Most people are already aware that it’s a good idea to periodically hire carpet cleaning companies to do a thorough and deep clean of your carpet, curtains and other soft furnishings, as dirt, moisture and dust take their toll in even the cleanest home over time. Most, however, don’t realise that making your space look nice should be the least of your worries when it comes time for a spring clean of your home or office – and that serious health conditions could be the outcome if you procrastinate when it comes to hiring domestic or corporate cleaning services.
The villain behind the health issues related to improper or irregular cleaning practices is mould – an enemy that you don’t see most of the time, but that any carpet cleaning companies will tell you is a serious threat to both your furnishings and your health. With the damp summer weather of Johannesburg settling in for the next few months, moulds will be reproducing and spreading, so it’s best to get to know your enemy, and how you can defeat it!
What is Mould?
Corporate cleaning services do a booming trade in damp conditions and during periods of heavy rainfall, because these are the conditions that mould needs to thrive. Mould is a type of fungi that requires organic material to grow, and it is therefore often found on food, clothing, wood and carpets. It also loves places in the home with a higher humidity level, such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Because moulds are microscopic, they can only be seen by the naked eye when they colonise an area and begin to spread outwards. Often, they will look like furry or fluffy patches of white, black, or bluish-green.
Mould in Buildings
Mould in the home or office may seem like a minor problem, but living in mould-rich environments has proven to be the cause of some truly shocking and unexpected health issues, including severe allergic reactions, asthma and other lung difficulties, weakened immune systems and even depression! In the building context, mould tends to build up in damp areas with bad airflow, such as in ceilings and walls, or in the foundations of the building.
What can be done about it?
There are plenty of upholstery and carpet cleaning companies who specialise in the treatment of mould. This involves diagnosing the problem, cleaning and ventilating the area, and treating the cause of dampness, if one is found.
To find out more about Clean Care Mobile’s corporate cleaning services, and how we can help you with mould problems in the home or office, get in touch via our website!
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