Day: March 17, 2017

Why Wet and Unclean Upholstery will lead to Mould

Buying And Selling

Upholstery includes those types of furniture that are covered in cloth. This covers foam fabric that very easily will absorb all sorts of humidity and filth. If not taken care of, it might produce mold.

It is very important, then to take care of your upholstery and keep liquids away from it. Let us share with you why is it that wet and unclean upholstery will eventually lead to mould and what are some things you can do to prevent this.

What is mould?

Mould, or mold, is a type of fungus that grows under the proper conditions.  They usually grow as a structure called hyphae which causes a change in coloration of the surface being affected, especially foods.  There are thousands of species of moulds and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  But there is one thing that they all have in common:  They all need water to survive.  So, if you provide a wet surface for these organisms to develop, they will start to multiply and form the well-known colonies of hyphae.  How do they get to your upholstery, you wonder?  That is very simple.  These organisms are air-borne, just waiting for a surface to cling to and multiply.

What else makes mould to grow on your upholstery?

Besides water, mould needs food and oxygen.  Getting the oxygen is not a problem since, well, the air has plenty.  In order to get food, what the fungus does is that it eats food from a host.  We see the formation of mould on wood a lot since this can be decomposed.  In other words, mould will find a surface to decompose and grow on.

Do these conditions sound familiar to you?  Mould has the ability to grow on your upholstery which might have hairs, debris, and dirt, all favorable conditions for this organism to grow.  This is why you should not bring humidity nor let your couches and seats get water in them.

How to get rid of mould

If you want your carpet or upholstery cleaned up, you should call professionals to help you out.  The upholstery cleaning Toronto service will keep your surfaces clean without humidifying and promoting the growth of fungi.  Now, assuming that you already have mould growing, the following are some things you can do to get rid of it:

  1. Take the item outside and dust it off.
  2. Brush the surface with a hard brush.  Wash the brush after using it.
  3. Vacuum thoroughly.   This will get rid of any spores left behind.
  4. Prepare equal parts of water and alcohol and dampen a cloth the solution.  Rub the areas where you see mould or mildew spots.  Try no to use too much water.
  5. Leave the item outside for it to receive sunlight.  If this is not possible, put it under a fan.
  6. Smell your upholstery or carpet to see if still smells “mouldy”.  If it does, spray it lightly with an insecticide.

 

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