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How To Keep Your Student House Mould-Free

Zoe Kramer January 23, 2023

Unfortunately, mould is pretty common in student houses. If you spot mould in your house, you won’t want to ignore it — it can cause respiratory issues down the line as well as damage the property. Prevention is important, too. Even if it’s not visible now, it can easily become a problem if you’re not careful. So here are some easy ways that you can keep your home clean, safe, and mould-free.

Ventilation

One of the easiest ways to prevent mould from growing is to maintain a house that is well-ventilated. Opening windows and doors throughout your home regularly allows moisture to escape and drafts to come in and dry any wet spots. This is easier to do in the summer than the winter, but try to open your windows for at least a few minutes, even in the colder months.

Vacuuming

Another great way to keep mould out of furniture and carpets is by vacuuming them. Not only will it help reduce moisture, but it also keeps your home clean from dirt and debris. For common areas in your home, try to employ a cleaning schedule so that these spaces are vacuumed regularly, and the responsibility is divided evenly amongst your housemates.

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Mould Killers

If you have mould growing already, you can purchase any number of household products designed to kill it. These are relatively inexpensive and can save you quite a bit of trouble down the line. These may require cautionary measures such as gloves, so always read the instructions before use.

Fans

Turning on fans is another great way to air out a room and keep it dry. If you have a fan in your bathroom, always turn it on before you shower in order to prevent moisture from getting into the walls and ceiling. Ceiling fans throughout the house can also be useful. Be sure and keep fans clean, as this helps keep them functioning as they are supposed to.

Dehumidifiers

Finally, if your student house mould is growing despite these other tactics, you might want to consider a dehumidifier. These vary in price depending on their size and water intake, but they can be well worth the money. A dehumidifier will absorb the moisture in the room and trap it. All you have to do is empty out the water whenever it gets full. This will leave your home dry and free of damp spots.

See also: How Many Housemates Should You Live With?

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Zoe Kramer is a full-time staff writer on Freshered. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2022 with a BA in Journalism, Media and English Literature. During her time in university, she worked for her student newspaper as well as completing an internship with a book publisher. She has also written and continues to write book and theatre reviews. She is excited to now be pursuing a career as a journalist and learning something new every day. In particular, she loves writing about student life, books, the Internet, and travel. Originally from the United States, she is enjoying living abroad in the UK.