Mould is a fungus that grows on almost any damp surface. Moulds of various kinds grow and multiply rapidly when their airborne spores meet with moisture. Moulds are resilient and oftentimes return with a vengeance even after being scrubbed away with soap and water.

You will find mould in cool, dark and damp corners of your home – places that don’t receive as much sunlight. Since ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun kills most moulds and spores, we don’t see this pest growing in the open.

When you’re looking for mould, you will need to check dark nooks and crannies. The most common place to find mould is your windows. This is because of one simple reason: condensation. The warm air inside your home hits the glass of the window where it is rapidly cooled by the outside air, producing the perfect environment for mould to thrive.

Other factors which increase condensation and in turn result in mould growth are humidity, poor heating or cooling indoors, leaking pipes, steam in the kitchen or bathroom, smoking, and open fires.

Why You Need to Get Rid of Mould

The ugly truth is that we are all familiar with this unattractive home invader. However, the risks of mould are more than skin deep. As mould grows, it continues to release spores that spread through the air in your home. These can cause severe respiratory problems. Exposure can even trigger infections in the skin, lungs, eyes, and other organs. Moulds are also known to take a toll on the immune system. Watch out for excessive sneezing or watery eyes – symptoms like these could be caused by a hidden mould infestation.

How deep does the damage go? Mould often grows unchecked. Most people only tend to clean exposed mould because it looks ugly. Especially with places like windows, dampness often spreads to the bordering drywall, causing growth that is hidden from view. This could also damage your windows and surrounding areas if not properly cleaned. But don’t panic! Professionals have ways to sterilise these areas as well. 

The only solution is to tackle the problem head-on. Schedule regular window cleanings and deep cleaning sessions for your home. Mould also eats into the wood, so trust us when we say regular cleanings are more cost-effective than the repair costs you may face in the long run.

How to Clean Mould in Your Home

Warning: We strongly recommend using protective glasses, masks and gloves while cleaning mould, as everyone has different sensitivities to mould. Be mindful of the spores as you undertake any of the following home solutions:

1. Vinegar

You will need: A spray bottle, white vinegar, a soft bristle brush

Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and apply it directly to the mouldy surface. Allow this to sit for a minimum of one hour. Scrub the surface with a brush until the mould comes off. The smell of the vinegar should disappear after a few hours. White vinegar is also a mould repellent, so you may wipe down or spray the cleaned surface every few days to prevent growth. 

2. Baking Soda

You will need: Two parts baking soda, one part vinegar and one part water, a scrub sponge

If your mould is resistant to the above treatment, this one is stronger. Mix the three ingredients to form a thick paste. Spread some of the mix onto the affected surface and let it dry. Scrub off and repeat until the mould disappears. Make sure you rinse the surface to remove any residue. 

3. Lemon as a Window Cleaning Agent

You will need: Lemon juice, home cleaner, water, a brush or scrub sponge

Use your simple home cleaner and water to rinse the area. Apply lemon juice directly to the mould and scrub the area immediately with a brush or scrub sponge as needed. As with the above treatments, the process should be repeated in a cycle until you no longer see dark patches of mould forming.

4. Window Cleaning Agents

Bleach, borax, and hydrogen peroxide may also be used to get rid of mould. However, please be careful while using high strength chemical cleaning agents. They may be a great solution for stubborn mould but they could also harm you/your skin or discolour household surfaces. Never mix them, and always follow the instructions on the packaging. 

Professional Cleaners: We at NexDo are here to help!

For the safest and most reliable way to get rid of your mould completely, engage professional cleaners to do what they’re most experienced at – deep cleaning your space.

Professional Window Cleaning

It’s hard to escape mould from growing around your windows. Depending on the extent of growth, a professional will advise you on how often you will need to clean your windows to keep spores from taking root. Typically, you can keep window mould at bay by doing an intensive clean every few months.

Explore our quick and easy window cleaning options. 

Professional Deep Cleaning

In order to trace the mould in your home, it is important to schedule a deep cleaning at least twice a year. Remember, a lot of the mould that grows indoors is unseen. However, a professional cleaner is always able to spot it a mile away.

Explore NexDo’s intensive deep cleaning packages, which you can pair with an external window cleaning add-on service to banish mould from your home.

We at NexDo are here to help you keep your home squeaky clean. To know how, explore our range of cleaning services and solutions. Book yours today.