Healthy living without mould
Mould – where it grows and why
Discovering mould in living spaces means immediate action is required because mould fungi spreads their spores through the air – these can then infiltrate the respiratory tract and trigger allergies and result in severe infections in children and people with weak immune systems.
Mould spores are actually just another element in our natural environment and can be found everywhere, even indoors. Three fundamental factors are responsible for mould fungi growth: Humidity, nutrient supply and temperature.
On this basis, mould spores use numerous organic materials as nutrients and then often develop slowly in hidden places. A musty-mouldy smell and dark stains on walls, ceilings or furniture are the warning signs that mould is taking hold. However, if the concentration of mould fungi reaches a certain level, serious health problems can result and action is called for!
Removing mould also means removing the cause
A precondition for the successful and sustainable removal of mould is, in addition to implementing the correct and most suitable removal measures on the areas affected, combating of the respective causes and removing the damage. Those who only combat the symptoms will only enjoy short-term successes.
Humidity and damp building components should be avoided | Heat and air out correctly | Building defects and damage caused by damp should be repaired
Natural mould prevention with KEIMFARBEN
KEIMFARBEN are alkaline, which means that mould can find no source of nutrients with which to grow.
Humidity does not accumulate on the surface; it can instead be absorbed and emitted by the paint coat on the wall. This means that walls painted with KEIMFARBEN paints can continue to 'breathe', and remain dry.
This is important for a healthy room climate, and is an essential factor for preventing mould. The high pH value that is typical for silicate also has a mould-inhibiting effect.
This means that the surface is devoid of all preconditions for mould growth – and without the addition of toxic biocides or fungicides. This is a massive advantage, particularly for more sensitive persons such as children and allergy sufferers.
Additional information and helpful links
The mineral mould sanitation system KEIM Mycal works completely without toxic chemicals and gives mould the cold shoulder! It consists of sustainable and non-toxic product components that present no health risks, and can be combined and adapted individually for each renovation. The Mycal system is open to diffusion, regulates moisture and ensures that walls stay dry. It creates an alkaline depot and offers mould fungi no nutrient base. And not only that, the interior KEIM Mycal-Top paint has both a disinfecting and mould-inhibiting effect thanks to the anti-microbially acting mineral. Photocatalytical pigments can reduce harmful substances and create additional protection. Please note: mould over large surface areas should be examined and removed by a professional. Learn more
To stop mould from forming in the first place, the ecologically-conscious interior KEIM Biosil paint comes with high recommendations. Its open-pored structure reduces the surface dampness on the wall, and its high pH value and inorganic composition also have a mould-inhibiting effect. This means mould prevention entirely without the addition of toxic biocides or fungicides – a massive advantage for children or allergy sufferers. KEIM Biosil is proven to be particularly suitable for allergy sufferers and has been awarded by the IUG - Institute for Environment and Health. In addition, KEIM Biosil was the first interior wall paint ever to receive the quality label 'natureplus'. This quality label places considerably stricter requirements on construction products and is neutral proof of the outstanding ecological quality. Learn more