SheBuilds on Holiday – Maintenance

SheBuilds on Holiday – Maintenance

If you are anything like me it’s difficult to relax 100% of the time.

Even when caravanning on the #Surf Coast for the New Year’s holiday. So this week’s maintenance tip is inspired by the maintenance needed on our caravan.
It must have been a bit damp when we last rolled out the annexe on the van as we’ve discovered it’s now scattered with mould spots.

If you are anything like me it’s difficult to relax 100% of the time.

Even when caravanning on the #Surf Coast for the New Year’s holiday. So this week’s maintenance tip is inspired by the maintenance needed on our caravan.
It must have been a bit damp when we last rolled out the annexe on the van as we’ve discovered it’s now scattered with mould spots.

Prevention is the best cure.

However, if like us, the mould has snuck up on you over the past year the new year is a great time to deal with it.
Aside from the fact that I reckon it would be bad Feng Shui to let it linger, mould begets mould and it can have health consequences especially if you or anyone you knows littlies or oldies have allergies, asthma or lung issues.

Ultimately the answer is elbow grease.

You can just use hot, soapy water, scrub it off and ensure the surface is dry and remains dry.
However it can be helped along with some commercial assistance using #Selley’s mould killer which you can get in the cleaning aisle at #Woolies or the like.
But take care, use it with ventilation and send the kiddies out to play, it’s pretty strong stuff.

A natural alternative is to make up a mould solution yourself.

Using clove oil and some say tea tree or eucalypt oil add 3-5 decent drops to a 250ml spray bottle.  Or be more liberal if filling a bucket to scrub with.
Wear gloves and if working above your own head consider some safety glasses, you don’t want to get the mould or cleaning solution in your eyes or inhale it as you scrub it off.

About Suzanne Commerford

Suzanne has stepped out from behind the desk of Australia's largest home inspection business to build the skills, confidence and independence of women to tackle maintenance and home improvement projects around the home.

2 Comments

  • Ellen Commerford says:

    Yes i agree with the Oil of Cloves, Its used at a small beach house which becomes damp in winter and I find Oil of Cloves (purchesed in the Dental section of super market or chemist shop) mixed with a damp past of Bi- Carb Soda, left to take hold, them sprayed with white vinigar. Wipe clean, it kills the mold not bleaching it, work great. But it is a bit of work.

    • Hi Ellen! thanks for visiting and reading!!! Elbow grease is most often the answer but its still second best to prevention!

      Oil of Cloves is magic stuff. I had a dentist with a Chinese cultural background up in the Kimberley and when he did my wisdom teeth he put Oil of Cloves onto some gauze and packed that into the spot the wisdom teeth were. Healed up beautifully and numbed everything.

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