There’s nothing that can kill the ambiance of a room quicker than the sight of damp and mold. Of course, it’s also a potential health risk to you and your family. Moisture and humidity are two of the greatest risk factors in any outbreak of mold, so it should be no surprise that the bathroom is one of the most susceptible areas of the home. Here, we’re going to look at steps you should be taking to ensure you don’t give mold a foothold in yours.
Freshen up that air
Of all the rules of bathroom design, airflow is one that should be followed no matter the case. If you’re ever a designing a new bathroom, ensure that your extractor fan is placed directly above the shower, where the most moisture and humidity is produced via steam. Extractor fans need to be cleaned of dust and debris every twice a year. Remember to turn off the power supply before removing the cover, cleaning the fan blades and the vent cover. You don’t need much more than warm soapy water to get the job done. Otherwise, try and keep the doors and windows open when the bathroom isn’t in use to make sure that air can flow through the bathroom, drying it out much more quickly.
Don’t leave any gaps
Little gaps in the surfaces of your bathroom are the perfect place of origin for mold outbreaks. Moisture tends to gather in between them and can seep into a wide range of materials, from old sealant to drywall. If you are starting to see mold forming between your tiles, it may be time to use new grouts and re-grout the entire bathroom wall. Just like all things in the home, grout has an expiration date and may need to be replaced from time to time. That said, you can clean away the first signs of mold from between your tiles with little issue.
The right kind of clean
On a much more regular basis, you should do what you can to keep the bathroom clean. There are plenty of mold-killing products you can use, including bleach, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. You can also make the bathroom easier to clean by organizing it a little better. For instance, don’t keep things like shampoos, loofahs, and soaps cluttered up in a corner of the shower or the edge of a bath. Install a tray for them, as moisture and dust can gather between them and create a spot ripe for mold. What’s more, you should look into replacing any existing shower curtains with a mildew-resistant alternative that you should then clean regularly. If you have any rugs in the bathroom, wash them regularly, too.
Besides the steps mentioned above, if you see a sudden outbreak of mold, you should be concerned as to whether or not there’s a leak. Leaking pipes, clogged guttering, and cracked or missing roof tiles are three of the most common sources of household leaks, so carry out an inspection just to be safe.
*This is a collaborative post.