Bathroom mould is not a sign of poor cleaning habits. Black bathroom mould is usually the result of high levels of moisture combined with poor ventilation. It thrives in these damp humid conditions and will continue to do so for as long as these ingredients are present.
Before dealing with mould removal, you should really try to stop future growth first.Bathroom mould is likely to be found under the sink, around the door to your shower cubicle and fixtures, on the window frames – moisture is attracted to the window because it is the coldest surface
Steps to take to prevent mould
- open the window after bathing or showering – even just leaving them open for 15 minutes per day can make a difference to moisture levels
- drop the temperature of the water when taking a shower or bath to minimise the amount of steam
- use a dehumidifier
- after taking a shower use a scraper to wipe the water of the glass and tiles of your shower cubicle to reduce the amount of moisture released into the air
- stop dripping taps by closing them properly or replacing the washers to prevent constant dripping
- turn-on the extractor fan when cooking, keep lids on pots to prevent excessive amounts of steam and close the kitchen door to stop steam being drawn towards colder rooms in the house
- hang washing outdoors to dry whenever possible. If you have to dry them indoors use a dehumidifier to extract as much moisture from the air as possible. Having the heating on will also help reduce moisture content.
- invest in a humidity meter to monitor levels and try to keep them below 50%
- making sure your home is well insulated