One of the primary concerns of green interior design is to provide a healthy indoor environment for people. One of the many things that can cause health problems in a home is mold. It can be hard to control mold – it seems that only weeks after you clean mold off a surface it reappears. Mold can cause allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory problems.
It is impossible to completely eliminate mold spores from an indoor environment but they are a number of things you can do to limit mold spores in the home. Below are tips to deal with mold in the home:
How to limit mold in the home
❶ Mold can grow on nearly any organic surface such as wood, paper, carpet and insulation. Mold grows as a result of a combination of oxygen and moisture. If you have a mold problem the first thing you must do is to go around the home and fix any leaky pipes and faucets you might find.
❷ As mold grows because of moisture it is important to regulate the humidity in a home. Ideally humidity in a home should be 30% to 60%. You can reduce humidity in a home by venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture creating situations to the outside. The same is true of cooking: make sure you have an extractor fan above your cooker. You can also regularly open windows, use de-humidifiers and air-con units to reduce water vapor in the air.
❸ The Honeywell Prestige HD and the Honeywell TH8321 VisionPro 8000 are two programmable thermostats that be installed in the home to regulate high humidity.
❹ As mentioned elsewhere on this website bamboo charcoal in the home also helps to reduce humidity in the air. Bamboo is also antifungal and thus resistant to mold spores. Bamboo flooring, bamboo mats and bamboo blinds won’t go moldy and are thus recommended for the home.
❺ Clean and dry any wet parts of the house where there are organic materials within 24 hours to prevent mold growth.
❻ If you find mold on a hard surface than clean with water and detergent. Use an environmentally friendly detergent, vinegar or bamboo vinegar.
❼ If you find mold on absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles or wallpaper the best solution is to replace the absorbent material as the mold will definitely grow back.
❽ Finally you should try to prevent condensation in a home. Condensation commonly occurs on windows, pipes, exterior walls and floors. Insulation prevents condensation.
If you follow these guidelines then you will able to dramatically reduce the amount of spores in the indoor environment and thus limit the growth of mold. Not only will this make a home a healthier place it will also make a home more attractive and easier to sell.