If you have framed wall art prints or photos in your homes or you're thinking of buying some, it will be good to know about mildew.
These are the nasty growths you might have seen behind wall art prints you have or have seen and they’re actually quite common especially in humid Singapore.
Mildew is a specific type of mold. It thrives in warm and moist environments typically growing on organic or plant-based objects such as wood. Unlike the mold we know that grows on food, mildew has a flat growth that remains only on the surface. This makes it much easier to remove.
They do look gross and you may be tempted to just dispose your wall frames in the bin. But they’re actually quite easy to get rid of.
With the help of washing soda you'll be able to get rid of those nasty things. Just dissolve the washing soda in water – about 2.5 tablespoons for a litre of water. Don’t use too much of it. You want the solution to be a mild alkali.
Or if you happen to have distilled white vinegar lying around, you can make use of that. Vinegar helps in deodorising the smell of mildew.
Wipe down your wall frame with the vinegar or the washing soda solution gently, using a soft cloth to get the mildew off. Following that, wipe it down again with water and allow the frame to dry thoroughly before using it again. Repeat the steps as needed.
These 4 simple steps will help fight mildew before it appears.
Keep your area and objects clean. Anything that is greasy or acidic will make it more likely for mildew to grow.
Get rid of excess moisture in the air using dehumidifiers. Humid conditions create the perfect environment for mildew to grow in.
Allow for good airflow in your homes. Open up your doors and windows, This is a simple way to ensure that moisture does not accumulate.
Remember those Silica gel that comes with some of your purchases? They’re great for absorbing moisture in the air. Just be sure to keep them out of your children/ pets’ reach.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure so you might want to adopt some of these steps early.
You shouldn’t be too worried about the growth of mildew on your wall frames as long as you follow this guide.
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