Mould loves the bathroom. It thrives in those high humidity and watery conditions.
You’ll already know that if mould isn’t regularly cleaned away it builds up into spots ranging from black through to grey and even orange.
The most common places that your bathroom harbours mould are the grouting, sealant, and wallpaper. These areas are rarely cleaned compared to the rest of the bathroom – and that’s when mould gets a hold.
You need to get rid of mould because the spores are bad for your health.
How To Clean Mould From Your Bathroom
Mould’s enemy is fresh air. After you’ve showered or bathed, open the window to let the steam escape.
Steam forms condensation which is the perfect breeding ground for mould.
Your window doesn’t need to be wide open, but if you leave it on the trickle vent during the day, it’ll help eliminate mould build-up.
If you have mould on your grouting or silicone, the best way to deal with it is white vinegar or a commercial cleaner for mould.
Spray on your choice and scrub the area with an old toothbrush. The mould will come away easily. Dry the area with a microfibre towel to ensure mould doesn’t immediately start to grow back.
If you can’t stand vinegar or commercial sprays make up a baking soda paste and scrub this on instead. It does just as good a job with no fumes.
Removing Mould From Bathroom Wallpaper
It’s harder to get mould off wallpaper as it’s much more delicate than tiling.
If there’s a heavy infestation of mould you’d do best to strip the wallpaper off and start again making sure there’s lots of fresh air in the room to prevent moisture hanging around and ruining the new paper.
But before you do that try mixing water with washing-up liquid. Take a soft cloth and gently rub the wallpaper in circular motions. Don’t get the paper too damp or it’ll peel off.
If that doesn’t work make a white vinegar and water mix. White vinegar kills bacteria and fungus so it’s pretty good at dealing with mould. Don’t use brown vinegar as it’ll stain the paper.
If the mould is really stuck on make up a mixture of one-part bleach to nine-parts water. This may discolour your paper so test it in a hidden corner first.
Keeping Mould From The Bathroom
There are commercial sprays you can use every day to prevent mould build-up. They are effective, but you could use a weekly application of white vinegar instead.
The best way to prevent mould in the bathroom is to let in lots of fresh air, use the extractor fan, and mop down areas that easily mould up after you’ve used the shower.
Moisture causes mould. If you can remove it then mould has no-where to hide and your bathroom will remain sparkling clean.