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Tips on keeping mould at bay

We are so used to mould in our wet and humid climate that we are unperturbed if we see black stains on the window frames, walls or ceilings.
Asia One - March 21, 2013
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Tips on keeping mould at bay

SINGAPORE - We are so used to mould in our wet and humid climate that we are unperturbed if we see black stains on the window frames, walls or ceilings.

And yet mould is not only unsightly, but also bad for the health.

It can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and phlegm, wheezing and shortness of breath - in other words, all kinds of allergic reactions.

I had to clean up some black patches on the wall below my air-conditioner recently.

The same problem occurred in my bathroom. They were patches of mould.

If you are wondering what mould is, it is actually a form of fungus, usually black or white, though it can be any colour.

It looks like a stain, and you would most likely spot it on window sills, carpets and particularly on the walls in steamy areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry areas.

It thrives on moisture, so you should check your home for excessive condensation. The moisture may be due to humidity, a lack of ventilation, steam or moisture in the air from bathing and cooking or a roof leak.

There are simple things you can do to prevent mould. The easiest way is to open a window or turn on the fan. The idea is to dry out the wet or damp areas.

When cooking, leave the kitchen window open or switch on the exhaust fan. Let the fan run for a few minutes after you have finished cooking. Do the same after you have finished bathing.

And if there is a hoarder in your home, warn him that stored stuff in closets can be the source of household mould. You also have to be serious about not creating indoor moisture. So hanging laundry indoors to dry is out.

Also check your roof gutters and downspouts to see that they are not choked. Clear them regularly especially during this spell of wet weather.

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