DIY Moss and Mould Removal vs. Professional Solutions: What You Need to Know

Worker removing mould from a wall using a sprayer with mould remediation chemicals.

Moss and mould are known to creep into homes and workspaces uninvited and often grow sporadically from the time you first notice them. They leave unsightly stains and prove to be tough to clean off surfaces, indoors or out, not to mention the potential health problems that they can cause. While small patches here and there are manageable, tackling a more significant, stubborn area can be a big task, especially when going it alone.

This begs the question: Should you DIY it or leave it to the professionals?

This blog will guide you through the ins and outs of DIY moss and mould removal compared to the solutions AR Plus provides with our moss and mould treatments. We’ll cover the factors to consider, safety precautions, and the best approach for your specific situation.

Understanding the Enemy: Moss vs. Mould

The terms moss and mould are often used interchangeably, but they are both distinct. Moss, a plant-like organism, flourishes in damp, shaded areas. It is generally harmless but damages surfaces like concrete, structures, and roofs if left unchecked. Mould, on the other hand, is a spore-releasing fungus that triggers allergies and respiratory problems. Pinpointing what you are dealing with will be the first step in deciding the best course of action to take.

When DIY Moss and Mould Treatments Can Be Applied

A DIY approach can be practical if you have a small patch of moss or mould on glass, plastic, tiles, or any other non-porous surface.

Here is why…

  • It’s a budget-friendly option: A small bottle of mould treatment is readily available at building supply stores, homeware outlets, and grocery stores. These products are significantly cheaper than the treatments professionals use.

Tip: Opt for eco-friendly formulas and follow application instructions carefully.

  • Convenience at its best: If it’s a small spot, it can be handled at a time that suits you without waiting for a professional.

Tip: After cleaning, ensure proper ventilation and address any underlying moisture issues to prevent mould from returning.

DIY Drawbacks

While we can’t fault DIY methods, they do have their limitations.

For example…

  • Limited effectiveness: When dealing with a large area with very porous surfaces like drywall or areas with deep-seated mould, a DIY approach may not be tough enough to eradicate the infestation.
  • Safety concerns: Mould spores can be hazardous. If you suffer from allergies or respiratory ailments, it is best to seek professional help, as they have the equipment and training needed to minimise exposure. Not to mention, breathing in harmful chemicals like anti-mould sprays harms your health, can irritate the skin and eyes, or cause a rash. Wearing the right protective gear is something that most DIYers overlook.
  • Hidden damage: Mould can and often does work its way behind walls and within building materials. DIY methods only deal with visible surface mould, and a DIY approach may not reach the entire affected areas, meaning you’ll be left with continued problems.
  • Further damage: Using the wrong product or technique can damage the underlying surface or even spread the mould spores.

A professional in overalls processes the walls from mould with a brush.

When to Call in the Professionals

DIY is a good starting point, but a professional is needed in some situations.

Here’s when to call in the experts…

  • Extensive growth: If the moss or mould spans a large area and doing it yourself becomes a big undertaking, then professional help will be more effective and more reliable in ensuring all of the moss and mould is removed properly.
  • Hidden mould: Mould lurks in places not visible to the naked eye, like tucked away behind walls or under floors. A professional team that provides moss and mould treatments has the tools and expertise to locate the growth and remove the hidden mould, too.
  • Health worries: If you are prone to allergies or respiratory issues, avoid spreading mould spores and call on the professionals who come with the proper training and equipment to keep everyone safe.
  • Unknown types of mould: Certain types of mould, such as black mould, are very dangerous and require a specialist approach.
  • Porous surfaces: Mould easily and quickly penetrates porous materials like drywall, and professionals have proven tools and techniques for removing mould and stopping further growth within the material.

5 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Moss and Mould Removal Service

  1. Know-how: Experts have the knowledge and experience to identify the type of moss and mould and apply the needed solutions.
  2. Safety first: Proper safety equipment is always used to protect the workers and you from harmful chemicals and spores.
  3. Efficiency: The experts devise a plan to get the job done quickly and effectively, reducing any disruption to your daily routines.
  4. Long-term solutions: The pros will address the underlying cause of moss and mould and stop future growth.
  5. Peace of mind: When dealing with anything that can impact your health negatively, it is always reassuring to know that the job is done correctly with minimal risk when handled by a professional.

AR Plus professional in protective wear applies a moss and mould treatment to the exterior of a property.

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Unsure About Moss and Mould Removal?

For large areas, hidden mould, or health concerns, call the experts at AR Plus.

Breathe easy with a professional mould and moss-free home.

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