How to prevent mould in your wardrobe
Mould is good for a few things but when it affects your house and furniture, it isn’t a welcome guest. No matter how clean your home, there are various causes which allow mould to develop, and the effects are irritating. Here are some tips on mould prevention, with a particular focus on wardrobes and the contents inside.
Where does mould come from?
Mould develops in areas that are periodically damp and suffer poor ventilation. It’s more common to have mould in winter with windows shut and heaters on. However, it can happen at any time of year. A musty smell will occur in a property as a result of mould. On contents, it’s noted by a change of colour and patches where the mould has eaten away at clothing fabrics. Most commonly mould likes cotton and linens because they contain cellulose. Mould on clothes and other contents items is indicative of elevated atmospheric conditions and not wet or damp structures. Their food source can be oil from your skin.
How to prevent mould?
As soon as you see mould on clothes inside your wardrobe it has to be removed. This must happen in a controlled manner usually at the dry cleaners. Here are some ways you can prevent it:
- A lot of clothes pushed up together in a wardrobe minimises the air flow. This results in poor air circulation and would enable the mould to grow and spread easily. Consider options to reduce the number of contents in order to improve air circulation.
- Improve ventilation in the property by opening windows where possible. Leave the wardrobe doors open allowing for circulation of clean fresh air.
- We would recommend fitting static vent plates to the top and bottom of the wardrobe, especially to units fitted against colder exterior walls. The vents will introduce and expel air from the room into and out of the wardrobes. This will create a balanced atmosphere within the unit and the room it is in. Without vents, the still air in the cupboard cools and, with colder exterior walls, can lead to the right conditions for mould to develop.
- Once you’ve washed your clothes, don’t be tempted to put them away before they are dry. Damp clothes can attract mould faster than if they were dry.
- With stand-alone wardrobes, consider setting off the cooler walls to make sure there is a sufficient gap behind for air circulation. Again, this will improve ventilation and reduce the potential for mould to develop.
- Once you understand that mould on contents is driven by internal atmospheric conditions, anything you can do to prevent excess condensation always helps. Simple things like closing the bathroom door during and after showering until the air has exited via a vent or window will help stop the spread of excess humidity through your home. If you have extractor fans you should always use them. It’s especially important when showering and cooking, and any window trickle vents fitted should always be open.
- An extractor unit fitted next to or in a window will draw fresh air in when opened and expel it straight away. Always ensure you close the window when operating the unit to ensure maximum capability.
Mould is a nuisance particularly when it is affecting clothes in a wardrobe. The good news is you can easily prevent it with our top tips.