How to Protect Your Bathroom Tiles From Mould and Mildew

How to Protect Your Bathroom Tiles From Mould and Mildew

Mould and mildew not only look gross, but they can wreak havoc on your family’s health as well. In fact, inhaling spores evoke a number of adverse effects such as irritation to the eyes, a runny or blocked nose, breathing difficulties, and even lung infections.
Therefore, it’s crucial to keep your bathroom free of mould and mildew, not just for cleanliness but also for the sake of your health as well.

Constantly cleaning them is a massive chore, so it’s prudent to prevent them from growing too much in the first place.

The Perfect Breeding Ground
Mould and mildew thrive in damp, dark, and humid environments with low airflow. Your bathroom is the ideal place for mould and mildew to grow which, without proper preventive action, will not only survive; they will thrive! Note that grout is porous, which means it’s adept at collecting annoying sums of soap scum.

Adopt the following precautionary tasks to reduce the rate at which mould and mildew can grow.

Leave the Lights On
Chances are you spent your whole childhood listening to your parents nag you about turning the lights off. Money doesn’t grow on trees after all, right?

Well, if you’ve got energy efficient light bulbs and/or access to cheap solar electricity, the minimal added expense could be well worth it in the long run. Leaving the lights in the bathroom on will help to reduce humidity and create less favourable conditions for mould and mildew to survive.

Don’t Let the Humidity Build Up Too Much
Taking a hot shower is a sure-fire way to fill your bathroom with sticky humid air. And that’s basically akin to giving mould a nice big bite to eat.

Flush the humidity out of your bathroom by either leaving the door slightly ajar or turning on an overhead fan. The process is especially important on hot summer days and in tropical regions.

Keep Your Bathroom as Dry as Possible
Wet towels and water puddles can also provide enough humidity to feed the potential mould and mildew in your bathroom.
If you spill a sizable amount of liquid, clean it up straight away. Ensure your towels are properly hung up to dry. In high-risk bathrooms, you might even consider keeping your towels elsewhere.

Do Some Spraying Every Once in a While
Vinegar is an excellent non-toxic household cleaner that is safe for the whole family. It also happens to be kryptonite for mould.
Spray a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water onto problematic areas every month or so to stop the build-up of mould in its tracks.

A word of warning, though: Never mix vinegar with bleach or spray vinegar onto an area recently cleaned with bleach. The subsequent chemical reaction could be deadly.

Use a Water Repellent on the Shower
A product such as Rain-X can prevent water from building up in the shower which will significantly halter the onset of mould. Periodically spray it on the walls and floor of your shower.

These simple tips can help you keep mould and mildew at bay. If you’ve already developed a serious problem, however, you’ll likely need help from a professional cleaning company. The expert team at O'Shea's have been providing Adelaide homes and offices with effective mould remediation and mildew solutions since 1990.

Contact them for a quote today.