How to Prevent and Get Rid of Mould in Your Beautiful Bathroom

There’s nothing worse than finding mould growing in your beautiful bathroom. Aside from being unsightly, mould can cause serious health problems. In this article, we’re going to give you tips on how to remove mould from your bathroom and prevent it from reappearing thereafter.

 

There are two common types of mould that grow in a bathroom: black mould and mildew.

 

What is black mould?

Black mould is a fungus with a fuzzy, black appearance. It spawns from an excessive build-up of moisture and will typically be found in areas with high levels of humidity. Specific areas of a bathroom you’ll likely find mould include the bathtub, sink, shower and grout.

black mould

What is mildew?

Mildew is also a fungus but typically has a white, grey or yellow complexion and a fluffy or powdery texture. Unlike black mould, which penetrates beneath the surface of the affected materials, mildew has flat growth and remains on the surface.

mildew in bathroom

What are the dangers of mould?

Mould contains spores that can damage the body when inhaled. Health issues include:

  • Airway inflammation
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Chest tightness
  • Throat irritation
  • Skin rash
  • Runny nose
  • Asthma attacks
  • Lung damage

 

How to remove mould in the bathroom?

Mould may look intimidating but its relatively easy to remove.

 

Using a cleaning product:

The most common method for removing mould is with a cleaning product. A bleach-based solution will be the best choice for a bathroom. Ensure you choose a reputable brand and always read and follow the instructions on the label.

 

  • Ventilate the area before you begin by opening windows and doors. 
  • Wear cleaning gloves.
  • Use a facemask to prevent exposure to mould spores.
  • Apply the cleaning product as directed on the label and leave it for the recommended time.
  • Rinse the area and wipe with a cloth. 

Using vinegar:

If you’re not a fan of using chemicals to remove mould, vinegar is a good natural alternative. Vinegar is reported to remove up to 82% of mould species.

 

  • Ventilate the area before you begin by opening windows and doors.
  • Use a facemask to prevent exposure to mould spores.
  • Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on the afflicted area
  • Wait an hour and then wipe the surface with warm water and dry with a towel.

 

How to prevent mould from spawning?

Mould grows in damp, humid areas. Keeping your bathroom as moisture-free as possible is the best way to prevent mould from spawning. Here are some tips:

 

  • Turn on your extractor fan during your bath or shower and up to 15 minutes afterwards to remove excess moisture. 
  • Spray vinegar onto moist areas of your bathroom to deter mould from growing. 
  • Check for leaks around your bathroom. Hidden leaks will make your bathroom damp. 
  • Damp shower curtains can be breeding grounds for mould. Straighten out your shower curtain to remove as much water as possible after a shower.

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