Mould is quite possibly the most frequent hazards your bathroom faces on the day to day basis. As most people know very well, mould spores are formed as a result of high levels of humidity and considering how damp and heated bathrooms usually get it is very easy for the air inside to get condensed and produce large amounts of moisture. That moisture will stick to walls and the ceiling and steadily develop into mould spores, slowly taking hold and eating away your house.
A few helpful tips that you can follow to protect your bathroom from the danger of mould are:
Ventilate your bathroom properly
The main reason why mould takes hold in bathrooms is the lack of proper ventilation. If your bathroom has a window, keep it open as long as possible to let the airflow inside. Otherwise, run the exhaust fan your bathroom might possibly be equipped with or invest into a dehumidifier to automatically manage the humidity level inside the room for you.
Exhaust fans and dehumidifiers will prove very useful even in case you have a window to work with.
Paint with anti-mould products
Unbeknown to most people is the fact that anti-mould products exist and just how useful they are in preventing the decline of your bathroom walls and ceiling. Anti-mould paint, for example, works in such a way that it creates a surface with condensation repelling abilities. If you choose to go down this road, though, you should know that the paint is not actually waterproof and it won’t offer any meaningful protection against water damage if the ceiling and wall are constantly exposed to excessive water.
Consider cladding your ceiling
Cladding your ceiling seems to have become the preferred way to protect your ceiling from mould due to how easy it is to install while also maintaining a stylish aspect to it. The clad won’t absorb the stream so mould won’t take hold. Combining the cladding with the anti-mould paint will offer twice the protection and make the ceiling resistant to both moisture and wetness.
When talking about mould, bathrooms will always be considered danger zones. That’s why inspecting frequently for fungus growth is a must if you want to save yourself the hassle of dealing with it later on. And since moisture isn’t produced only by you using your bathroom for everyday needs, inspection will also help you in identifying early on other types of dangers like a leakage or a broken pipe.
Clean on your own
In the case that mould has already begun to show its signs, further actions to prevent its growth are impossible before eradicating the one accumulated. Your bathroom walls and ceiling will first have to be cleaned off for the previously mentioned tips to be effective.
Luckily enough, there are also a few tips you can follow for removing the accumulated mould.
Someone smart once said, “ You are only as good as the tools you use” and as most people know very well, every job requires its own set of tools. If you choose to go the route of getting down and dirty yourself instead of calling for professional aid you should first equip yourself properly. Fortunately, cleaning off meagre amounts of mould doesn’t require more than a few essentials.
For your own safety, you will need to protect your hands and face so items like:
- Face masks
are paramount if you don’t wanna risk any health issue.
For the cleaning process, you can go for items like:
- Mould eradication kits
- Anti-bacterial sprays
Mould eradication kits are the best option you have if you want to leave a clean slate after finishing and they usually include all the products you will need. If they are not an option, other products like anti-bacterial sprays and bleach will also help greatly. Just be sure to leave a window open while cleaning to avoid the risk of getting any side effects of inhaling too much chlorine gas.
Removing the mould
To remove the mould simply wash the area with warm water and diluted bleach if bleach is all you have on you. When using an anti-bacterial spray simply spray the solution onto the mouldy parts and leave it for around an hour before cleaning with water and then letting it dry.
If you brought a mould eradication kit make sure you spent a good amount of time perusing the instructions before starting the cleaning process as they might contain important information on their use.
Beware of the common risk
As you are working with dangerous material there will always be some kind of risk involved. Using items like gloves and masks will help a lot but they are not always enough. Inhaling too much gas can cause you to faint and simply slipping in the ladder while cleaning the walls or the ceiling can end very badly. So make sure someone else is also at home when engaging in this sort of cleaning to help you if need arises.
Seek professional help
Cleaning small amounts of mould in the bathroom on your own is certainly not impossible but it’s not always a good idea. Aside from the most common health dangers involved you also have to take in consideration the fact that even a job well done probably won’t be permanent and mould will probably still grow in the future. Seeking professional aid will always be the best possible solution if you want to make sure the slate is left clean and no future problems will ever arise.