Occasional Mould On Floors
If we keep our hardwood floors under reasonable conditions, moderate humidity and temperatures, and if we do not subject them to abrasion, then there will be few problems, and they will last for years. But occasionally faulty plumbing or ground moisture will cause mould to grow on even the best quality timber. This should be promptly removed. Mould that is not attended to may be just an eyesore, but sometimes if can lead to serious rot in the timber.
Warning signs of moisture or mould:
- Pay attention to the look of the floor. If there is discolouration or other changes then the timber may have a moisture problems, leading to mould.
- Are there unexplained health problems? If residents of the home suffer red and itchy eyes, repertory problems, headaches, cognitive problems or any aggravation of allergies, then there may be mould in the house, including the floor.
- Are there any musty smells in the home? If this appears gradually then it may go unnoticed. Bu this is a symptom of mould, mildew or fungi.
- Do the timber floors warp? Then there is a moisture problem, leading to potential mould problems.
Treatment of mould on Timber floors:
- Wear eye and hand protection when cleaning mould. This means safety glasses and rubber gloves.
- Use a mould cleaner, or a dilute chlorine solution to clean mould. Chlorine can be mixed with water (10 parts water to I part chlorine) as a fairly good mould removing solution.
- Read the instructions and warning labels on any commercial cleaning product.
- Spray the cleaning solution on the mould infested area and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. The wipe with an old rag.
- Use a stiff bristle brush to remove any stubborn surface mould.
- Remove the cleaning solution as soon as the mould is cleaned off.
- Test the area that seem to be infected with a small screwdriver or similar metal probe. If the wood feels spongy, or if it crumbles, then the mould is probably deep. This means the timber is badly damaged and will need to be replaced.
The floor can be restored by replacing individual timber planks.
- Use sandpaper (100 to 120 grit) to remove mould that is not too deep. The reapply the anti-mould/chlorine solution.
After Mould Treatment
- Clean the area with dilute bleach. Mix 1 part bleach to 8 parts water.
- Dry out the room(s) with heaters and fans.
- Ventilate the room by opening windows and doors.
- Re-sand the previously mouldy areas with fine sandpaper (200 grit), restoring the smooth surface.
- Reapply wood finish and Polish the floors.
Floating Timber Floors Sydney
It is not too difficult to replace individual planks on a floating floor. This removes mould damaged areas. Bu the source of the moisture also needs to be removed.
Timber floors are long lasting and resilient. But mould can occasionally be an issue. Address and suspected mould at the first sign of trouble.