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Know the 4 triggers of mould and mildew growth

A high level of humidity in your home can trigger the growth of mould and mildew because fungi thrives in warm, moist and poorly ventilated areas. Get to the root of problem by checking on these four things/ areas of your home:

1. LEAKS
Mould and fungi grow in water puddles caused by leaky faucets or ceilings. When they multiply in number, they give off a strong odour.

2. CARPETS AND RUGS
Pretty much every kind of dirt can be trapped in their fibres. If left uncleaned for a long time, these floor coverings can develop an unpleasant smell.

3. DAMP WOOD
Watch out for puddles of water on any wood surface, because mould will definitely grow and give off a musty scent.

4. WARM AND MOIST AREAS
Bathrooms and kitchens are among mould’s favourite havens. When you see yellowish or greenish stains on the surfaces in these areas, expect a smell to follow if these are not cleaned off immediately.

What you can do...
+ Invest in a dehumidifier to lower humidity, and stop the growth of mould and mildew to neutralise musty smells.
+ Install ventilation fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas to get rid of humidity.
+ Let sunlight and fresh breeze in as much as you can. These will clean and deodorise things that cannot go into the wash, such as mattresses and books.
+ Spray a solution of water and white vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil or lemon juice.

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