19 January 2011

Oil of Clove for Mould

I have been hearing a lot about Oil of Clove for Mould - I have gone out and got a bottle, mixed it up and intend to use it this weekend.

We don't have any mould at the new house but I thought it might be a good way to deter it.

From what I understand it wont get rid of the stain of mould but it does kill the spores and they wont grow back. Chemical cleaners get rid of the stain but not the spores (if you can follow that).

I found this great article on ABC's website check it out Flood clean up tips from Shannon Lush

With water comes mold, one of the most stubborn offenders to clean up. According to the cleaning genius of Shannon Lush, there are two main weapons; salt and oil of cloves.

To remove mold from soft furnishings, canvas and outside areas (where the salt won't end up in the garden), mix one kilogram of ordinary house salt into one bucket of water. Wash the affected surface, wait until the salt crust forms and brush off with a broom.

But Shannon says the best killer of mould is oil of cloves, available from the chemist or supermarket.

To use oil of cloves as a mold remover:

  • Add half a teaspoon of oil of cloves to 1 litre of water - no more than that.
  • Put it into a spray bottle, spray the surface and leave for 20 minutes.
  • Wipe the surface clean, then re-spray and leave it.It will take between 24 to 48 hours for the mould spores to die and drop off.
If you need to clean your carpet and get rid of the smell caused by water damage, Shannon has a special concoction for steam cleaners:

Use half the amount of soap recommended in the instructions for your steam cleaner, and add the following:
  • half a cup each of of bi-carb soda, white vinegar and methylated spiritsTwo teaspoons each of eucalyptus oil and glycerine.
  • Steam clean your carpet as usual.

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