Considering your bathroom is where you clean yourself, the last thing you want is the room to be filthy with mould. You may have seen a tiny bit of mould in your bathroom and not thought much of it, but the longer you leave it, the worse it gets. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent mould and damp in your bathroom.
Why is mould so common in the bathroom?
Mould loves bathrooms because mould loves moisture. Mould and mildew thrive in wet, humid environments, which is exactly what the bathroom is. But what can you do to stop mould, damp and mildew? We have a few tips to prevent your bathroom from turning into a mould growing ground.
How to prevent mould from growing in your bathroom?
1 – Check your exhaust fan to prevent mould
The first place to check is your exhaust fan. When you take a shower, the steam causes condensation in your bathroom. This excess moisture turns into mould and can even wear down your bathroom fixtures. Your exhaust fan is one of the ways you can pull moisture out of the air in your bathroom, which will reduce the likelihood of mould. The problem is, many people don’t maintain or don’t use their exhaust fans. If you’re someone who doesn’t use the exhaust fan, starting using it ASAP! If you do use your exhaust fan, make sure you’re cleaning it. Exhaust fans often catch and build up dust, preventing moisture from being removed from the air effectively. So, you have to make sure you clean your fan if it looks dusty. Using and maintaining your exhaust fan is one of the easiest ways to prevent mould in your bathroom.
2 – Opening your doors and windows prevents mould
Your ventilation fan is a great way to reduce moisture when you’re in the shower, but opening your doors and windows will further prevent mould from forming in your bathroom. Ideally, leaving doors and windows open during and after your shower is the best way to stop mould growth. However, where privacy is a concern, open any doors and windows when you’re about to leave the bathroom. By opening doors and windows, natural ventilation will allow moisture to be blown out of the room.
3 – Light your bathroom
If you don’t have windows in your bathroom, or even if you do, keeping your bathroom lit will prevent mould growth. Mould excels at growing in dark places, so leave the light on after you shower or keep the curtains open to prevent mould from growing.
4 – Don’t leave your products in your shower
Having your products stored inside your shower, such as on the floor, can significantly increase mould growth. These products create areas for water to get stuck so mould can grow. If you want to prevent mould growth in your bathroom, keep your products outside the shower in a cool, dry place. Do not keep your products on the shower floor.
5 – Fix leaks to avoid mould growth
Now that your showering habits are in order, you need to fix any leaks. Water dripping from your shower or taps turn into evaporation and condensation on your walls and ceiling. To prevent mould, make sure you fix any leaks or drips you have in your bathroom.
6 – Stop mould in sealant
Mould growth on sealant behind your bathtub, under your shower or between tiles is not what you want to see. Luckily, there are two ways:
- Clean with vinegar – use a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar and scrub away the mould. The acidic nature of vinegar will drive away mould.
- Use baking soda and vinegar – mix water and baking soda to create a paste. Then, place the paste on the mould, let it sit for a while, and scrub off.
Need help with leaks?
If you have a mould problem and suspect a leaky tap or pipe causes it, contact The Brisbane Plumbers today. Our experts operate around the clock for all manner of plumbing problems. Whether it’s a leaky tap, a burst pipe, or a hot water system not working, we can help. We are 24/7 emergency plumbers. Call The Brisbane Plumbers now on 0450 932 850.