How to prevent mould from growing and taking control of your bathroom?
Mould in the bathroom is one of the most common problems in many households. Unfortunately, this issue is often belittled and ignored. But it should really be taken seriously by each and every one of us!
Is your bathroom safe?
Mould can seriously affect your immune system. Babies, children, elderly people, people with existing skin and respiratory problems as well as those with a weakened immune system are more sensitive than others. Allergens, irritants and many toxic substances produced by moulds may cause many allergic reactions such as skin rash, red eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. In some cases, it could also cause asthma attacks
Never experienced it?
Then you are probably not looking deep enough into each corner of your bathroom. Make sure to check out all hidden areas on a regular basis, especially during cleaning. If your house is being cleaned by a professional, domestic cleaning company then don’t hesitate to ask a member of their team to look underneath the sink, check out the shower door, pipes, bath fixtures etc.
How to prevent mould from growing in your bathroom?
Bathroom mould can be easily prevented and removed in its early stages. Once established though, it can be difficult to get rid of so don’t let it get out of hand.
There are many reasons for as to why mould could occur in your bathroom. A typical bathroom is usually a not well ventilated room, often left damp for extended periods of time (e.g. after showering or having a bath). Remember, a proper ventilation in your bathroom can significantly reduce the moisture level in your bathroom and consequently reduce the chance of mould appearing.
There are a few things that you can do to improve the ventilation and hence reduce the moisture in your bathroom.
You can start off by doing simple things such as squeegeeing the water of tiled walls after showering (which should eliminate around three quarters of the moisture).
Do not leave wet bath sponges, shampoo or shower gel bottles in the shower cubicle as they provide a place for the mould to grow on.
Use your towel radiator to dry towels and to warm up and de-moisturize the air in your bathroom once it has been properly ventilated.
Lastly, during your bath or shower as well as for about 10 to 30 minutes after, make sure that you use your bathroom ventilation fan. If your ventilation fan is not clearing out most of the moisture, then you may need to install a fan of a bigger capacity which can move a larger volume of air.
Alternatively, or if you do not have a ventilation fan installed, you can leave the bathroom window or door open for about half an hour following the end of your shower or bath.
Swapping a standard grout sealer for a mould resistance one on your bathroom’s tiled walls would also reduce the total area on which mould is able to grow.
But, what if mould is already present in your bathroom?
Well, it all really depends on the severity of it. For when the mould is in its early stage, you can remove it by using a home made solution described below. However, if the mould is at an advanced stage where it has taken control over many parts of your bathroom then you may need to use a professional mould killer, replace the silicone sealant and tile grout and even repaint the walls using a mould resistant paint.
In order to eliminate mould in its early stages, clean properly all affected parts of your bathroom using hot water and some mild detergent (washing up liquid or soap used for hand-washing clothes). Clean all places and leave them to dry.
If this does not help and there are still even the smallest signs of mould then use a solution of bleach mixed with water (try to make it about 10% bleach and 90% water, note that adding more bleach will not necessarily give a better result). Apply the solution to places affected by mould either by spraying it or using a cloth. After about 10 to 20 minutes rinse it off using hot water. It is very important that you wear long rubber gloves and even goggles and a mask to cover your nose and mouth to protect yourself from mould spores.
Remember, do not brush mould affected areas as this could release mould spores. Also, make sure that your bathroom door remains closed to avoid spores spreading to other parts of your home.
I hope the above will help you to keep your bathroom mould free, or to remove any existing mould. If you are aware of any other solutions or methods for preventing mould, please don’t hesitate to contact us. All comments and suggestions will be really appreciated.