Let’s are honest mould loves bathrooms it is the perfect breeding ground. It can grow in baths, showers, tiles, carpets, wallpaper, grout, wood, sinks and toilets. The most common causes of bathroom mould are lingering moisture caused by lack of ventilation and in the extra cases leaks or rising dampness.
Find The Mould In Your Bathroom
If you can smell mould but can’t see it, check out hidden areas such as under sinks, toilets and baths, behind doors, in shower fixtures and screen, crawlspaces, exhaust fans, shower curtains etc. It can start unseen in the bathroom then spread to other rooms. Mould is best prevented then treated as it can become a big problem if it starts to spread. Below is an example of the mould being found in a vanity but what you will find is most of the time you vanity will have a backing so you won’t even see the mould building.
Tips For Preventing Mould
- The right type of ventilation fan is key. If mould is a key problem for you go with something that is only a fan and not a combination of items. We find that a stand-alone exhaust fan works so much better than say a Heat/Light/Fan
- Always try to avoid a shower curtain with possible as they notoriously soak in and spread the moisture
- The more bottles of shampoos, showers gel, toys or accessories in the shower as they provide hiding places for mould to grow.
- Wash your bathroom rugs frequently.
- Tiling to the ceiling will stop moisture penetrating the walls
- Use gloss paint where possible as this creates a harder surface
- Keep the window open during use of the shower where possible.
Getting Rid of Mould
- Strip away and replace any grout or sealant that has mould growth it’s really the best way to do it. Once the mould is present you really need to remove all of it. Whether it is in the silicone, soaked into a vanity or all over a ceiling. Removal of the entire entity and starting fresh is the only guarantee of getting rid of it and keeping it away.
Like all bathroom renovations and advice, we give be practical. If it’s a rental make sure the light and the fan are on the same switch meaning that the fan will come on when someone turns on the light. Left to the individual person they may not use the fan to prevent this as some don’t like the noise or feeling of cold that can be associated with fans or with opening windows. Use silicon less and grout more. I say this as grout is a lot easier to maintain than silicon as it will turn black and stay black.