Why Mould Cleaning Products Do Not Work

Friday 20th October 2023

Ellen Warren

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An unsightly patch of mould in your bathroom or on your window frames is not just a nuisance; it is a potential health risk and property destroyer. When you buy those over-the-counter cleaning products, you may think they will solve the problem, but the issue is more complicated.

At ICE Cleaning, we are leading the way for mould remediation solutions nationwide. Our services come with a lifetime guarantee*, ensuring that in the event of mould returning, we will return to remove it free of charge.

Read on to learn more about why some products fall short and how professional solutions can eliminate mould.

*subject to advisories

Understanding mould and its impact

Mould is a common yet potentially dangerous problem many households face. It is a fungus that thrives in damp environments, living off dead organics like old wallpaper, dead skin, or rotting materials.

It reproduces through tiny spores that travel through the air until they find suitable conditions to grow – often in moist areas like bathrooms or basements. It can have serious consequences for health and cause harm to the structure of a building.

The presence of mould can affect your health, leading to respiratory issues such as coughing or wheezing, skin irritation, and even allergic reactions. Ongoing exposure could lead to more issues, particularly for those with existing respiratory problems.

Beyond our health, mould poses a threat to buildings too. Over time it can degrade materials such as wood and plasterboard, leading to structural weakness. To protect yourself from these potential hazards, you will need effective strategies for tackling mould.

The reality of over-the-counter mould cleaning products

Many believe that over-the-counter mould cleaning products are a quick fix. But, they might not be as effective as you think. These products often promise to eliminate all traces of mould, but the truth is that they only treat the surface.

Mould is stubborn and tends to grow back if not dealt with properly. A simple spray-and-wipe method might seem like it works initially, but without addressing the root cause or killing spores hidden deep within surfaces, re-infestation is likely.

Many over-the-counter mould treatments contain harsh chemicals that can cause skin irritation, eye discomfort and even respiratory issues if used incorrectly. They can irritate your skin and eyes or even lead to respiratory issues when used frequently or improperly.

Rather than relying solely on store-bought items to combat persistent mould in your house, think about employing the services of a mould removal company who can tackle this issue efficiently.

The science behind mould cleaning products

Mould cleaning products usually contain chemicals like bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals are designed to kill mould on contact and remove visible signs of its presence.

However, these over-the-counter solutions often only tackle surface-level mould without addressing the root cause.

Mould spores can penetrate deep into porous materials such as wood and drywall. While the surface may appear clean after using a store-bought product, hidden colonies could still be underneath.

This makes it challenging for homeowners to eradicate mould with cleaning products. The nature of mould growth requires more comprehensive treatment, typically provided by mould removal services that understand how to handle infestations in all their forms.

Professional mould cleaning solutions

The real deal in tackling mould lies within professional mould cleaning solutions. These services use advanced tools and methods that dig deep into surfaces to eliminate all traces of fungus. It is not just about appearance but ensuring your home is safe for everyone inside.

A company can give expert help on this matter. They fix the problem and prevent future outbreaks. By identifying potential triggers and rectifying them, these professionals keep your living space free from mould.

Preventive measures against mould growth

Keeping the atmosphere free from moisture and allowing adequate airflow is essential for preventing mould growth. You could also invest in a dehumidifier or moisture catcher if you are battling with dampness.

An extractor fan or HVAC system is another suitable investment in preventing mould growth and promoting airflow.

You should regularly inspect your property for leaks, especially after heavy rain or snowfall. If detected early, this can help stop mould before it starts.

Avoid storing items in damp areas where mould likes to grow. This includes basements, attics and garages, which often have poor ventilation and are prone to moisture build-up.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best cleaning product for mould?

The most effective mould cleaners tend to be professional-grade, but vinegar and baking soda are good DIY options for surface mould.

What do professionals use to get rid of mould?

Professionals often use commercial antimicrobial solutions or high-tech equipment like HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers for stubborn mould.

Why does mould require professional removal?

Mould is a fungal growth that embeds itself into surfaces, so specialist cleaning solutions are required to remove it at the source.

Get in touch

Mould removal is just one of the many specialist services we offer at ICE Cleaning. Our experts can provide emergency cleaning services for unexpected discoveries of mould and even in social housing. We adhere to Awaab's Law, providing thorough cleaning services with your local council.

To learn more about our services, you can reach out to our team at 0208 066 0360 and enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We can be on-site within a few hours of your first call and will reach you no matter where you are in the UK.

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