How to Avoid Bathroom Mould & Mildew This Summer
As summer approaches, many of us are eager to enjoy the warmer weather and longer days. However, with summer also comes increased humidity, which can lead to a common problem in bathrooms: mould and mildew growing in the darkest, dampest spaces. Especially with 2023 forecasted to be hotter than 2022, “the 10th year in a row the global temperature is at least 1C above average.” (BBC)
Mould can be due to “condensation, leaking pipes, rising damp in basements or ground floors, or rain seeping in because of damage to the roof or around window frames. A newly built home may be damp if the water used when building it is still drying out, e.g. in the plaster on the walls.” (NHS)
Not only can these pesky fungi damage your home, “you're more likely to have respiratory problems, respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. Damp and mould can also affect the immune system.” (NHS)
10 Ways to Avoid Bathroom Mould & Mildew this Summer
Mobility Plus have recommended 10 ways to help you avoid bathroom mould and mildew during the summer heatwave:
1. Use a dehumidifier:
One of the best ways to reduce humidity in your bathroom is to use a dehumidifier. This appliance will help remove excess moisture from the air and prevent mould and mildew growth.
2. Use a fan:
Make sure you have a fan in your bathroom and use it while showering or bathing. This will help circulate the air and reduce humidity levels.
3. Wipe down surfaces:
After showering or bathing, wipe down surfaces such as tiles, shower curtains, and walls to remove any moisture.
4. Fix leaks:
Any leaks in your bathroom, such as a dripping faucet or showerhead, can contribute to excess moisture. Make sure to fix any leaks as soon as possible.
5. Keep windows open:
If your bathroom has a window, keep it open while showering or bathing to help vent out moisture.
6. Use a squeegee:
Use a squeegee to remove excess water from shower walls and doors after each use.
7. Use a shower curtain liner:
Use a shower curtain liner to prevent water from getting on your shower curtain and creating a breeding ground for mould and mildew.
8. Clean regularly:
Regular cleaning can help prevent mould and mildew growth. Use a bathroom cleaner that is designed to kill mould and mildew, and make sure to clean any areas where moisture tends to collect, such as corners and grout lines.
9. Use natural remedies:
If you prefer to use natural remedies, there are several options available. For example, you can mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use it to clean your bathroom. Tea tree oil is also a natural antifungal that can be added to your cleaning solution.
10. Keep bathroom door open:
Finally, keep your bathroom door open when possible to allow air to circulate and reduce humidity levels.
When is it an emergency?
For most people mould exposure is not an emergency. However, it’s best to let your GP know if you have a health condition as it may raise the risk of complications in case you're experiencing mould-related symptoms. (Healthline)
You can opt for professional help to remove household mould if it's extensive, however you might be able to remove it yourself if it's small and hasn't spread to far yet. The UK government also provides support with home improvement grants and services which can lessen the financial burden of removing damp and mould on your own. (NHS)
By following these tips, you can help prevent mould and mildew growth in your bathroom during the summer months. Not only will this help keep your bathroom looking clean and fresh, but it will also contribute to a healthier living environment.
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