When keeping our bathrooms healthy, this space is often the most problematic. As a moisture-rich environment used daily, bathrooms are certainly put through their paces. Yet, with such a busy space, this is a room prone to issues such as dampness, mould, and mildew.
When you pair this with a particularly harsh few winter months, then there's a recipe for disaster. A bathroom with mould doesn't make for the best-looking space, but neither is it healthy long-term for all members of the home to live with.
Yet, this problem can be solved. Here the Bathroom Showroom shows you how to successfully tackle and prevent black mould in your bathroom.
What Is Black Bathroom Mould?
Black mould is the most common type of mould we tend to see in bathrooms. It starts as a white fungus, a form of mildew, in a small area. But when left untreated or if not noticed, it then grows as black mould. Unfortunately, most of us only notice this type of mould when it begins to spread up our bathroom walls, ceilings, or behind the basin.
Why Does Mould Grow in Bathrooms?
Black bathroom mould is common in bathrooms due to the high moisture levels in this room. It starts because of excessive moisture that lingers, for example when the bathroom doesn't fully dry out in between uses or is left damp overnight. When you add poor ventilation and poor airflow to the mix, the problem becomes exasperated and mould clings to these surfaces.
If you notice a vast amount of condensation in your bathroom each morning, this is a sign that the air quality is poor in this room and as a result moist air is trapped. Condensation in a high-humidity environment is the prime place for mould to grow.
How to Get Rid of Mould in the Bathroom
If you’ve spotted visible signs of black mould forming in your bathroom, now's the time to act. Because black mould can swiftly become problematic this is one task that is best undertaken using a commercial mould remover.
If left to increase, black mould doesn't just become unsightly but ultimately can pose a potential health threat for all members of the home.
- Before you begin this task, make sure that your bathroom is completely dried out.
- Perform a check all around the bathroom and especially in those spaces not on show, such as areas behind the toilet and basin or under the bath panel.
3. Use a mould and mildew spray foam for this task. This is the perfect chemical solution that instantly kills and then removes the offended affected areas. These solutions should always be used with care, wearing gloves and keeping the room well-ventilated. Spray the solution directly onto the black mould and let it work before you wipe it off.
How to Prevent Mould in the Bathroom
Prevention is better than cure and nowhere is this more important than the bathroom area. By creating an environment and indeed routine whereby you work to reduce the moisture levels in your bathroom, you can actively keep your bathroom mould free.
Invest in a good quality extractor fan :
Extractor fans, like those from the iCONstant range, work by controlling the level of moisture in the bathroom. These work to draw the moisture and dampness from the room and vent it outside. For best practice, they should ideally be switched on a few minutes before stepping into the shower or bath and then left on for around 20 minutes afterwards to help clear the room.
Keep your bathroom well ventilated:
Though this is especially important during and after using the bath and shower, it’s equally important to allow a good supply of airflow into your bathroom during the day.
- Leave a window ajar just so the air can circulate freely around the room.
- When your bathroom is dry keep the door open to allow the air in the home to flow through to this room.
- Dry out your bathroom as much as possible when you've finished showering or bathing
- Don't leave wet towels lying around this room, rather invest in a towel rail to hang them on
- Make sure your bathroom radiator is working to its fullest
- Avoid showering late at night as the bathroom is left damp overnight with little means of drying out as the temperature drops
- Consider investing in a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels of your bathroom manageable
Develop a regular bathroom cleaning routine
By cleaning your bathroom regularly, you'll be able to pick up on any signs of potential mould, note any areas that aren't drying out very well, and work on them before mould has any time to take hold.
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For further help and advice on keeping your bathroom in tip-top working order, take a look at our bathrooms blog. With articles ranging from tackling limescale to bleeding your bathroom radiator, we can help you make the most of this space while creating a bathroom that everyone can enjoy spending time in.