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Mould: Effects on your home, health and immune system. How to Prevent it? 

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What is Mould?

Fungi that grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae is usually referred to as mould. Some mould and yeasts cause diseases or food spoilage whereas other play a major role in the biodegradation of food, enzymes and beverages.

What does Mould look like?

Mould is not always easy to recognise. It often appears to be a stain, smudge or discolouration and at times looks like fuzz. The most common moulds are black, green or white. However, mould can be many other colours, ranging from grey to orange to brown.

Where does Mould Grow?

Mould is generally caused by excess moisture, it could be using excess water to clean your carpets and upholstery or a hidden water leak and excess humidity. Mould can be found on your walls, floors, appliances, carpets, furniture and tiles. Bathrooms, Kitchens, Laundry Rooms are highly susceptible to mould growth due to high humidity levels.

Effects of Mould on your Health?

Exposure to damp and mouldy environments may cause a variety of health effects or none at all. Some people are sensitive to moulds. Mould associated with damp buildings can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, wheeze, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions.
Some of the other serious health effects include those with:
-Weakened immune systems
-Allergies
-Severe asthma
-Chronic, obstructive, or allergic lung diseases.
Some extreme effects of Mould illness such as autoimmune dysfunctions, paralysis and lung disease.

Tips to prevent mould growth at home:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can.
  • Use an air conditioner during warm months to reduce humidity levels within your home.
  • Ensure your home has proper and sufficient ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Detect and fix any leaks in your roof’s walls and plumbing.
  • Call flood water extraction professionals to clean and dry your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Add mould inhibitors to paints before painting your walls.
  • Clean bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens with mould-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.
  • Call  carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning regularly to restore and keep your carpets and upholstery free of mould.
  • Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

Who Who Carpet Cleaning are Brisbane’s Best Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning professionals. Call us on 1300 946 946 or visit our website for more information on our services such as carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, flood water extraction, tile and grout cleaning, mattress cleaning and leather cleaning to name a few. We offer 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee and are extremely price competitive. 

Top 5 leather cleaning hacks

Top 5 leather cleaning hacks

A piece of leather furniture can uplift the decor of your home like no other. There is no denying that it is the most used piece of furniture at home.

You must be thinking “Obviously! Where else would I sit during my Netflix binge.”

Leather is expensive and therefore it’s best to call it an investment.

Here are our top five tips to protect your investment and increase its longevity:

1) Wipe your leather down every week:

Use a clean dry microfiber cloth and wipe down your leather. Develop the habit of wiping down regularly, this will act as a preventative measure and stop dust accumulation. If the stains are more stubborn stains, dampen your cloth with a mild shampoo and water solution and gently clean your leather. Do not use abrasive materials or scrubbers, as it will damage your leather.

 

2)Spills treatment:

Leather cleaning is a delicate process and a crucial one. In case of spills, wipe the excess away immediately with a clean cloth or sponge. Avoid using harsh detergents or cleaning solutions, if water is used to wipe the entire spot with the damp cloth.

 

3) Stains treatment:

Use mild shampoo/detergent diluted with water, only if necessary. If you are unsure, it is best to call leather cleaning professionals in. Thus, saving your leather furniture in the long run.
Oil, grime and butter stains can be minimised by wiping it down with a damp cloth. Once cleaned, leave the spot alone it will dissipate shortly.

 

4) Vacuum Regularly:

You may be wondering how do I vacuum my leather furniture? Vacuum cleaners have a soft-bristled extension, that can be used to remove dust and grime from corners and crevices. If your leather furniture allows you to lift cushions, it is best to vacuum under them as well.

 

5) Call Leather cleaning professionals:

Leather cleaning specialists have vast knowledge about leather stains and spills and other damage. They carefully examine the leather and use a specialised potent cleaning solution and technique that will help clean, restore and condition your leather upholstery.
Manufacturers recommend getting your leather furniture cleaned twice a year to maintain your leather and your warranty.

 

Leather is a natural product and requires some care to maintain the natural beauty of the hide. Call the best leather cleaning professionals in Brisbane.
Call us on 1300 946 946 or Book Now!

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