Why Is There Mould In My Wardrobe?

Monday 28th November 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Mould can occur anywhere in the house such as under carpets, behind wallpaper, and even in wardrobes. This could cause you health problems as well as damage your possessions.

At ICE Cleaning, we provide mould cleaning services nationwide. We are a corporate member of Dewpoint Professional, a leading provider of training services in mould remediation. Wherever you are based, we have got you covered.

Continue reading to find out why there is mould in your wardrobe and how you can prevent it.

What causes mould in wardrobes?

Water leaks

Mould can quickly follow when a water leak occurs. This could be because of a hole in the roof, a burst waterpipe, or a sewer back up. Whatever the problem is, you could be facing further issues if mould spores appear.

Get the issue treated as soon as possible, or you will notice that the mould keeps coming back. A plumber will identify the source of the issue and repair it.

As well as causing mould, you could start to notice unpleasant odours. At ICE Cleaning, we can help you with this. Our technicians have a wealth of experience in odour removal, and can use the latest equipment to treat the smell.

Visible mould on clothing

Visible mould on clothing could mean you have mould growth in your wardrobe. It may damage your possessions and cause health problems for your family.

Clear out clothing from your wardrobe to see how widespread the issue is, and dispose of clothes that are beyond repair.

Damp clothes in the wardrobe

When damp clothing is placed in wardrobes before drying, mould could result.

The excess moisture given off by the item of clothing creates a damp environment, where mould is known to fester. The darkness within your wardrobe will not help either, so dry clothes outside wherever possible, but most definitely not in wardrobes!

How to identify mould

There are various ways mould can be identified. The most obvious of these is visible mould, such as what you find on window sills and on your walls.

Other signs of mould include bubbling or discolouration on your wallpaper. The mould remediation specialist may need to peel back the wallpaper to assess the full extent of the damage.

Excessive amounts of condensation is also an indication of mould, as is a musty damp smell. For more information on how to spot mould, check out our blog to learn what the key signs of mould growth are.

Is mould dangerous?

Yes, mould can be dangerous for your health. Certain members of the population suffer more acutely from its effects, including:

  • Those with weakened immune systems
  • People with pre-existing conditions
  • The elderly
  • Children

It is important that mould be treated promptly if you spot any signs of it. Not only could it cause harm to your loved ones, but it may also be a sign of a larger underlying issue.

If you notice you are suffering from symptoms but not otherwise ill, it could be an indication that you have mould. You might be experiencing:

  • Throat irritation
  • Nausea
  • Skin irritation
  • Dizziness

Consult a doctor if you're worried about your health and mould. Also read information from online resources such as the NHS to find out more about its impacts.

How to prevent mould in wardrobes

Boost your ventilation

Wardrobes can contain a lot of condensation, particularly if there is not much room between clothing. Air can't circulate as well when not given enough room to travel.

To alleviate this, you could try installing static air vents. This will help level out the temperature in your wardrobe. Keep windows open as well during the day for extra ventilation.

Reduce condensation

There are several steps you can take to reduce condensation in your wardrobe. Consider donating clothes you no longer wear to improve air flow and ventilation in the wardrobe.

Additionally, don't put clothes away until they are fully dry. Damp clothes provide the perfect conditions for mould growth, which is what you're trying to avoid.

Get rid of the wardrobe

This option is on the extreme side, but may be something you consider after all else has failed. If you are still seeing mould growth despite attempts to remove it, another choice for storing clothing might be preferable.

Open shelving could work better for you, giving your room more ventilation and mould less chance to develop.

Our ICE SHIELD® solution

After our mould removal jobs, we provide a complimentary application of our ICE SHIELD®. This works by creating a protective barrier, and helps combat against harmful bacteria and viruses for up to 28 days.

It begins working with 10 seconds and is suitable for all types of settings. 

We're ready to help

Get in touch with our dedicated customer service team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to find out more about the mould removal services we offer.

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