There are plenty of products to help clean away mould and mildew, but what if you could help prevent its growth from the outset?
One of the most common places for mould to appear is in the bathroom. The growth of mould requires three conditions - moisture, warmth and food. In most cases, a low level of mould will not have a significant effect on your health.
However, if you or any of your family members are allergic to mould or suffer from asthma, then its presence in your home may be harmful. This is because mould can pollute indoor air, which is the cause of 94% of respiratory ailments, according to the American Medical Association.
While there are several cleaning products which eliminate mould and mildew already lurking, there are also some simple steps you can take to keep the mould at bay.
Here are some top tips to prevent mould from Certified Mould Inspector Phillip Fry:
- The first step to preventing mould is getting rid of all sources of moisture. This can be a difficult feat, as the bathroom is of one of the main sources of water in the home. Firstly, you might consider installing a bathroom fan if you do not already have one. Turning your bath fan on during your shower or bath for half and hour or so, is very effective at flushing out moisture in the air.
- After showering or bathing, wipe any excess water off of wet walls with absorbent towels. This eliminates at least three-fourths of the moisture which supports the growth of mould and mildew.
- If you have tiles in your bathroom, make sure you seal the grout lines annually with a standard grout sealer. This will make them waterproof and will prevent mould from finding its way onto them.
Keep Things Dry:
- Leaving wet materials, such as towels or clothes, in your bathroom will encourage mould to grow upon them within a few days. Making sure these items are dried quickly is a sure way to keep them mould-free.
- Fixing any plumbing leaks will prevent the unnecessary build up of moisture in your bathroom. It is important to replace old pipes as soon as they show signs of dilapidation.
- Moving furniture away from walls and keeping closet doors open will allow air to circulate around the room. Any confined or dark spaces must be kept well ventilated. Fresh air is essential for the prevention of mould growth.
The susceptibility of mould growth in your bathroom depends solely on the upkeep and general circumstances of your bathroom. Try out these tips to reduce mould and keep your bathroom clean and your family healthy!