Welcome to our big anti-mould paint test 2021. Here we present all the products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. With this, we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best anti-mould paint for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an anti-mould paint.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important facts
- 3 The Best Anti Mold Paint: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying anti-mould paint
- 5 Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate anti-mould paints
- 6 Facts worth knowing about anti-mould paint
The most important facts
- The use of anti-mould paint alone is not enough to prevent mould growth, an ideal indoor climate is indispensable.
- To prevent possible damage to health, you should not use anti-mould paint with fungicides, biocides or solvents.
- Anti-mould paint is usually available in 2.5 litre, 5 litre or 10 litre buckets.
The Best Anti Mold Paint: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying anti-mould paint
How does anti-mould paint work?
If the humidity in a room is far too high, then even anti-mould paint will not help.
This means that you can only use anti-mould paint prophylactically, because in addition to your anti-mould paint, sufficient heating and ventilation is also necessary.
On which surfaces/materials can I apply anti-mould paint?
Is anti-mould paint harmful to health?
Be especially careful in the first few days after application, because the anti-mould paint outgasses the VOCs ("volatile organic compounds") during this time, which get into the air you breathe.
Negative effects can also include nausea and headaches. Furthermore, your mucous membranes can also become irritated. You should be especially careful in bedrooms and children's rooms, because the solvent of the anti-mould paint will certainly have harmful effects on your health. When buying anti-mould paint, we recommend that you make sure it is solvent-free.
What alternatives are there to anti-mould paint?
- Anti-mould primer
- Silicate paint against mould
We have prepared a small table with the respective advantages and disadvantages of the two alternatives to anti-mould paint.
|Anti-mould primer||Suitable for ceilings||Need an additional wall paint|
|Silicate paint against mould||Healthy and environmentally friendly||Not optimally suitable against mould|
Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate anti-mould paints
In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many anti-mould paints. The criteria you can use to compare different anti-mould paints include:
- Anti-mould paint without solvent
- Anti-mould paint without biocides and fungicides
In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in each of the criteria.
Anti-mould paint without solvent
Anti-mould paint with solvent is used to control the consistency of ceiling and wall paint, but it is composed of volatile organic compounds (VOCs for short). Especially in the beginning, after painting, the VOCs outgas and become airborne. Once in the air, these compounds are inhaled and can have harmful consequences for human health. Therefore, you should not buy anti-mould paint that contains solvents, especially for bedrooms and living rooms.
Anti-mould paint without biocides and fungicides
An important purchase criterion is whether the anti-mould paint contains biocides and fungicides. Mostly, anti-mould paints contain fungicidal preservatives. Active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, octylisothiazolinone and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate are often used. Anti-mould paint with biocides and fungicides is optimally effective against mould, but continuously releases its active substances into the environment.
Therefore, we advise you not to use this anti-mould paint in the bedroom, bathroom and other living spaces.
Especially in the children's room you should not use it to protect your children from the bad active substances.
In addition, this paint loses its effect over time due to the continuous emission of the preservatives it contains. Therefore, it does not offer you permanent protection against mould. Another disadvantage of anti-mould paint with biocides and fungicides is that it is harmful to the environment because many toxic fumes are emitted during its production. Furthermore, when using this paint in the garden, you must make sure that pets, birds and beneficial insects are out of reach.
Durability is another criterion you should consider when buying your anti-mould paint. To ensure that the paint remains effective over a long period of time, it is important to keep the container tightly closed. Whether you use your anti-mould paint on wood or put it on a wall, a good paint will prevent mould from forming again for a long time.
Another important criterion is the colour, because anti-mould paints are now available in different shades.
The benefit is another purchase criterion that you should consider. The best quality anti-mould paint destroys the mould in the shortest time and ensures that it does not come back. This prevents bad consequences for your health. Furthermore, a good anti-mould paint is easy to apply and can be easily painted over all walls.
Facts worth knowing about anti-mould paint
What do I have to consider when painting with anti-mould paint?
First you have to determine the amount you need. Depending on the opacity of the anti-mould paint, it can cover approximately 3.5 to 7 m² per litre . Painting with anti-mould paint is the same as with any other wall paint. Remove old paint residues from the wall and clear the painting surface. You should fill in holes before painting and remove all possible obstacles. We recommend masking edges and transitions with masking tape. Stir the paint well before applying it. Then you can apply it to the wall with a roller, brush or paint spray system.
It is also important to apply the paint evenly, it should be neither too thin nor too thick. A tip from our editorial team is to illuminate the wall to be painted well, so that you can recognise any irregularities when painting. Several coats are usually necessary, depending on the opacity of the paint and the surface on which it is painted. To give you an idea of the various steps that need to be taken when removing mould, we have prepared a video for you.
Are home remedies against mould a good idea?
No, home remedies against mould are not a good idea, because at first the mould may stand still, but it feeds on the home remedies and comes back stronger and bigger.
Tips for avoiding mould
To avoid mould, you should ventilate often and heat properly. Stuffy and cold air provides an optimal breeding ground for mould spores, so you should make sure that the rooms have enough fresh air and warmth. Indoor rooms where you are hardly ever present should not cool down. A room temperature of 19 to 21 °C in all living spaces would be ideal. In general, the room temperature should never be below 16 °C. For this purpose, we have compiled a table with the different rooms and the corresponding optimal room temperature.
|Room||Temperature in °C|
|Kitchen||18 to 19°C|
|Living room||21 to 23°C|
Ventilation is very important for effective mould prevention; you should air two to four times a day. In the kitchen and bathroom, it pays to ventilate more often because the humidity is usually very high there.
The most effective way to ventilate is to create a draught that brings fresh air into the room and draws moisture out. Another tip is to place cupboards and other furniture in cold rooms at least 10 cm away from the wall. This is the only way to ensure sufficient air circulation. We recommend turning off the heating when airing out to save energy. The humidity in the room should never exceed 60 percent. You can use a hygrometer to check the humidity. We have found an interesting video about this, which reports on mould infestation in flats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir-SoqynhWc
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