Whether you prefer a nice hot shower or a long relaxing bath, there is one thing you would never want to see in your clean bathroom or shower room; mould. Over time mould can creep up on you and what might seem like harmless rust or marks on the edges of the shower or between bath tiles can actually be hosting a whole variety of different mould spores.
Plus with spring around the corner and the winter months still sending cold chills throughout the house every now and then, increased humidity and condensation within the house creates an ideal breeding ground for mould and spores to grow and spread. So it is better to act now if you see the first spots of mould than to wait until the summer or warmer weather, when it may be too late.
Mould, if left untreated, can cause permanent damage to the grouting and tiles of a shower. In addition to this, if you happen to live with small children or elderly parents, mould can affect their lungs and cause asthma, so it is essential that you check for mould on a regular basis
Moisture in Bathroom
Excess water present in the air after showering can settle on surfaces and cause mould, so it is good to air out the shower room after every use to ensure that it gets good air flow. It is recommended to have a bath or shower fan that pumps fresh air in and keeps the air flow steady, but if you’re worried that is not doing enough you can always open the door and any windows to let natural air in.
If your shower has a door, don’t close it after showering, because then regardless of how well the air is ventilated outside of the shower, the inside of the shower is still subject to mould and condensation.
Sponge or Spray For Cleaning
Keeping the shower and bath dry may seem like an oxymoronic task, but it is essential if you want to keep mould at bay to wipe down the shower tiles after every shower, or you can use a shower cleaning spray which is designed to be used when the shower is still wet. Simply spray all surfaces in the shower after using it and then leave the room to air out for a while.
Even if you have a regular cleaning schedule for your bath or shower, it is good to go through the bathroom and give it a thorough check and clean every now and then as there may have been spots you could have missed.
Being vigilant is the key to preventing mould from ever surfacing in your bathroom. If you are unlucky enough to have mould, or you are moving into a new home that has a mouldy shower or bath that you are not likely to replace, you can clean the shower by using either a non-toxic mould remover mixed with warm water, or heavy duty bleach.
Bleach is not recommended for those with delicate skin or asthma, and although the non-toxic mould remover requires a little more elbow grease, your lungs will thank you for it in the end.
Caroline Smythson has a young family at home and knows all too well about the constant mission involved in running an efficient and clean household. In her spare time she also writes about domestic issues on behalf of Christopher James Bathrooms.