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how to get rid of bathroom mould and mildew

how to get rid of bathroom mould and mildew

Mould and mildew thrive in dark, warm and wet areas, which makes bathrooms prime territory for these unsightly substances. Learning about the conditions that are conducive to the growth of these fungi can help renters and homeowners keep mould and mildew at bay.

Mould and mildew can grow on just about any surface, including wood, glass, tiles, grout, silicone, porcelain, and many other materials. Perfect conditions for mould and mildew growth include areas that have poor or low air circulation and ventilation, low lighting, high humidity, dampness, and warm temperatures. Considering bathrooms generally meet this criteria, mould and mildew are commonplace in bathrooms.

Mildew is a form of mould. Health experts say that mould can cause asthma, sinusitis and other breathing problems. Others claim it may lead to more serious health implications, such as cancer, immune-system disorders and memory loss. However, research has yet to determine if there’s a connection.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are between 50 to 100 common indoor mould types that have the potential to cause health problems.

Mould and mildew can also make rooms smell bad and musty, while the appearance of mould can mar a normally attractive-looking bathroom. These substances tend to spread quickly, so it’s up to homeowners to get it under control before mould and mildew become a problem.

control humidity
Humid conditions breed mould and mildew. Open a window before and after showering and bathing, or turn on the exhaust fan and let it run for a while to clear out the humidity.
shed some light on the situation
Darkness is a friend to mould and mildew. Keep the lights on in the bathroom after showering to inhibit growth.
When the bathroom is not in use, leave the blinds or drapes open if there is a window to let in natural sunlight and some fresh air.

use bleach and vinegar
Bleach and vinegar inhibit the growth of mould and mildew. Use a cleaning solution of vinegar and water, which is less caustic than bleach, or mix five parts water to one part chlorine bleach to clean bathroom surfaces. Use a stiff-bristled brush or old toothbrush to get into grout lines. If there is mould growing in the corners of tile where the tub meets the tile, soak a cotton ball in bleach and place in the corner. Remove a few minutes later and rinse.

test humidity
A hygrometer tests the humidity levels in an apartment or home. Levels above 60 percent can breed mould and mildew. Consider using a dehumidifier in the home to take humidity out of the air. Industry experts advise keeping home humidity between 30 and 60 percent for optimal comfort and safety.

wipe down shower walls
Use a squeegee or a wash cloth to wipe down damp walls and the tub to remove excess water.

saltwater soak
After cleaning shower curtains in the washing machine, soak them in a saltwater solution to prevent the growth of mould and mildew in the future.

use special paint
Fungus can grow on the paint in a bathroom as well. Use a special mildew-resistant paint in areas prone to moisture.Mould and mildew have grown in just about everyone’s bathroom at some time.
By eliminating the conditions that help it thrive, it’s possible to keep these fungi in check. n

— Metro Creative

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