Simple methods to prevent and get rid of black mold and dampness
Mrs Hinch is a cleaning influencer with over four million followers and counting. She rose to fame thanks to her sharing of cleaning tips and tricks, which fans now even do on Facebook pages named in Mrs Hinch’s honour.
On a Facebook page, a woman wanted to know how to prevent black mold from growing on her walls.
Natalie Brown wrote: “I have just removed a lot of black mold from my bedroom wall. Do I leave the bedroom window open all the time (just a bit) or only open in the morning etc.?
“Can I have my radiator on too? Or will the heat make the shape grow back faster? The mold is on the wall with the radiator (I think we have damp).”
The post was flooded with comments as other Mrs Hinch fans had a wealth of tips and tricks to share.
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Sam Atherton said: “I had mold in my smallest bedroom, once it was cleaned I kept the door and window closed and just had my timer heating on. It has never come back.”
Sue Anderson commented: “I keep my windows on the fresh air vent during the day in the winter and only close the windows when the heating is on.”
Zoe Kemp wrote: “I open the windows a little every morning while we’re at work. Close them when we get home before the heat comes on. If it’s on top of the wall/ceiling, it’s probably condensation and not damp.”
Karen Symes said: “I keep my windows open all year even with radiators on, never had mold check your guttering to see if it’s leaking out.”
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Yvette Perera wrote: “As someone who has worked in real estate for many years, I can recommend opening the windows in the morning if your windows have condensation.
“Heat will help keep moisture away, but not when it causes condensation, so you should open windows whenever possible to ventilate, especially when it’s sunny.”
Jo Prescott’s advice was slightly different – they recommended using another handy product found in most households.
They said: “Treat with white wine vinegar, just wipe over a couple of times. I leave the bedroom windows open, even when the heating is on. Especially if you dry laundry indoors. This also helps the laundry dry faster.”
Flossy Oddsocks agreed. She said: “Treat with white vinegar. You need to know why it’s there. Dodgy pointing? Problems with gutters? Window leaks? Do not dry wet laundry inside. Use a dehumidifier. Yes, turn on the heat.”
Sandra Abbott wrote: “I use this to remove mold 1 cup of white vinegar, 20 drops of wood oil and 20 drops of clove oil. The vinegar will remove the mold. The oils are supposed to be a natural way to keep mold at bay.”
Andrea Adams added: “We have a small mold problem in two bedrooms, I clean with mold suppressant when it appears and keep all the doors open to allow air flow.
“I leave radiators on, but I rarely open windows in the winter except after a shower, then I open the bathroom window and close the door until the steam has gone.”