In Focus

Mould Prevention Guide

Teleisha Thomas

Teleisha Thomas

June 2022
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The key to preventing mould growth is to reduce dampness and increase ventilation. Follow the guide below for tips to prevent mould growth in all areas of the home.

General Tips:

  1. Keep windows and walls dry inside the home by:
    • Ventilating rooms with open windows or doors or by using extractor fans
    • Wiping away condensation
    • Heating rooms with dry heat
  2. Ensure good ventilation at all times.
  3. Furniture should not be pushed up against walls. This creates a dark airless area.

Lounge/Family Room:

  1. Carpets/rugs should be regularly aired and cleaned to prevent mould.
  2. Let the sun into your room by opening curtains and blinds during the day.
  3. Open windows and doors when possible to help with ventilation.
  4. Do not have too many indoor plants.
  5. Avoid clutter and ensure that regular cleaning is conducted; dirt and dust are a contributing factor to mould growth.


  1. Some types of cooking generate a large amount of steam. Run the exhaust or range hood fan to prevent the build-up of steam indoors. Also open the windows where possible.
  2. Try using lids on pots and saucepans to avoid steam build-up.
  3. Ensure exhaust fan or range hood is cleaned regularly to avoid blockages.


  1. When you take a hot bath or shower, run the exhaust fan to prevent build-up of moisture on the ceiling and walls.
  2. Open the bathroom windows afterwards to allow moisture to escape.
  3. Ensure the exhaust fan is clean and clear of dust at all times.
  4. Clean and dry surfaces that get wet regularly.
  5. When filling your bath, add cold first, this reduces the steam produced.


  1. Dry your clothes and shoes thoroughly before you put them away.
  2. If you use a clothes dryer with a vent at the front, open a window so that moisture doesn’t build up on the walls and ceilings.
  3. Dry clothes outdoors or in a cool area of the premises – the latter suggestion may sound strange as it will take longer, however less moisture will be held in the air at any one time.

Bedrooms & Cupboards:

  1. Open curtains and blinds to warm rooms with sunlight.
  2. Keep cupboards and bedrooms uncluttered and well ventilated.
  3. Maintain good air movement in storage areas.

Contact your dedicated Property Manager if you would like additional advice.

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