fungus, linoleum, wallpaper, dryer

Has your house or apart­ment been “attacked” by a fun­gus, pen­e­trat­ing even under wall­pa­per and linoleum? So you can for­get about the cozy and pleas­ant atmos­phere in the home. More­over, it is absolute­ly unsafe to be in such premis­es. Where do fun­gal growths most often appear? The fun­gus set­tles on the walls, ceil­ing, floor and even pen­e­trates under the wall­pa­per and linoleum, from where it is most dif­fi­cult to remove it. Some­times it can also be found in cab­i­nets, on book­shelves, in piles of car­pet­ing.

If the prob­lem is vis­i­ble to the naked eye on the walls, ceil­ing and fur­ni­ture, then the fun­gus that appeared under the linoleum and wall­pa­per can not be detect­ed imme­di­ate­ly and it is not so easy to get rid of it. That is why the arti­cle below is devot­ed to the ques­tion of how to remove the fun­gus under the wall­pa­per and linoleum, as well as what role the air dry­er plays in this process — read on!

We advise: “A dehu­mid­i­fi­er in repair and con­struc­tion — high­er qual­i­ty, short­er terms”

5 reasons for the appearance of fungus under the wallpaper and linoleum

The main rea­son for the appear­ance of fun­gus in the house and apart­ment is an increased lev­el of humid­i­ty. It is damp­ness that con­tributes to the active devel­op­ment of var­i­ous harm­ful for­ma­tions, it cre­ates sim­ply ide­al con­di­tions for this. To reli­ably pro­tect the premis­es from such a mis­for­tune, it is nec­es­sary to main­tain the humid­i­ty lev­el with­in 45–60%. But if the fun­gus has already set­tled on the walls, wall­pa­per and linoleum, it is urgent to decide how to remove it from the house / apart­ment.

The first thing to do is to find out the rea­son for the increase in the lev­el of humid­i­ty and, accord­ing­ly, the appear­ance of fun­gal for­ma­tions.

Most often this hap­pens due to:

poor ven­ti­la­tion, as well as the lack of hoods;

reg­u­lar dry­ing of things inside the apart­ment, at home;

dam­age to water pipes, plumb­ing;

cracks on the walls, poor insu­la­tion of seams;

fre­quent bathing, show­er­ing and abun­dant cook­ing.

The pres­ence of open aquar­i­ums and oth­er water con­tain­ers, an abun­dance of indoor plants and even the per­son him­self also con­tribute to an increase in the lev­el of humid­i­ty in the home.

Read more here: “Why damp­ness occurs in an apart­ment and a house: an overview of the rea­sons”

Instructions on how to remove the fungus under linoleum and wallpaper

If the humid­i­ty in the apart­ment / house exceeds the pre­scribed 45–60%, expect unin­vit­ed guests in the form of all kinds of dan­ger­ous for­ma­tions. If even a small accu­mu­la­tion of fun­gus is found under linoleum or wall­pa­per, you need to urgent­ly take up its elim­i­na­tion.

What to do:

In order to remove the fungus under the linoleum:

  1. Remove all fur­ni­ture from the room, dis­man­tle the linoleum, care­ful­ly roll it up and take it out of the house.
  2. Care­ful­ly remove the entire adhe­sive lay­er, dam­aged screed or wood (wire brush, scraper, spat­u­la). If sheets of fiber­board, OSB and the like were used to lev­el the floor, it is bet­ter to remove them and throw them away.
  3. Clean the sur­face well of debris with a wash­ing vac­u­um clean­er or a damp broom.
  4. Apply an anti­sep­tic solu­tion to the entire floor area, with­out miss­ing a sin­gle area and going a lit­tle on the walls (about 5–10 cm).
  5. Treat the sur­face with a deep primer with anti­fun­gal addi­tives or liq­uid glass.
  6. Apply a thin con­tin­u­ous lay­er of glue, spread a new linoleum (or an old one com­plete­ly cleaned of fun­gal for­ma­tions). If linoleum is laid with joints, they must be well glued with hot / cold weld­ing.
  7. Fill the gaps around the perime­ter with sil­i­cone sealant (prefer­ably with the addi­tion of anti­fun­gal mix­tures). Close with a skirt­ing board with a flex­i­ble edge, which well pro­tects the area under the floor cov­er­ing from mois­ture pen­e­tra­tion.

As an anti­sep­tic, you can use ready-made solu­tions that are freely sold in hard­ware and build­ing stores, or cook it your­self. For exam­ple, for sur­face treat­ment, you can use: 1. an aque­ous solu­tion of cop­per sul­phate; 2. bleach + water (1:1);

Use­ful mate­r­i­al: “How to effec­tive­ly get rid of damp­ness in the bath­room?”

To get rid of the fungus under the wallpaper:

  1. Take off the wall­pa­per. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it is impos­si­ble to save them, you will have to throw them away and glue new ones.
  2. Clean the walls of black spots and fun­gus with a solu­tion. For exam­ple: 1. mix 1–2 tbsp. spoons of chlo­rine, 30–50 g of wash­ing pow­der and 3 liters of water; 2. In 5 liters of water, dilute ½ laun­dry soap and 100 g of soda.
  3. Then dry the walls well. This can be done as quick­ly and sim­ply as pos­si­ble with the help of heat­ing appli­ances and a house­hold air dry­er. Do not for­get to open the win­dows for ven­ti­la­tion so that the wet streams come out and are replaced by dry, fresh mass­es.
  4. Apply an anti­fun­gal solu­tion (ready-made or home­made). What mix­ture will help get rid of the fun­gus under the wall­pa­per: dis­solve 4–6 tablets of Nys­tatin / Fura­cilin in 0.5 liters of hot water, add anoth­er 3–5 liters of water.
  5. After treat­ing the sur­face with the com­po­si­tion, dry the walls and apply a primer with anti­fun­gal addi­tives.
  6. After the primer is com­plete­ly dry, you can start glu­ing new wall­pa­per.

*** Impor­tant: all work on clean­ing walls and floors from fun­gus under linoleum should be car­ried out in closed cloth­ing, a res­pi­ra­tor, rub­ber gloves and gog­gles.

Use­ful mate­r­i­al: “Air dehu­mid­i­fi­er in case of flood­ing of an apart­ment — 6 stages of elim­i­na­tion of con­se­quences”

5 preventive tips “for a snack”

In order not to give the fun­gus not a sin­gle chance, you can take the fol­low­ing tips as a rule:

Ven­ti­late the rooms reg­u­lar­ly, even in cold weath­er open the win­dows for at least 5–10 min­utes.

When cook­ing, use lids when­ev­er pos­si­ble and always turn on the hood.

Get rid of plants that like fre­quent water­ing, replace them with those that, on the con­trary, absorb mois­ture.

Heat the house / apart­ment well dur­ing the cold peri­ods of the year.

Use a dehu­mid­i­fi­er on an ongo­ing basis.

We will dwell on the last point in more detail, since this “smart” tech­nique deserves spe­cial atten­tion.

We rec­om­mend read­ing: “How to reduce the humid­i­ty in the house effec­tive­ly, quick­ly and eas­i­ly?”

Why do you need a dehumidifier in your house or apartment?

This air con­di­tion­ing equip­ment is designed specif­i­cal­ly to main­tain the desired lev­el of humid­i­ty in the room. It is enough for the user to set the desired per­cent­age of humid­i­ty and the equip­ment itself will keep it at the required lev­el.

Reg­u­lar use of a dehu­mid­i­fi­er (from Trotec, Mea­co, dance, Midea or Mycond):

It helps to main­tain an opti­mal micro­cli­mate in the premis­es around the clock.

Pre­vents the occur­rence of damp­ness, due to which a fun­gus appears under linoleum, wall­pa­per.

Excludes dam­age to fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles, decor and oth­er fur­nish­ings.

Makes indoor air clean­er and health­i­er (thanks to fil­ters and an ion­iz­er).

It is worth not­ing that dehu­mid­i­fiers have low ener­gy con­sump­tion, so even round-the-clock oper­a­tion of devices does not raise elec­tric­i­ty bills much. Suit­able for any premis­es, func­tion­ing in a wide range of exter­nal tem­per­a­tures (1–37°С / 5–35°С).

Learn also: “14 folk reme­dies for humid­i­ty in the house and apart­ment”

There are still ques­tions about how effec­tive the dehu­mid­i­fi­er is in com­bat­ing damp­ness, as well as fun­gus under wall­pa­per and linoleum — con­tact the con­sul­tants online store “Life”. We know every­thing about this tech­nique and will be hap­py to share infor­ma­tion with you. Call: (097) 586 81 58.

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