Mould and mildew thrive in warm, moist and dark conditions — and are a huge problem after flooding. Those black, green-black or brownish specks or stains on your walls, ceilings, cupboards and in the grouting between tiles are minute furry growths of fungi. Typically, mould and mildew grow wherever condensation forms, such as around windows, under sinks and in bathrooms and laundries. Some common places for mould to develop include: curtain linings due to condensation from windows; shower curtains; fly-wire screens; refrigerators; bread and fruit; indoor plants and aquariums.
The easiest and safest way to deal with mould and mildew is a simple wipe over with white vinegar. This will clean the surface and prevent the growth of bacteria and mould. Any surface can receive this treatment including shoes, handbags, leather and vinyl surfaces and windows.
Any clothing or linen that has gone mouldy needs to go through a normal wash followed by a vinegar rinse — then hang out in the sunshine to dry.
More about mould and mildew tomorrow!