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A guide to condensation, damp and mould

Dealing with mould

Mould can grow on walls, ceilings, furnishings and even on clothes and toys. Dealing with condensation and mould growth is not easy. Only carrying out one or two of the steps (below) may not solve your problem, you need to do as much as possible every day. Once a balance has been achieved your situation should improve over time.

  • carefully remove excess mould with a damp cloth and dispose - do not disturb mould by brushing or vacuum cleaning as this can increase the risk of respiratory problems
  • wipe down affected areas using a fungicidal wash or diluted bleach - remember always use rubber gloves and wear safety glasses
  • do not paint over any mould using an ordinary paint as it's likely to grow back, use a fungicidal paint instead
  • dry clean affected clothes and shampoo carpets where necessary

Advice for Tenants:

  • your landlord should not make unreasonable demands; for example, asking you to dry your clothes outside when you don't have access to outdoor space
  • contact your landlord or Letting Agent should the mould persist despite all efforts to prevent or treat it

Landlords should:

  • work with the tenants to determine the cause of the problem
  • carry out repairs to make good any defects identified at the property
  • after treatment arrange for redecorate using a specialist bathroom or kitchen paint, and if wallpapering the area make sure to use a good quality paste with an anti-fungicidal additive
  • where possible do not use wallpaper in bathrooms and kitchens and provide mechanical ventilation with a humidity sensor.
Last modified on 15 November 2023

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