How to Spot & Remove Orange Mould in your Property

What Is Orange Mould?

Orange mould is a fungus that grows in warm, damp environments such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Due to its orange or reddish colour, this mould is frequently misidentified as rust. It is important to be able to identify orange mould in your home, as well as its causes and effective ways to prevent its growth. In some cases, a professional mould remediation service will be required.  

What Is the Cause of Orange Mould? 

 Orange mould thrives in warm, moist environments and can grow on a variety of surfaces such as walls, floors, and ceilings.  

Common causes of orange mould growth include: 

  •  Poor ventilation can result in high levels of humidity, which creates an ideal environment for mould growth. 
  •  Water Damage: Water damage from leaks or floods can provide the ideal environment for mould growth. 
  •  Organic materials, such as wood, paper, and fabrics, can serve as a food source for mould growth. 

How to spot Orange Mould? 

 Orange mould is relatively simple to identify. Some warning signs include: 

  • Colour: Orange mould, as the name suggests, is orange or reddish.
  • Look: A slimy texture that can appear shiny. 
  • Smell: A musty or earthy odour. 

Preventing the Growth of Orange Mould: Preventing the growth of orange mould in your home is critical to maintaining a healthy living environment before the need for a professional mould remediation service.  

Some effective methods for preventing the spread include: 

  • Improve Ventilation: Proper ventilation is essential for mould prevention. Install exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen that are vented outside. 
  • Repair Water Leaks: Water leaks can provide an ideal environment for mould growth. Any leaks should be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Maintain Humidity Levels: Keep your home’s humidity level between 30% and 50%. To maintain optimal humidity levels, use a dehumidifier.
  • Cleaning regularly can help to prevent mould growth. Clean surfaces and areas prone to mould growth with mould-killing products. 

If left unchecked, orange mould can pose a health risk. Identifying the causes, signs, and preventive measures can help you keep mould at bay in your property. If you are struggling to remove mould or prevent it from returning, AllAces Cleaning & Restoration are here to help with all your mould remediation needs.  

How to Clean Orange Mould

To clean orange mould, follow these steps:

  1. Safety First: Wear protective gear, including gloves, a mask, and goggles. This is important to avoid inhaling spores or getting mould on your skin.
  2. Ventilation: Ensure the area is well-ventilated—open windows and doors to allow air circulation.
  3. Identify the Mold: Confirm it’s orange mould. It’s typically slimy and found in damp areas.
  4. Prepare Cleaning Solution: Mix a solution of one part bleach to three parts water. Alternatively, for a non-chemical option, you can use distilled white vinegar.
  5. Apply the Solution: Apply the cleaning solution to the mouldy area with a spray bottle or a sponge. Ensure the area is thoroughly soaked.
  6. Let it Sit: Allow the solution to sit for at least 10 minutes. This gives it time to penetrate and kill the mould spores.
  7. Scrub the Area: Use a brush or sponge to scrub the area, removing the mould. Be gentle to avoid damaging the surface.
  8. Rinse Thoroughly: After scrubbing, rinse the area well with water.
  9. Dry the Area: Make sure the area is completely dry. Mold thrives in moisture, so eliminating any dampness is crucial.
  10. Dispose of Materials: Safely dispose of any sponges or cloths used to clean the mould to avoid spreading spores.

Remember, if the mould area is extensive or if you’re unsure about handling it yourself, it’s advisable to consult a professional.

Why hire a professional? 

AllAces Cleaning & Restoration conduct all our mould remediation services in accordance with the ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard for Professional Mould Remediation. Safeguard the well-being of your family and/or employees by allowing qualified technicians to properly treat the mould in your home or building.  

Our technicians are experts in the field, with training from both the IICRC and the Australian College of Environmental Studies. The correct equipment, handled by professionals, throughout a complete, comprehensive remediation strategy provides the most effective mould removal solution.  

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What type of mould is dangerous? 

Black mould, also known as Stachybotrys Chartarum, can be dangerous to humans. It produces mycotoxins that can cause respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. It’s important to address any mould growth in homes, especially if it is black mould. 

Will mould keep coming back? 

The mould will keep coming back if the underlying moisture problem is not addressed. It’s important to identify and fix the source of moisture before attempting to remove the mould. Otherwise, the mould will likely return. 

Where can mould grow?  

Mould can grow in areas with high humidity or moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and around windows. It can also grow on materials such as wood, carpet, drywall, and fabric. Any area that is damp and poorly ventilated is at risk for mould growth. 

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