7 Tricks To Keep Your Bathroom Mould Free and Your Family Healthy

10 July 2020

Mould in bathrooms is not just unsightly but it can also compromise the health of you and your family. So it’s important to know how to identify mould, how to remove it but most importantly how to prevent it.

newly renovated bathroomWhy Is Bathroom Mould So Bad?

Dark, damp and/or poorly ventilated bathrooms are a breeding ground for mould. While we often see mould on ceilings, walls, windowsills, showers and basins, mould also exists as tiny spores that become airborne. When they are inhaled or ingested the side effects can include allergies, aggravation of respiratory problems, eye and skin irritation, headaches or nausea and flu-like symptoms. So it’s important that if you have mould you remove it. But more importantly, is how to prevent it in the first place. This article discusses seven easy ways to create a healthier bathroom for you and your family?

skylight in roof of bathroom1. Add light to your bathroom

  • Does your bathroom get enough light?
  • Do you often open blinds or curtains?
  • Could you add a skylight?

Sunlight is one of the best ways to kill mould because the ultraviolet radiation usually kills the mould spores. So find ways that you can increase the natural light that enters your bathroom. Make sure you open curtains and blinds during the day. Adding a skylight is a great way to bring natural light into dark corners of your home like bathrooms while also saving in electricity. Talk to your local renovation builder about adding skylights to your home.

new white bathroom with window2. Use a Fan To Increase Your Bathroom’s Ventilation

We know mould thrives in damp places. But the opposite is also true. Mould can’t grow in light dry rooms.

  • Does your bathroom get time to dry out during the day?
  • Do you use an extractor fan?
  • Are windows left open for a time during the day?

Because bathrooms are frequently used, there is a steady stream of moisture being absorbed into the air. So it’s important to allow your bathroom to dry out completely by increasing your ventilation. You can do this by using an extractor fan which works by sucking up the moist air and sending it outside. While it’s important to use a fan during your shower you also need to keep it going for at least 30 minutes after you’re done. Or try to leave a window open for a couple of hours a day.

bathroom with washer and dryer installed3. Keep Your Bathroom Warm

Another way to prevent a damp bathroom is to keep it warm. Warmer air warms up cold surfaces reducing condensation. So consider adding underfloor heating or a heat pump to increase the temperature of your bathroom.

clean, white bathroom4. Clean Your Bathroom Weekly

Regular cleaning of your bathroom is a must to prevent mould from taking hold. There are a number of ways you can do this. However many bathroom cleaners can be harsh on surfaces and can take away the shine. Alternatively, you could try a natural solution such as vinegar which is a natural disinfectant that doesn’t remove the shine.

5. Use A Squeegee

Taking a minute after your shower to wipe down the walls reduces moisture levels by up to 75%! That’s a lot of dampness you can rid yourself off in just a few seconds.

6. Check For Leaks In Bathrooms

Leaks from showers, basins or baths can cause big problems. Whenever you see a leak, don’t leave it for when you have time. Waiting will only make things worse especially if mould takes hold.  So check the floor and surrounding areas for leaks. Some ways to notice whether there is a leak is to check for musty earthy smells. If you have an upstairs bathroom, you can also look for discolouration on the ceilings underneath your bathroom. Another factor could be higher than expected water bills.

bathroom wash basin with yellow hand towel7. Wash Your Towels Often

Bath mats are another culprit for moisture. When left damp on the floor they become an ideal growth spot for mould. So wash your towels and mats regularly to give you a cleaner and healthier bathroom.

Don’t Let Mould Grow

Prevention is key. So the best way to avoid mould is to avoid the conditions that create mould in the first place. So, remove water and moisture, ventilate your bathroom, allow plenty of natural light to get in and keep a regular cleaning schedule.

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