It can be disheartening to regularly clean your bathroom yet find certain areas filling with mould again rapidly after each cleaning. Not only does it look bad, but it can also aggravate respiratory conditions in vulnerable people. Here are some steps to ensure that your bathroom stays mould-free and looking great.
Track down the source of the water and repair it
In order for mould to grow, it needs to be a warm and damp environment. Ideally a bathroom should be relatively leak-proof and all water should remain either on the surface of the tiles or shower hob/bath tub after use. It is important to clean up visible water and circulate fresh air through the bathroom so that no steam can condense on the walls. An extraction fan can be useful if your air circulation is not that great. Steam related mould is often relatively dispersed and occurs high on walls where steam tends to gather.
However, if you see mould starting to bloom from a certain point each and every time, such as around the shower head, you may find that you have a leak in the plumbing that requires repair. Once you have determined you need leaking shower repairs or something else, you need to make the repairs. If you can't do this yourself, it's a good idea to call a plumber to trace the plumbing and make any necessary repairs.
Clean the bathroom fully
Once the bathroom is dry, it is important to fully clean the space with products that include an anti-fungal agent. There are a range of products for bathrooms that have anti-fungal agents, including grout sealants that can be used between tiles and paints that can be used around tiles and taps. There are even plasterboard products, with wax-based paper and anti-fungal agents in the plasterboard, which are ideal for wet areas.
Seal the affected area
Most bathroom moulds also require oxygen to grow, so if there are any spores that have missed both the cleaning and anti-fungal agents, then the next best option is to deprive them of oxygen. There are a range of wet area sealants that can be sprayed on the bathroom to create an oxygen-proof environment.
If you have recurrent issues with mould in your bathroom, you should call a plumber to investigate the pies for leaks and repair the underlying causes. A clean and mould-free bathroom can be easily achieved with a little assistance from a professional plumbing and/or mould remediation service.