Mould in the bathroom

Over time we may all experience mould around the house but the most common place for mould to appear is the bathroom.

Causes of mould in bathroom?

Mould is caused by lack of ventilation or condensation when the warm shower air hits the cold air then leaves a misty residue everywhere. An extractor should be in the bathroom to remove all condensation or a window in the bathroom that can be opened should be present.

How to get rid of mould in bathroom?

Mould can grow anywhere, the ceiling, the walls and in between the grout in the tiles. Unfortunately if you have mould on grout most household cleaners will not remove this. You can spend as much money or scrub until your arms hurt, the best thing to do is to remove it and start again. Some people find that inexpensive solutions such as vinegar and water do the trick but it involves a lot of elbow grease and time.

How to prevent bathroom mould?

The best thing to do is to keep the bathroom ventilated as much as possible whether using the shower or not as the humidity from the radiator can also cause mould. If you have an extractor then use it and if you have a window open it before, during and after having a shower. If you find condensation on the walls then it’s also best to wipe it off rather than leaving it to dry.

Many people find that the sealant around the sink, shower and bath will also start to show signs of mould growing, this is normal and a good sealant should be used to replace the old one. Cleaning the areas that are prone to mould with a good cleaning product such as bleach on a regular basis will also stop mould from attacking.

Other things to consider are removing carpets from the bathroom as they increase the level of humidity especially when wet. Taking plants out of the bathroom as they also enjoy and attract moisture, renting a dehumidifier as it will help the air quality. Making sure the extractor fan is on as mould will not grow on dry surfaces.