Living in a rental, mildew is often something we renters will at some stage need to tackle. I have lived in 3 different rentals and they all had problems with mildew. Mildew is a horrible mess of black spots, they usually occur in damp spots and they look dirty.
We live in a double brick house, which is great as it means the house stays warm in winter and cool in summer. The problem lies that when the curtains are shut at night the difference between the inside of the house and the window area of the room (particularly in winter when we have the heating on low) means condensation occurs, which in turn means mildew starts to congregate on both the windows, their frames and the section on the ceiling above the window.
It looks horrible and is considered harmful to health (although, touch wood, we have all been O.K), so do remove it. If you get it early, you will stop it spreading and looking really horrid at the end of winter.
How To Remove Mildew & Mildew Cleaning Tips.
Although I am not allergic to harsh chemicals I really hate how strong they are and how horrible they smell. I use a mildew remover alternative that is non-toxic.
Mildew Remover Equipment:
Mildew Remover Solution: 1 cup water (cold or hot, does not matter), 1 teaspoon eucalyptus and 1 teaspoon of methylated spirits.
1. In a bucket I generally place 4 cups of water, 4 tsp of Eucalyptus oil and 4 tsp of methylated spirits. The methylated spirits hardly smells at all, the main smell is of eucalyptus.
2. I start by cleaning the windows and their frames. I use the scourer as it removes the mould easily. Once I have cleaned the area, I use the sponge and using a fresh clean solution I wipe over the area again.
3. Then comes the hard part the ceiling. Do get prepared for a little elbow work as you do have to scrub to get the mould particles off. Again I start with the scourer, do the whole area, then get another bucket of clean solution and re wipe using the sponge. The mould will come off and you will end up up with nice clean windows and ceiling.
Mildew Cleaning Tip 1: You can put the solution into a spray bottle. I didn't as I didn't have a spray bottle. I made the solution up in a bucket and went from there.
Mildew Cleaning Tip 2: When you work on the ceiling, particularly if you use the bucket method, wear goggles. If you don't have goggles, use your sun glasses, I did and it worked o.k. Stops annoying drips going into your eyes especially if you use the bucket method.
Mildew prevention & Science Experiment.
I spotted these in Aldi the other day when I went shopping and thought I would give them a go. They are a moisture absorber. According to the instructions they are a quick and easy way to eradicate moisture and improve air quality. I have placed one on the bookcase just under the ceiling where the mildew was the worst and I placed the second in the middle of the window area.
I have also heard that dehumidifiers work very well to remove moisture from a room. Will keep you informed via Facebook and blog.
Stay tuned to my blog and I will let you know if they work.
Hope this information was helpful, good luck with your mildew problems.