesting mould spores can trigger an allergic reaction like sneezing, coughing, skin rashes, and eye irritation.

Black mould in your conservatory could lead to more serious health problems, such as severe asthma attacks and sick building syndrome. You can find out more here.

Mould produces an unpleasant musty and stale odour, too, which can affect your enjoyment of your conservatory.

To protect your health and avoid damage to your conservatory and possessions, you need to have mould removed as soon as you spot it.

How to get rid of mould in your conservatory

Despite claims you can remediate mould yourself with products like bleach, baking soda, and vinegar, you should never attempt to clean mould. Firstly, these cleaning hacks are not that effective and any mould left untreated will continue to grow and spread.

Mould removal is also dangerous without personal protective equipment (PPE) as you will have to come in close contact with the mould and are likely to inhale or ingest it.

You must always bring in mould remediation professionals to tackle your mould problem. They will have the training and specialist equipment to identify and tackle all the mould from your home, including removing mould from your blinds.

Specialist cleaners, like our technicians, can give you the peace of mind that your home is clean and safe again. They can diagnose what is causing the mould, as well, whether it’s condensation, damp, or a leak, and advise on how to prevent it in the future.

How to prevent mould growing in your conservatory

  • Install double-glazing to reduce condensation: the inner pane will be much warmer than the outer pane so water vapour in the air will be less likely to condense.
  • Have leaks fixed as soon as possible: bring in professionals to identify the cause of the leak and have them repair it.
  • Remove excess moisture: wipe up any condensation regularly before it settles on surfaces.
  • Ventilate the conservatory: open windows on either side of the room to create a through-draught.
  • Keep humidity levels below 50%: install a dehumidifier to maintain humidity levels.
  • Make sure the conservatory stays warm: underfloor heating controlled by a separate thermostat can stop the temperature dropping to a level where condensation forms.
  • Ensure there are no still air pockets: air behind furniture or in corners can get trapped and cause mould if it’s humid. Check regularly for cold spots, too, like at the joints between windows.

Get in touch

With every mould removal service comes a lifetime guarantee* so you can be sure your property will stay mould-free. Our technicians are available across the UK, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In an emergency, they will be on site in several hours.

Contact our team today by calling 0208 066 0360 or sending an email to enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to book your free site survey and get a no-obligation quote.

*subject to advisories

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