Protecting your cars interior from mildew and mould growth
Mould, also sometimes referred to as mildew, is a fungal growth that develops on wet materials. Mould is a natural part of the environment and plays an essential role in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees; mould growth in a cars interior should be avoided at all costs. The best way to prevent mildew and mould growth is to ensure the garage in which they are stored has the correct humidity.
Mould is a microscopic organism that requires the following to grow
- Any organic material (for example, wood, paper and leather)
Take control of mould growth
Mould is found everywhere and can grow on almost any substance where moisture is present. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents. When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. Water vapour commonly condenses on surfaces cooler than the moisture-laden air, enabling mould to flourish.
Mould usually destroys whatever it grows on as it gradually digests it. Mould also releases tiny spores that can travel through the air; these spores often have mycotoxins and allergens attached to them. It is the mycotoxins and allergens that can affect our health and cause allergic reactions.
Protect moisture-prone environments
Removing mould once it has started to grow is not impossible but requires a more permanent solution than simply using a homemade cleaner such as vinegar or bicarbonate of soda. These do not tackle the cause of the mould or the moisture source; therefore are not a long term solution to your mould or mildew problems.
The best way to ensure you permanently get rid of your mould problems is to prevent moisture build-up by controlling the air’s moisture.