Mould is never a good sign. Not only is it unsightly and ruining the look of your bathroom, but it can also impact on your health! The molecules released by mould can cause breathing problems and illnesses, especially if you are asthmatic so it’s important that mould isn’t left alone to wreak havoc.
Whilst there are thousands of different causes of mould, the most common is condensation, so it’s no surprise at all that bathrooms suffer most with mould. Condensation occurs when hot and cold air combine and the moisture retained in the air molecules can no longer be contained. This condensation can seep into walls, ceilings and surfaces which causes the mould to grow. Older houses are especially susceptible to mould, because of the materials used to build the house being more porous and subsequently absorbent. That being said, new builds can also suffer as the water-based cement dries and releases the water into the walls.
Nobody wants to have mould growing in their home, whether that be in the bathroom or the kitchen. It’s unsightly and listed as a class 1 hazard that comes with possible health risks. But it’s not the end of the world if mould does start to grow - if you catch it early enough it can be very easy to clean away. There are several shop-bought mould killers available if you want a quick and easy route but these often make use of very strong chemicals like hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. If you want to avoid these harsh chemicals there are alternatives available and they are just as effective.
The easiest way to remove mould without resorting to strong chemicals is with white vinegar. Simply spray vinegar onto an affected area and leave for approximately an hour, then simply wipe away with a warm damp cloth then dry with a towel. Alternatively, you can tackle mould with bicarbonate of soda and washing up liquid. Whilst this might take a bit more elbow grease to remove the mould, it’s a very Ph neutral way to remove mould.
Prevention is better than cure, and if you’ve removed it once you don’t want to do it again. But how do you prevent mould reappearing in your bathroom or kitchen? The best thing to do is to ensure there is plenty of ventilation in the spaces where the mould is most persistent. Allowing air to circulate properly can ensure that moisture in the air can escape and is less likely to cause condensation. You can also try to minimise the number of damp items left lying around that will be releasing moisture into the air. Whilst you can’t feasibly dry your bath out after you’ve used it, you can ensure that damp towels are hanging up to dry where there is lots of ventilation. Similarly, ensuring high-risk areas are kept clean with regular wipe downs and general cleaning can reduce the chances of mould appearing or returning.
Posted on: 3rd July 2019
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