Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Big Wet and Mould

It has been very very wet around here for weeks now but nothing like the storm we had on Thursday night.  The coast areas received over 300mm of rain in just a couple of hours which caused flooding that no one here had seen before.

Here is some footage of the flooding in Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.


With all the wet and because we are in a semi tropical area it is also warm and humid, perfect weather for mould spores to grow on pretty much anything.

Mould is very destructive, ruining textiles, leather, woodwork and even your health if it is not dealt with.  At our local pharmacy they have a pile of photocopies of an article from a local newspaper warning of the dangers of allowing mould to run unchecked in your home.


It states -
"Health experts and microbiologists are urging people to be vigilant with mould control due to the serious health risks associated with prolonged mould exposure".

I already knew that mould can cause health risks but the part that I was interested in was that you can use Oil of Cloves to kill mould spores.  Down the right-hand side of the article it advises "Add a quarter of a teaspoon of oil (of cloves) to a litre of water in a spray bottle, lightly mist it over the fabric" but I'm sure you could use it on other surfaces too.  The Oil of Cloves doesn't just bleach the mould spores so you can't see them but it actually kills the spores and prevents them from growing back.

"For mouldy surfaces that don't like water (like leather shoes etc) add a 1/4 teaspoon of oil of cloves to 500ml baby oil, give it a good shake and wipe a few drops of it over the shoes."

I haven't tried this yet but I think it sounds promising.

Chez

1 comment:

  1. hard to believe the video...its amazing coverage...really spins me out....the mould item it very good as mould can be very hard to get rid of and is very unhealthy....oil of cloves sounds much better then mould remover from the shops...you take the lid of that stuff and it just about knocks you over...yuk

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