How to keep your bathroom mould free
Whether you’re a homeowner or renting, you never want to see mould in your bathroom. It looks unsavoury and can damage both your home and your health. That’s why it’s important to keep your bathroom mould free and tackle it whenever you first see it and get it under control before it gets out of hand.
Fortunately, while you’ll never completely eliminate mould in your bathroom, there are a number of steps you can take to significantly reduce the chances of it growing – most of which are low-cost and easy to do.
Here’s how you can keep your bathroom mould free:
Make sure your drains are doing their job
Mould loves water, which is why all of your drains (bath, shower, sink, floor, etc.) need to be doing their job properly and allowing any excess water to run away quickly. Keep your drains clean and free from debris by inspecting them on a weekly basis. It’s also worth checking how efficiently the water in your bathroom runs away. Maybe there’s a high spot in your shower where water hangs. You’ll either have to remove the water manually or get this issue fixed properly in the long-term.
Fix any leaks
Even something as trivial as a dripping tap can cause excess water in your bathroom, which could lead to mould growing. However, if you’ve got a more sinister leak, like a pipe in the wall or a drip behind your toilet, it could not only lead to your home being damaged, but also cause a significant outbreak of mould.
Be sure to fix any leaks as you notice them (even if they are small). By tackling these jobs while they are minor, you will reduce the chances of a larger bill further down the line.
Install an extractor fan
Extractor/exhaust fans are a great addition to any bathroom and really help to keep your bathroom mould free. Mould spores are very delicate in their early stages and a fan is often enough to remove them from the room. Extractor fans also remove a lot of the excess moisture too, reducing the chances of mould growing. Just be sure to use the fan while you are bathing and for at least 20 minutes after you have finished. Most fans can be installed on a timer, so you won’t forget to turn it off and waste electricity.
If you don’t want to install an extractor fan, be sure to open your bathroom window after you’ve finished bathing. This will allow much of the moisture out and help dry the room.
Wash bathroom linens regularly
Damp towels, bath mats, curtains and other bathroom linens are mould magnets – especially if they don’t fully dry out in between each use. That’s why you should never fold damp towels. Always hang them up to dry thoroughly and make sure all your bathroom linens are washed on a regular basis.