Mold is an unsightly presence in your home (especially after all you’ve done to keep it clean!). If left unattended, it can potentially cause health problems, but its effects vary from person to person. Some people are more sensitive to the presence of mold than others. Nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye and sometimes skin irritation are common symptoms experienced. People who have an allergic reaction to mold or are already suffering from certain respiratory diseases are prone to more serious illness. Generally, all types of mold can potentially be harmful whether toxic or not (in addition to messing up your window).

What causes mold in the first place? It is usually brought about through the presence of heat, moisture and organic material. When organic material such as insects and plants (or plant derived matter such as paper or cardboard) mix with moisture under humid conditions, mold can thrive.Aluminium and vinyl window frames are not causes of mold in themselves, only when they are contaminated by organic material as mentioned earlier. Bathroom windows are prone to mold infestation as people often take warm showers.

How can mold be prevented or eliminated? This can be done by controlling the level of organic material, moisture and humidity in the area. Keep your window surface as clean as possible and allow air to circulate by using ceiling fans or reducing the amount of window covering at night. You can also keep your windows open if possible. After showering, remember to turn on the exhaust fan. If you do not have one then leave the window open after showering until the humidity level returns to normal. Sometimes it might be difficult to control the level of humidity in the area, therefore simply wipe the windows with a dry cloth. Detergent, rubbing alcohol or diluted chlorine solution should do the trick. You don’t need to use harsh chemicals such as chlorine as this can actually do more harm than good. Spring is usually the best time to get rid of mold as it becomes harder to remove by summer.

References:

http://www.moldservicesgroup.com/windowmold.asp
http://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
http://www.prevention.com/health/healthy-living/surprising-truth-about-mold