Mould and mildew are unsightly when they grow on your house surfaces and walls, but did you know they could be hiding all around your home as well? Not only are they ugly, but they can cause damage to your house and furniture and jeopardise your family’s health as well.
As a homeowner in wet and humid Malaysia, you’ll have to deal with the threat of mould and mildew regularly. Make sure you don’t forget checking in these areas!
1. Air Conditioner
The damp and dusty air conditioner provides the perfect conditions for mould – dirty and congested filters are filled with mould spores that can take root, while neglected ducts, drain pans, and coils are great surfaces for them to grow. Regularly cleaning your air conditioning unit will help curb this problem or catch them early before they take hold.
2. Front-Loading Washing Machines
Even your washers can get dirty, if you don’t regularly maintain them! Washing machines are often left damp and humid, and while you’d think soap and clothes’ detergent would, well, deter their growth, certain areas are left untouched enough for mould to take hold. The space between the door and the tub of your front-loading washing machine, for example, is insulated and wet enough for mould to grow. Letting your washing machine air out by leaving the door ajar and cleaning and maintaining your unit on a timely basis would help deter mould.
An area exposed to the elements and regularly neglected, your window can be a hotbed for mould. The sills, seals, and edges in particular are great places for them to grow, especially in Malaysia’s rainy climate and humid air. Regular cleaning and good ventilation would keep mould from growing in your windows.
4. Dish Racks
Whether a built-in unit or a separate add-on, dish racks are another part of your home that’s always wet and exposed to dirt. Mould would have a field day, growing on the plastic or wood surfaces and gorging on food residue. Take care to always clean in-between the racks and drains and drip pans!
5. Kitchen Sink
Whether in the sink and grease trap, between faucets, or hard-to-drain-and-dry areas, your kitchen sink could also harbour mildew and mould. Running water is often not enough to clean the sink from dirt and trapped food particles, so make sure to thoroughly scrub with detergent once in a while.
6. Under The Sink
Once you’re done with the dish rack and sink, turn your attention to the area UNDER your sink; leaks and drips could damage the surrounding area and promote mould growth – this can potentially become costly if you don’t catch it early!
Mildew and food mould can take hold in forgotten old food in the fridge, so it’s good to clean it out regularly. However, don’t forget to wipe and maintain the areas behind and under the fridge as well – pay attention to the drains and drip pans beneath your unit that collects spills and moisture – a hotbed for mould growth!
8. Toilet Tiles
Mould also loves the humid, wet toilet tiles; in your next thorough cleaning, take care to scrub between the tiles, clean the grout, and clean off scum and dirt to prevent mould. As with the kitchen, remember to clean the bathroom sink as well, including the faucet, drains, and basin.
9. Couch, Curtains, And Carpeting
Fabric surfaces are a great place for mould spores to collect and grow. Good ventilation and regular dusting can keep things in check, but remember to deep clean these areas from time to time – use proper furniture cleaning chemicals for a proper wipe-down, and get your curtains laundered. Clean your carpets thoroughly as well to kill off any growing mould.
You might wash and launder your bedsheets occasionally, but might be neglecting your mattress – dirt and spores can get trapped and grow in your mattress, so make sure you also clean them properly from time to time. Chemical cleaners and exposure to the sun, as well as proper ventilation in your room, can help with the process.
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