You’ll find “Mold” in Wales – and anywhere else on Earth that opts for the US spelling of the word – but at Big Bathroom Shop we deal with “Mould” and “proper English” (sic), so let’s look at how to deal with that bathroom nastiness in a little more detail.
How To Get Rid Of Bathroom Mould
Bathroom mould is a nasty and unsightly thing that should be dealt with as soon as its seen.
Not only is it ugly, but it can be harmful to your health, sometimes causing breathing difficulties and damaging your immune system.
Thankfully, most mould can be easily removed with a simple cleaning solution.
In this ultimate mould removing guide, we show you how to spot it, get rid of it and prevent it from coming back!
What Is Bathroom Mould?
Bathroom mould is a fungus that loves to grow in the damp and warm conditions of your bathroom.
As one of the most common problems in any bathroom, it can grow on almost any surface, including –
Once there, bathroom mould can spread very quickly and even be present without any visible signs.
What Causes Bathroom Mould?
Mould begins to grow due to excess moisture and poor ventilation – why else do you think most bathrooms have an extractor fan?
In a hot and steamy bathroom, condensation can begin to build up over time.
As the warm, moist air meets the cold surfaces in your bathroom, it will cling on much like it does on your windows in the winter.
But it isn’t just a lack of ventilation that causes bathroom mould.
Poorly insulated bathrooms, leaking pipework, and excess condensation – that is not removed following a bath or shower – can all contribute to ugly black mould taking hold.
How Can I Tell If I Have Mould In My Bathroom?
There are several ways to identify if you have a bathroom mould problem.
If you can already see it, the issue is probably already quite advanced and will need addressing as soon as possible.
It is important to know what you are looking for, so here are just some of the tell-tale signs that you may have a mould problem in your bathroom.
How To Remove Bathroom Mould From Tiles
There are several ways in which to remove mould from a bathroom, some more easy than others.
The trick with them all is to ensure you kill the mould off.
This is the best way to keep it at bay and be sure it won’t make an unwanted return.
However, before you tackle any mould, it is important to identify the source and only remove it if is caused by condensation, as explained by the NHS website.
So, if you’re certain condensation is the cause of your problem, let’s look at the best things to use and how to make your own mould killing solutions to get rid of that nasty stuff that’s spoiling your bathroom ambience.
1 – Just Kill It With Bleach
2 – The Vinegar Solution
3 – Use Borax (Just Like The Big Cleaners)
How To Remove Bathroom Mould From Walls
Whether painted or wallpapered, removing mould from bathroom walls take a little more care than with tiles – obviously, it is best to avoid scrubbing paint and wallpaper with a brush!
Try using the more natural removers like white vinegar or borax but dilute it a little more than you would when cleaning tiles.
A few different methods can be used to effectively remove mould from walls.
Soap and water is a good place to start, and simply using a sponge or cloth to scrub the area lightly will likely make a difference.
If this fails, one part bleach to nine parts water with a little washing up liquid could get the job done. Be sure to test it in a less conspicuous part of the wall first, if possible.
Try not to get papered walls too wet, as they can bubble up, so be sure to dry the area completely after cleaning.
When Removing Mould, Do So Safely
Scrubbing away surface mould can be done in a matter of minutes with any of the methods above, but often the problem can be a little deeper seated.
Mould can spread and grow in places that go unnoticed and until you have spotted surface staining, mushy stud walls or a musty smell, you may not know that it is there.
If you do intend to remove mould from a space that is covering more than a few square feet, we suggest you take extra precautions.
Being a little more careful will avoid contaminating the rest of the house with the problem and prevent you from breathing in high concentrations of mould spores, which can be extremely dangerous.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you need to wear a full hazmat suit to get the job done, just for you to take a few extra precautions.
Avoid The Dangers
To avoid any danger, it may be best to contact a professional to do the job safely, but if you insist on doing it yourself, be sure to consider the following:
- Wear old clothes that you don’t mind throwing away.
- Wear goggles, gloves and a respirator facemask (like an N95 or P100).
- Control any airborne mould spores by wetting mouldy areas with a sprayer as you work.
- Double bag anything you need to remove in durable bin bags.
- Set up an old (or newly bought cheap) fan in a window to ventilate as you work – you’ll need to throw this out when you’re done.
- If you have it, switch off your air con while you work to contain any spores in the one space.
- Most of all, work slow and be careful.
Please Note: The above is merely a guide and to be sure you are doing the right thing, we would always recommend seeking the advice of a professional, or just having them do the job to ensure it gets done safely and correctly.
How To Prevent Bathroom Mould
To ensure you don’t continue to have a mould problem in your bathroom – or in any other room for that matter – you have to control and reduce the level of condensation in the space.
The best way to achieve this is to improve your bathroom ventilation.
Proper ventilation is the most effective way to control bathroom condensation, eliminate and prevent mould infestations.
There are several ways to do this.
Image Credit – @south_nostalghia via Twenty20
The most common way is with an extractor fan, which is usually mounted on your ceiling and employed to suck moisture and other elements through a vent and out of your bathroom.
Using an extractor fan and opening a window should go a long way to preventing moisture build up and ultimately lead to less chance for mould to take root.
You should look to wipe down surfaces after a shower or a bath. This includes windows, window sills, tiles and bathroom units, and avoid leaving damp towels lying around to fester.
You should also consider the ambient temperature of your home. The colder your home is, the more condensation you can expect to deal with.
Always look to keep your home’s temperature at around 15 degrees Celsius, as this will prevent moisture gathering on external walls.
And finally, check your insulation.
In your loft or in your walls, ensuring you are properly insulated will help to keep your home warmer, increasing the temperature of cold surfaces and reducing the chances of damp and mould developing – this is especially important in the colder months of the year.
Beating Bathroom Mould
To deal with and prevent mould try to keep your bathroom ventilated and well-lit with natural light.
Clean regularly and treat tiles with any of the options above to reduce the chances of an infestation developing.
Wipe off surfaces following a bath or a shower and don’t leave damp towels lying around.
If all else fails – and we obviously hope it doesn’t – you can always tear it apart and start again, and we have all the inspiration you need to renovate your bathroom from scratch!
Good luck getting rid of the nastiness, and don’t forget, it is MOULD and not that lovely place in Wales!
Thanks, and remember to think BIG, but dream BIGGER!
John loves reading design blogs and bringing those ideas to the Big Bathroom Shop Inspiration pages. When he isn’t reading or writing copy, you’ll find him reaching out to industry experts to get all of the latest bathroom news.