How to Prevent Appearance of Mould in Your Office?
Mould is common name given to various fungi that thrive in damp environment. Mould is a potential health risk – it can cause nausea, allergies, to aggravate asthma symptoms in asthma sufferers. Mould growth can reflect on overall comfort of your employees and even – lower the productivity and increase the rate of sickness in your office. Mould can also deteriorate natural and man-made materials such as wood, fabric, can affect the walls and ceilings and cause property damage.
Today we decided to share with you some tips on preventing mould growth in your office building.
Which Areas in Your Office Building Are Most Prone to Mould Appearance?
Certain areas and rooms in your office are more humid than the rest of the building and therefore – more vulnerable to appearance of mold.
As we said in our previous article, the lobby is the area where people enter your office. Visitor from outside walk in with wet clothes and shoes, especially in winter. Keep the lobby warm and the ventilation running to lower humidity in this area. The carpets and mats in the foyer should be cleaned regularly to eliminate mould spores coming from outside.
The Office’s Kitchen/Break room
Whether small or large break room in the office is also prone to mold. Don’t leave boiling kettles unattended – vapours from the tea pot, coffee machine and hot water can condensate on widows and walls in office break room, creating the perfect conditions for mildew and mould growth. Sink and fridge in office kitchen should also be sanitised properly. Employees have to throw away any food or beverage that has been in the fridge longer than a week, to prevent mould growth inside.
Cafeteria in office buildings is a perfect place for appearance of mold – heat and moisture from cooking and availability of food supplies favour the development of bacteria. The ventilation has to work impeccably. The office cafeteria should be regularly cleaned, preferably – with fungicide detergents to prevent mould and mildew appearance.
The office bathroom is another area with high humidity levels. Bathrooms should be cleaned on daily basis using fungicidal product, with ventilation running 24/7 to prevent condensation and mould appearance.
How to Prevent Mould Appearance?
There are various types of mould spores but all of them need air and certain levels of humidity to grow. You can’t prevent them from entering the building, however you can lower the risk of mildew and mould growth by controlling the humidity and condensation in the office and properly sanitising the humid areas. Here is how to deal with dampness in the building:
- Conduct regular preventive maintenance of ventilation, canalisation, and water pipes.
- Keep constant temperature in the building to avoid condensation.
- Invest in quality humidifiers and place them in areas with the highest levels of humidity.
- Fix the roof as well as water leaks. Insulate the walls of the building.
- Seal window and door frames to keep the office warm and isolated.
- Corners, ceilings, crevices in the walls, spots around air vents and water pipers should be checked regularly for early signs of mould growth.
- Hire professional office cleaning company and schedule regular visits.