There’s a new enemy in my life and that’s mould.
Not just any mould though – black mould.
We live in a old house that’s not easy to heat.
And the black stuff seems to thrive in all sorts of nooks and crannies.
The Weird Cupboard In The Lounge
There’s an odd cupboard in our lounge that has no heating.
Ironically it used to be a bread oven in years gone by.
But now it’s just a dark dank space where the vacuum cleaner lives.
And it gets the full black mould effect every few weeks.
After a while anything else that lives in there starts to smell damp.
It’s not just the smell though, things start to feel damp too.
The Creature From The Black Lagoon
I know mould is a living organism.
Sometimes it feels like we’re living with the Creature From The Black Lagoon.
It lurks in dark places; not just in the weird cupboard in the lounge.
I’ve discovered one whole wall of our house is cold and wet to the touch.
The trouble that wall is in both the kids’ bedrooms.
In the corners of the rooms the black mould lurks like an assassin.
By moving furniture around I may have kept it at bay in one of the rooms.
It Keeps Coming Back
I don’t seem to be able to keep the defences intact forever though.
Whatever I do, the black stuff comes back.
Within a couple of weeks of me trying to annihilate it, the little creature shows its ugly head again.
I’m hoping that it will calm down as the weather improves.
I can’t stand cleaning up after it so often.
The ironic thing is that we don’t even own this house.
Yet I still feel compelled to get rid of the black mould for my family’s sake.
I don’t hold out much hope that our landlord will do anything about it.
Nothing Has Worked So Far
I’ve tried all kinds of branded household sprays.
But nothing seems to get rid of the black stuff.
The sprays remove it for a while but it comes back with a vengeance a few days later.
My next port of call is to get some anti mould paint.
It’s supposed to prevent even black mould from growing.
I feel skeptical about whether that will be the case.
The paint’s expensive although if it does the job, it’ll be worth it.
How Do You Deal With The Dreaded Black Mould?
Do you have problems with the black stuff in your house?
Have you been able to get rid of it?
What did you find worked for you?