How to Prevent Mould Growing in your Bathroom

Nobody likes mould. It’s not nice to look at and can be very unhygienic. Mould often collects in damp places, so can be commonplace in your bathroom. Mould can also cause damage to your walls and ceilings so take note of the top tips we’ve highlighted below to keep the mould at bay!

1. Dust

Dust is seen as a food source for mould, and mould often travels by air to settle on surfaces, so you should really consider dusting everything in your bathroom regularly to help prevent the spreading and growth of mould. You might want to use a lightly dampened cloth to effectively wipe all the surfaces, starting high and working your way down to the lower areas. Don’t forget to wipe behind objects on shelves as well.

2. Spray All-purpose Bathroom Cleaner

You can purchase bathroom cleaner at most supermarkets, so it’ll be easy to get your hands on, and can be really helpful in controlling mould! Follow the directions on your cleaning product and use it to disinfect bathroom surfaces completely before rinsing or wiping it away. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of doing this once a week, to make sure you stay on top of it.

3. Wipe Everything Dry

As stated above, mould thrives in damp spaces so be sure to fully dry the areas you’ve cleaned. Use paper towels to retrace your cleaning steps and get rid of any additional moisture. Also, it’s a good idea to wipe away any water that lingers in your sink, bath, or any other surfaces.

4. Get a Good Fan and Run it Properly

An effective fan can be really helpful in reducing mould growth in your bathroom. Vents work by sucking the moisture from the air and sending it outside, so can be considered the first line of defence against unwanted moisture and mould. The cubic feet per minute count on the fan will tell you if it’s effective for the space. To calculate the best strength of your fan for the room, simply multiply the square footage of the room by 1.1 for an 8ft ceiling, or 1.5 for a 9ft ceiling. You should leave the fan on for at least half an hour after you’re done in the shower or bath, (leaving it to run the vent is not enough!). Leaving it running prevents left over moisture from damaging the walls and ceilings.

5. Fix any Leaks

Leaks can cause moisture to accumulate and mould to grow. If you notice a leak, make sure you deal with it as quickly as possible. If you wait, mould may take hold and start to grow. Remember it’s also a lot harder to get rid of mould than it is to prevent it!

6. Wash Towels Regularly

Your bath mat and towels are ideal spots for mould to grow, as they are often left damp for periods of time. Mould is also more likely to grow if these items are left unwashed. It’s a good idea to wash your towels and mats once a week at least!

If you have any questions or queries about any of the above points or would like to speak with us for help in removing mould from any room in your house, please feel free to contact us!

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