Mould is a homeowner’s worst nightmare and a hugely common problem, especially in the bathroom. Not only is mould unsightly and can cause damage to your home, but it is also a health hazard as it produces allergens, irritants and sometimes toxic substances. You are more likely to have respiratory issues if you have mould in the home and it can impact the immune system.
Causes of Mould
To know how you can prevent mould from growing in the first place, you need to understand what causes it. The most common cause of mould is lingering moisture that occurs due to a lack of ventilation in the home. Mould thrives in warm, wet and dark conditions, so the bathroom can be a breeding ground particularly if you do not have windows or proper ventilation.
How to Stop Mould From Occurring
So, what are the best ways to prevent mould from growing? The key is making sure that the room is properly ventilated so that it does not stay wet for too long. Therefore, opening up a window and/or door after a shower so that the moisture can escape is the best form of defence. There are other key steps to take, including wiping down shelves in the shower after use, washing towels and bathmats regular (drying them in a well-ventilated area) and removing excess water from the shower screen.
There are then a few other handy tips to keep in mind that can prevent mould from growing. These include using a mould resistant bathroom paint, which should prevent growth from occurring. You should also invest in a good fan that removes moisture from the air and add purifying plants that can reduce humidity in the air. A few plants that can do this include English Ivy, Peace Lily and Reed Palms.
If you do happen to get mould in your bathroom or anywhere else in the house, you need to know how to handle it properly as it can be dangerous. You need to buy specialist mould remover and wear a face mask and gloves while you use it as these products can be quite strong. You should test the product in a small area first, follow the instructions carefully and rinse thoroughly after application.
It is important that every homeowner is aware of the dangers of mould, what causes it and how it can be prevented from growing in your bathroom and other areas of the house. Mould can spread quickly, which then makes it harder to manage and more likely to cause damage and lead to health issues. Therefore, you need to be careful with how you use the bathroom to ensure that steps are being taken to prevent growth.