Apply for a Trade Account
Free Delivery on orders over £500*
0113 244 4400Open 8.30am - 5pm
Call 0113 244 4400
Sanctuary Bathrooms Blog
Posted on Tuesday 28th May 2019 by Des Roberts
Bathroom mould is a very common problem, particularly in areas around the bath and shower. Mould is caused by a build-up of moisture, so it’s unsurprising that your bathroom can be a popular breeding ground for stubborn mould spores. Common bathroom fungus includes Stachybotrys, more commonly known as black mould, which thrives in damp, wet spaces with high humidity.
If you find mould in your bathroom, don’t worry, there’s plenty of easy ways to get rid of it!
Sealant, also known as caulking, is the stuff that forms a seal around the edge of your bath and sink. It often stays wet longer than other areas of your bathroom, encouraging common bathroom fungus and mould to develop. Follow these steps to clean mould off your bathroom sealant:
Using a paste for this part of the bathroom is a great idea, as it can be difficult for sprays and thinner solutions to have an effect.
Unfortunately, porous shower grout is a favourite place for mould to grow – and a tricky area to clean! Chlorine bleach, white vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are all effective cleaning agents, but some may be more suitable to your tiles than others. Before you start, ensure what you’re going to use won’t damage your tiles (and bear in mind that bleach products can fade coloured grout).
Choose the cleaning agent of your choice, and make sure you are wearing appropriate protective material (including gloves, a face mask and safety glasses if you are working with bleach/hydrogen products). The trick to cleaning this area is to work in small sections and use a stiff toothbrush to really work your cleaner of choice into the mouldy shower grout. This is the best way to tackle really intricate bits. Let it do its job for at least 30 minutes, then rinse, repeat as necessary, then dry. And don’t forget to keep the bathroom ventilated while you work!
Common bathroom fungus can make bathroom tiles look dull and unattractive. There’s a variety of natural and chemical methods you can use to clear mould off your tiles and bring a new lease of life to your bathroom:
It can be, so mould isn’t just an eyesore – it has health implications too. Prolonged exposure to damp and mould in the bathroom can trigger respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma, and can also affect the immune system. Some people, such as babies, children, and the elderly, are more sensitive to the effects than others. In short, it’s vital to know how to stop this mould and how to remove bathroom mould if it’s already taken hold.
Where mould is concerned, prevention is always better than the cure. Some easy strategies to prevent bathroom mould appearing in the first place include:
Keeping your bathroom ventilated: Do everything you can to make sure air is always flowing through your bathroom. Keep windows and doors open after having showers and baths and consider the installation of an extractor fan if you don’t already have one.
Preventing build-up of moisture: Look out for areas that might stay damp for long times and try to eliminate them. Always hang wet towels up so that they are flat and can dry. Also, make sure to stretch your shower curtain out so moisture doesn’t lead to mould growth in creases and folds.
Cleaning: Clean your bathroom on a weekly basis, including a wipe down of the walls. Cleaning surfaces that are susceptible to mould growth should help prevent it from becoming a problem.
Following the guidelines above should help you make your bathroom a happier place to be. The steps described will help keep mould at bay and give you a bit of know-how of what to do if you do see growth in your bathroom.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday: 9am - 4:30pm, Sunday: Closed
Privacy & Legal
Units 5, 6 & 7 Evans Business Centre, Albion Park, Albion Way, Leeds LS12 2EPTel: 0113 244 4400
© 2021 Sanctuary Bathrooms Leeds Ltd(VAT Registration NO. 128 3120 44)
Sanctuary Bathrooms Leeds Ltd is acting as a credit broker offering finance products from Omni Capital Retail Finance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 720279). Credit is subject to status.
Company number: 07713662