As an ex-tenant of student-accommodation, I am all too aware of the unsightly problem of mould invested bathrooms. Bathrooms with their warm, moist humidity – are the perfect room for mould spores to grow in. Therefore, prevention is more effective than cure when it comes to mouldy fungi.
Moist air needs to be extracted from your bathroom regularly and efficiently. You may think that an open window would be enough to do this but the wet surfaces that spores love so much will not dry by simply attempting to air out the room air needs to be completely extracted to the outside of your house. A dehumidifier could also help to address the levels of condensation in your bathroom and/or home to lessen mould amalgamation.
Studying the pipe work of your bath or showers particularly where each pipe joins to another is very important. Pipes should be bone dry, since unnoticed leaks can cause considerable damage over time. You should look at the seals along baths or shower enclosures for mould too, as mouldy seals can mean spores have gotten behind the silicon and could be causing aesthetic damage where the eye can’t easily see.
In regards to preventative cleaning measures, shower doors, shower trays, wall and floor tiles should be cleaned and rinsed regularly to stop the growth of your mould problem. Cleaning products which contain bleach are particularly great at killing mould spores, as well as a hoard of other bugs and germs your bathroom may also be playing host to. Bleach can be used neat in non filled cracks between flooring and the shower unit to kill mushrooms as a temporary measure but long term, you should looking to have these gaps filled in.
It is worth noting that carpet is not suitable for bathroom floors since it harbours the warm water and can increase humidity levels further. You should also keep pot plants out of the bathroom as their moist soil is another breeding ground ideal for fungi spores.