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When purchasing our house we made the mistake of choosing one with no double glazing with the idea of installing it at some point in the future. We still haven't gotten around to it, so our house is usually quite chilly in the winter to say the least and, as there is no extractor fan in either the kitchen or the bathroom, tends to retain moisture in these rooms (don't ask why we bought this place...we ask ourselves the same thing every day!), particularly in the colder months when it's just simply too Baltic up north to shower with the window open!
As a result of this we get quite a bit of mould appearing on the grout between tiles in both the kitchen and bathroom and also in the corners of the window frames where moisture gathers. We've tried several mould removers but most of them were long and tedious jobs involving me, on my hands and knees, dipping a toothbrush in a bottle of mould remover and scrubbing each piece of grouting individually...well, I'm sure you can imagine what a fun little task that was!
My mum knew what an ongoing problem we were having with the reappearance of mould and turned up one day with a bottle of this HD Mould Remover that's she'd bought from Lakeland (£5.49 for 500ml) with it's promise to "destroy mould immediately". To be honest I was sceptical, as nothing else had worked particularly well, but we decided to give it a go anyway.
To start with, it came in a much more useful bottle than previous mould treatments. Complete with a spray/nozzle (child friendly, obviously), which has two "off" settings, one jet setting and one spray setting. So rather than having to dip a toothbrush into a bottle or tip a bottle upside down onto a cloth, you just spray the affected area and leave it for half an hour. No scrubbing, no toothbrushes, no backache! Although I would definitely recommend the wearing of rubber gloves!. After half an hour you go back and wipe the area down with a damp cloth and voila...no more mould!
And you know what...there really was no more mould! Our grout was now back to looking like new as though there'd never been anything wrong with it. We tested it on a small area to start with and my trigger happy hubby was so impressed with the results that he immediately carried on with the rest of the bathroom, eagerly spraying away until every little hint of the black stuff had been targeted. What he hadn't taken into account, however, was the overwhelming smell of the stuff! As we only used a little squirt to start with, it wasn't too bad, but when you use a lot at a time it is incredibly overwhelming...pretty much a pure bleach/chlorine smell. It was SO overpowering that when we went back to wipe it off again we couldn't even be in the room for long enough! We quickly threw the window open, closed the door behind us and used the downstairs loo for the rest of the day! Lesson learnt...only use in VERY well ventilated areas.
But, smell aside, we were, and continue to be, very pleased with the results of this mould killer. We now use it little and often to keep the problem areas at bay and so we don't overpower ourselves with the smell of bleach again! And don't even think about using any of the others we have lined up under the kitchen sink. We'll definitely be buying another bottle when this one runs out, it's well worth the money...it's a heck of a lot cheaper than double glazing anyway :)
One word of warning though -- it is clearly highly chemically/toxic and contains A LOT of bleach so don't leave anything that it could stain anywhere near it when you're using...a tiny little droplet got on a flannel and it now has a white patch on it!
I was considering only giving it 4 stars because of the smell, but on reflection maybe it's good to have it smelling so potent...if it smelled like roses you might be tempted to stay in the room with it, which obviously wouldn't be a great idea!
HG Mould Spray gives almost an instant result I personaly find and I really love this stuff. I bought this about one year ago from Lakeland (catalogue) for one litre I paid about £4.80 so it's not really that cheap.
The smell is intense unfortunatleyand so strong it could possibly knock you out. You MUST open the windows in the room you are tackling otherwise you will seriosly regeret it. The smell is really strong of bleach and chlorine. You have to attach the nozzle to the actual bottle youself before you start to use it and then you just get going.
I personally spray it from about 6 inches away and just watch it work baby! It works on and totally destroys all fungus, algae, moss and brings up your grout to look like new and gleaming clean again. We have had some black marks on our kitchen pipes under the sink that have been there for years but after one blast of this stuff it was all gone like it was never even there! I rate this much better than Cilit Bang! This works like magic but the only downside is the very strong smell.
Its really very easy to use and can be used in kitchens as well as bathrooms and we have friends who have used it to clean the grot off their garden plant pots and furniture which have been covered with moss and algae for years and they also really rate this stuff very highly.
Can be also used on marble, which I was quite surprised at.
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Like most bathrooms my one tends to get quite hot and steamy after a shower even with the extractor fan on. This provides an ideal environment for mould and fungus to grow, particularly on the grout between tiles on the wall and also on the sealant. I am always quite careful about wiping down the tiles and areas around the sealant to make sure I remove as much moisture to minimise the growth of mould. This has worked quite well but a few weeks ago I noticed that there were a few black specks of mould on the sealant around the bathtub and wanting to sort this out before it got any worse I headed over to my local Lakeland to purchase a bottle of HG mould spray, which my mum has been using for years at home. I have also seen the spray on sale at DIY stores such as Homebase and retails at around £4.00 for a 500ml bottle.
The spray comes in a white plastic bottle with a pump at the top through which the spray is dispensed. The label at the front has a picture of the spray being applied to some bathroom tiles and states that this can be used on silicone seals, plaster and tile grouts. The pump has a child-safety feature and to use the nozzle first has to be pressed down and then twisted to open it. I have to admit I seriously struggled with getting this to work. It took me a good 10 minutes of pressing and twisting to get this to turn so it's pretty adult-proof too! I was at the verge of giving up when the nozzle finally gave way and twisted to the open position. There are two open settings so that the product can be dispensed as a fine stream for targeting on a specific area or as a spray to cover a wider area.
The instructions on the back explain that this mould spray immediately destroys fungus, alga and moss in damp places both inside and outside. It is suitable for cleaning tiled walls and marble, the grouting in the bathroom, the shower, toilet, kitchen, garage and shed but not anything wooden. The product contains bleach to blitz away grey and black mould spots and green algae spots. As it contains bleach we are advised to test this on a small area first.
To use spray the product from a distance of 3-5 cm and leave it to work for 30 minutes. If the stain is stubborn spray again after cleaning the area with sponge and water and spray again. There is a clear warning about using this in a well-ventilated place. This stuff smells of seriously strong chlorine. It reminds me of the smell at the swimming pool, but in my opinion this stuff is stronger. I would definitely heed the warning and ensure windows are open when using it as it has the potential to knock you out! Whenever I use it I find myself coughing and spluttering despite having the window open as the product keeps catching the back of my throat. As I was treating a small area this was not too bad but I remember one occasion where my mum asked me to clean the kitchen tiles with this and I had to keep leaving the room to catch my breath so it was a bit time-consuming. I would also advise that you wear gloves when using this.
But that's enough about the effect the spray has on me - what about the bath?! Well I can say this works a treat! I sprayed this on the affected area and waited. After the 30 minutes were up I gave the area a little scrub and I noticed that most of the mould had disappeared but there was still a little left so I cleaned the area and applied again. After the second application the sealant was back to its former white self. If you look really closely you can spot a slight brown mark where the mould had grown but overall the sealant looks as good as new. The instructions on the back do state that for stubborn mould this can leave a brown stain, and that this can be removed by using hypo sodium thiosulphate, which I assume is also available in DIY stores. I shall be investigating this further to see if I can completely remove the stain.
Overall then I think this is a great product that actually lives up to its claims and kills mould fast leaving your bathroom gleaming. It is seriously strong stuff though so it needs to be used with caution.
I was recommended the HG Mould Remover Spray by a friend after complaining about the black mould and mildew that had started to appear in the corner of my bathtub where it met the wall. I had tried all sorts of bleaches and products (and a lot of scrubbing) to remove this but to no avail. It was really unsightly and I can't bear a dirty looking bathroom, so I was keen to try anything that could help with the problem. My friend highly recommended it and told me that I could purchase it at Lakeland, so off I went and purchased myself a bottle of 0.5 litre for £5.
The spray comes in a white UPVC plastic spray bottle, with trigger spray nozzle. When you but the spray, the nozzle attachment is separate and you need to fit the tubing and the nozzle yourself (I personally found this a little tricky, but that's just me!). The bottle has a child proof safety cap upon purchase. The bottle actually looks rather industrial and less like domestic cleaners that I have used previously. The labelling is bright yellow and red.
HG Hagesan Mould Spray removes all black and brown stains caused by mould, fungus, moss and algae inside and outside. It is suitable for cleaning the tiled walls in the bathroom, as well as grouting in bathrooms and kitchens, plant boxes, toilets but not on wood.
To apply, you simply spray directly onto the surface that you wish to treat. As the spray has a bleaching action, is recommended that you perform a patch test on an area before applying all over. The product should be left on the surface for 30 minutes and then wiped off.
I found the spray relatively easy to apply, the nozzle was quite powerful. However, when I applied to the grouting on my tiles I was worried about whether it would work as the liquid was really runny and proceeded to simply run down the walls immediately. The product also had a REALLY strong smell of bleach, even with my window wide open I found this a bit much. This smell really carried throughout the house, so I would recommend that you apply this whilst children are out if applicable. Given the smell and the obvious high concentration of bleach in this product, I always apply wearing rubber gloves to protect my skin and now, having ruined a pair of trousers by getting the liquid on them, always wear old clothes too.
Having left the spray to work for the 30 minutes recommended treatment time, I return to my bathroom (complete with overpowering bleach aroma) to rinse off. I use my showerhead to just rinse the walls and bathtub edges, and the product is removed easily. I wouldn't say that my tiles were left sparking clean, but there was a real improvement in appearance. The grout was definitely whitened and was obviously less grubby to the eye. Most importantly - the unsightly brown/blackish mould stains that were lurking in the corners of my bath had almost all disappeared. I was able to remove the remainder with a little gentle scrubbing. The spray is really effective and left my bathroom looking and feeling really clean.
I use about half the bottle per application and I would say that an application is needed every three-four months just to freshen up the bathroom - the mould hasn't reappeared but I am so pleased with the results that it gives that I like to apply every now and then to keep my bathroom clean. Therefore I but a new bottle approximately once every 6 months, which at £5 a bottle is pretty good value. The only real negative about this product is that it is obviously very harsh chemically and smells really strong, but I think that it's worth putting up with the smell for the results that it gives - just ensure that you keep your room well ventilated!
I bought this spray recently after reading rave reviews about it on Amazon and Dooyoo. I bought a 500ml bottle from Home Care Essentials through Ebay for £5.95 including p&p.
I have had black mould stains on the bath sealant for quite some time and thought that perhaps this would get rid of it and save me having to replace the sealant. Unfortunately it didn't work for me. I followed the instructions, which were to spray it on the affected area and leave it for 30 minutes before wiping off with a clean damp sponge cloth. I treated the stains with this twice and there was a very slight lifting effect but not something anyone would notice. Perhaps it would have worked if I had treated the problem earlier, I don't know, but I am somewhat mystified at the rave reviews I have seen for this product. It appears to be simply a bleach spray and as I had already scrubbed at the stains with bleach then this was unlikely to make much difference. I have also used this product on some black stains around upvc windows but again it didn't work any more than using a bleach and water solution.
This product smells very strong and I kept windows open while using it, but I had a headache afterwards which I put down to this as I don't get headaches much. If you do try this product you might want to use a face mask as an extra precaution, wear rubber gloves, and do make sure you keep it well away from children and pets. It does have a child proof nozzle which means you give it a squeeze and a quarter turn before use.
I will probably use this again around the bathroom tiles as a general purpose cleaner, just to get it used up - and also on any fresh mould stains that arise, but for the purpose I bought it I didn't get my money's worth on this one.
We suffer from black mould ( oh that sounds disgusting ) in our bathroom. The room is well ventilated and we installed a fan but somehow it still occurs. I have , over the years , tried almost every product on the market and this beats all the others into a cocked hat , and then some. I buy it from Lakeland ( who sell online as well ) and it is £4.95 a bottle. That lasts me three applications but a lot depends on the area and how bad the problem is as to whether that applies universally.
It comes with a tube and simple plastic pump cap you have to fit but that is straightforward. I generally give the area a quick scrub first , but please understand , one of my objections to the other products was the amount of elbow grease required , so no real effort put into it. The don your rubber gloves and spray liberally. Beware , it is bleach of some kind , and there are fumes. It will make the house smell but that is a very small price to pay. Leave half an hour , come back with a cloth - you will be stunned to see most of it already gone , and rinse with cold water. Result.
Do remember the rubber gloves, watch the smell and I guess it isn't the most eco friendly product ... but it works.
One thing that drives me 'nuts' is when I get mould and mildew in my shower room!! I just hate the horrible black stuff.....I have tried numerous sprays bought from the supermarket to try and get shut of it - all to no avail.
Now I have the answer to this problem - HG mould spray..... The spray immediately destroys mould and mildew and other fungus both inside th home and outside.
It also 'bleaches' the black mould spots so that they are not so glaringly obvious...
To use the spray you just spray the affected surface from 3-5 cms distance and leave to work for 30 minutes... Stubborn stains may require a second treatment. Then just clean away the sprayed surface with a sponge and water.
You do need to ventilate the room well where treatment has taken place as it does have rather an overpowering toxic like smell and do remember to wear rubber gloves when handling the product..
The downside is that this product is not freely available in supermarkets etc and I can only get it via internet stores ..therefore I have to pay post and packaging as well. It costs around £6 a bottle. If anyone does know of any local shops / supermarkets that stock it please let me know!!
HG Mould Spray effectively removes all black and brown stains caused by Mould, fungus, moss and algae inside and outside.