The bathroom is usually the most humid room in the house, and can often present problems with mould and mildew settling in. Mould can look unsightly and can even be dangerous to your health if left untreated for long periods of time. So how can you remove and prevent mould in the bathroom? Let’s take a look.
Common causes of bathroom mould
Mould thrives in dark and warm conditions, so it’s no wonder that bathrooms are so susceptible to this unwelcome house guest. Here are the most common causes for mould in your bathroom:
- Lingering moisture caused by lack of ventilation
- Leaky pipes, taps and toilets seeping into plasterboard and wood
- Damp cellulose materials such as grout, plasterboard and fabric provide the ideal breeding ground for bathroom mould
How to prevent mould in the bathroom
There are a series of simple precautions you can take to stop mould from appearing in the bathroom:
Open the window after a shower
While opening windows won’t really do anything to help reduce existing mould, opening the window in your bathroom after you’ve had a shower will allow any excess moisture in the air to disperse naturally. This helps to greatly reduce the chance of condensation settling on the walls, ceiling or around the windows, and increases the chance of your bathroom being a mould-free zone.
If you don’t have any windows in your bathroom, consider investing in a ventilator fan. This will have a similar effect to an open window, helping to disperse of any excess humidity in the air after your shower.
Add purifying plants
Certain plants can help to reduce mould. There are a variety of house plants that are known to reduce the humidity in the air, which in turn can help get rid of existing mould and prevent mould from setting in in the future. These include:
- English Ivy: Known to remove airborne moulds in humid spaces, the English Ivy is a great choice for smaller bathrooms, as it can be planted in a hanging pot and placed higher in the room.
- Peace Lily: The Peace Lily needs very little sunlight to survive, so it’s a great choice for bathrooms with small or no windows. However – remember that these can be toxic to animals if consumed, so need to be kept out of reach of any pets in your home.
- Boston Fern: Another good choice for humid bathrooms, the Boston Fern is an attractive, evergreen plant that only need indirect sunlight and moist soil to survive.
- Reed Palms: Known for their association with some of the most humid, tropical regions on earth, palms are also a great choice for keeping humidity at bay in your bathroom. They absorb moisture through their leaves, but unlike other palms, the Reed Palm can survive in places with low light so it’s perfect for keeping inside the home.
- Tillandsia: If your bathroom has a bright window, this is the damp-eating plant for you. Tillandsia plants thrive in lots of filtered sunlight, and absorb moisture through their leaves, so they’re great for helping with a persistent humidity problem in the home
Stick to a regular cleaning routine
Without a regular bathroom cleaning routine, bacteria, limescale and mould can become a real problem in your space. Clean and dry your bathroom regularly, including grouting and hard-to-reach corners that are prone to mould. Wash your towels and bathmats frequently, and hang wet towels and bathmats in dry, well-ventilated areas.
How to get rid of mould in the bathroom
To remove mould from your bathroom, you’ll need to buy a specialist bathroom mould remover product. These products are usually quite strong, so it’s important to wear a face mask to avoid breathing in any harmful fumes. We also strongly recommend wearing rubber gloves throughout the entire cleaning process to protect your hands. Take the following steps to remove mould from your bathroom:
- Test the product in a small area first
- Apply the mould-remover product as directed on the bottle. Many products need to be left on the mould for a set amount of time before scrubbing off, so it’s worth setting a timer if this is the case. 3.
- Rinse thoroughly and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge
- Repeat if needed until all the mould is gone