Keeping your shower enclosure looking in top condition can be a challenge especially when it comes to removing and preventing mould.
Bathroom mould doesn’t only look unsightly but can also be harmful to your health too. Here is some useful advice for removing and preventing mould in your shower enclosure.
What is mould?
Mould is a type of fungi and is formed in damp areas that aren’t well ventilated and reproduces by making spores, which can affect your health, for example making asthma worse and causing allergic reactions.
The only way to ensure that you stay on top of mould growth is to control the source of moisture.
Removing mould in the shower enclosure
An effective way to get rid of mould in your shower enclosure is to use a mixture of bleach and water.
Before using bleach always make sure you use rubber gloves and ensure your bathroom is sufficiently ventilated too.
If using water and bleach to remove mould in your shower mix one part water and one part bleach, then simply apply to the affected area and leave for approximately 15 minutes and rinse clean afterwards.
This process can be repeated if necessary.
Alternatively you can also purchase cleaning sprays that are specifically designed to remove mould in your shower enclosure and will instantly kill the mould.
Before using a cleaning spray always make sure that you read the manufacturers guidelines to ensure of safe and efficient use.
Mould sprays are very easy to use, just spray the affected area and leave for the required time and simply rinse with water afterwards.
Preventing mould in your shower enclosure & bathroom
- To prevent mould from forming it is essential that you clean your shower enclosure regularly, about once a week.
- Ensure that your bathroom or shower room is well ventilated and always keep a window open during and after showering. Install an extraction fan that is vented outdoors if you don’t have a window in your bathroom so that damp, humid air can effectively clear away.
- A recommended humidity level of around 40-60% should be maintained in your bathroom, if needed a dehumidifier can help to reduce moisture levels.
- If you have any leaking pipes in your bathroom ensure that they are fixed as soon as possible to prevent the growth of mould.
- Never fit a carpet in your bathroom or en-suite as this can cause mould to grow; always install non-porous floor materials such as ceramic tiles.
- Before starting any paint work add a mould inhibitor to the paint to help prevent mould from forming.
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