Mould can quickly grow on outdoor surfaces from weatherboards, painted walls, window frames and gutters to concrete, bricks, paving and driveways. Mould can make your home look dirty and unappealing.
Regular maintenance and prompt treatment of mould or any stain will help to preserve the life and look of your homes outdoor surfaces.
Tips For Cleaning & Preventing Outdoor Mould:
1. Check the Plumbing - This is just good housekeeping as leaky roofs and damp in walls can do long term damage to your home and your health. Do a thorough search of the home and scan for any leaks or wet areas. If you believe you have a problem consult the appropriate tradesperson without delay. You can and should also do this if you're in a rental property and have the agent or landlord rectify the problem.
2. Remove Household Clutter - The more items around your house, the more surfaces for mould to latch on to. Put the rubbish out and tidy up daily as maintenance. Remove excessive items from around the house. Items in good condition can be sold or donated. Reducing clutter will also have the benefit of discouraging pests like mice.
3. Check Garden Clutter - As well as removing excess items from the house, check the garden too. Items stacked around the garden such as timbers or garden waste will encourage dampness and mould growth. Be sure to regularly tidy up and remove things when they are no longer needed.
4. Treat Mould and Mildew - Oil of Cloves will kill mould and spores on surfaces in your home. Our best selling product for treating mould is our Oil of Cloves Outdoor Surfaces Mould Cleaner which is specifically formulated for outdoor painted surfaces, concrete, brick and pavers.
Spot Test First: Always do a spot test on an inconspicuous area and leave for 24 hours overnight before treating the entire surface.
Apply Solution: Using a mop or soft-bristled brush apply the diluted Oil of Cloves solution.
Wait: Leave overnight or until dry.
Rinse: Using a high-pressure hose to remove mould particles and any product residue.
For recurring mould: When mould is a recurring issue, the Oil of Cloves solution can be applied (as above) every 6 months as prevention.
5. Prevention: Spray regularly during times of high dampness and humidity and use as a preventative at other times. Prevention is key and how often will depend on your home and your climate and you will be the best judge as to how regularly to treat your home to keep mould at bay.Weekly and daily maintenance of outdoor surfaces will keep your home looking great and in top condition.
To read more about cleaning outdoor mould see our post on 8 Practical Tips for Artificial Turf.