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Dealing with Mould and Damp

 

Mould

Mould and mildew thrive in moisture; they can develop in any area of a home where there is excess moisture and limited air circulation. It can also be bad for your health. This problem can be solved easily by removing the mould and mildew as quickly as possible, and then coating the wall in a fungicidal paint. Almost every home gets mould infestations. The trick is to stop them before they get big and harm both you and your home. 


How to identify mould

A mouldy surface is often difficult to distinguish from a dirty one. To test for mildew, simply dab a few drops of household bleach on the blackened area. If it lightens after one to two minutes, you have mildew. If the area remains dark, you probably have dirt.

Removing mould

You can get rid of most mould in minutes by scrubbing the affected area with a bleach and water solution. If the mould doesn’t disappear after light scrubbing, reapply the cleaning mix and let it sit for a minute or two. Then lightly scrub again. You can also use sandpaper to scrub away the mould.

Even for simple cleaning, protect yourself from contact with mould and the bleach by wearing a long-sleeve shirt, long trousers, as well as plastic or rubber gloves and protective eyewear. Once you have scrubbed away the mould, Mould Stop Anti Mould Paint can be used to keep future mould at bay. Paint the clean surfaces, using a brush or a roller, to prevent further mould or mildew outbreaks. Ensure the paint is mixed well before use and do not thin it.

 

Damp

 

Eliminating Damp

If you’ve got damp, and not just mould, then Damp Stop is the answer. The main difference between Mould Stop and Damp Stop is that Damp Stop resists up to 2 bars of water pressure. So use it wherever dampness is a problem, whether the cause is internal or external.

For unpainted surfaces, ensure they are clean and free from oil and grease. Remove all mould and mildew. It is acceptable for the surface to be dry or slightly damp. If the surface is painted, remove as much of the existing paint as possible. Clean and abrade any remaining coating. Take special precautions with pre 1960’s paints, since these may contain lead.

You’ll need to apply two coats; the first coat primes and the second provides the damp proofing. Allow 4 hours before you apply a second coat.

Note: Damp Stop can be overcoated in 14 days, but this will impair its mould resistance properties.