Hong Kong’s humid climate and the sharp temperature difference between day and night in summer can trap moisture in our homes and facilitate mold growth. In addition to bathrooms and wardrobes, your air conditioners are also a massive breeding ground for molds! If you’re wondering how to get rid of molds, check out the three household deep cleaning tips in this article.
What is Mold?
Mold is a common name for filamentous fungi. Molds do not derive energy from photosynthesis but rely on organic matters they live on for energy. Spores are essentially the “seeds” of molds, and they will germinate when moisture and organic matters are present. They will then grow into hyphae and eventually colonies of mold. Mold is considered an allergen but is harmless to most healthy adults. However, it can cause severe reactions in children, elderlies, or individuals whose immune system is overly-sensitive. Some of the symptoms may include runny nose, cough, or skin rashes.
How to Remove Bathroom Mold?
As the house’s wettest place, the bathroom can easily be colonized by mold, especially on shower curtains, caulks, and tile gaps. Good ventilation is crucial to keep your bathroom mold-free. This can be done by keeping windows open or turning on the ventilation fan. Windowless bathrooms are best kept dry with a dehumidifier but remember to close the lid of your toilet when doing so. Deep cleaning your bathroom regularly is also really important. If you do mold in your bathroom, cover the moldy areas with tissue paper or paper towels, spray bleach on it and leave overnight. Rinse with cold water the next morning to wash away the bleach and lower the temperature in the bathroom to prevent mold from growing again.
How to Remove Mold in the Closet?
The closet is another hotspot for mold infestation. The most effective way to prevent mold from growing in your closet is to immediately get rid of it whenever you spot them. One way of doing so is to soak a wiping cloth in diluted bleach, leave it where the mold infestation is for 2 to 3 hours, and then clean with water. Other than placing dehumidifier boxes and desiccants to lower the humidity, newspaper and dry tea bags can also be placed at the bottom of the closet for a similar effect. Avoid putting your closets near the bathroom and kitchen or against a bathroom or kitchen wall. Lastly, make sure that your washings are dried thoroughly before putting them back into your closet.
How to Remove Mold in Air Conditioners?
Even though it is common practice to leave the air conditioners on for long hours as a way to keep our homes dry, it can be the reason why molds are taking over our homes. Air conditioners keep our homes cool by continuously circulating air in our homes. With its powerful suction like a vacuum cleaner, they continuously suck in air, as well as dust particles in the home, and release cold air back out. The dehumidifying function of our air conditioners doesn't actually remove much moisture from the house. instead a lot of the moisture is retained inside the machines. This means that when that accumulated moisture is mixed with organic impurities, it becomes a breeding ground for mold. As time goes on, you may start noticing a musty smell coming out from the air conditioner.
To remove mold in air conditioners, take the filters out regularly to check the interior for signs of mold and pay attention to whether the air outlet and flaps have mold on them. Seek help from professional air conditioner cleaning services when mold is spotted to avoid the spreading of infestation in your home.
Routinely washing the filter and sanitising the interior of your air conditioner are great ways to keep it clean. Another alternative is to run it for an hour at a higher temperature and high wind speed while having the windows open to help prevent moisture from building up inside the air conditioner as it minimises the temperature difference between the interior of the air conditioner and the room temperature.
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