When you clean your home, you probably have it down to some type of routine: Tidying up and wiping down set spots in each room. But if that’s the case, it means that you might be missing some hidden mould growth. Here are the spots you should check on a regular basis to make sure that’s not happening.
What causes mould to grow?
Mould can grow indoors or outdoors, as long as there’s moisture. It’s really not too picky about the surface, and can be found on or in wallpaper, bathroom tiles, grout, cardboard, ceiling tiles, paper products, upholstery, drywall, fabric, wood, insulation, dust, paint, and carpet. Mould is especially common anywhere that has flooded, or near leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes.
Signs of hidden mould
- A damp, musty smell
- Standing water
- Allergy or asthma flare-ups
- Warped walls
- Bubbling or peeling paint
Hidden spots to check for mould in your home
- Window frames, and the entire area around windows
- The surface of walls behind furniture
- Under the kitchen and bathroom sink
- Inside books
- Under and around the water heater
- Inside the air conditioner
- Around the dishwasher
- Inside filing cabinets
- Under and behind the refrigerator and water line
- On washing machine seals
- Under floor mats
- In potted plants
- Around the toilet base
- Shower and tub areas
- In or around the toothbrush holder
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