Fixed the whole mould-on-walls-in-bedroom situation? What’s next? Have you ever tried to remove mould from your bathroom, but that little thing keeps reappearing? Then, you are probably doing something wrong. Mould doesn’t build up only on walls, but also in bathrooms. Lucky for you! You’re in the right place! If you want to get rid of mould, then just cleaning it isn’t enough. You have to kill it. Yeah, that’s right!
There are many factors causing mould issues, but there are also enough ways to solve the problem. And we don’t mean to call professional mould remediation. We mean to tackle it on your own and say goodbye once and for all to this stubborn and annoying problem. The solutions are easy and affordable. You’ll only need ingredients you use almost every day. Read on and find out some effective ones to choose from.
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Why does my bathroom have mould?
Mould loves humidity! That’s a bigger and greater love story than Romeo and Juliet! Wherever there are high levels of moisture, you don’t have an extractor fan and there’s a lack of adequate ventilation, there’s mould growth. And guess what? The perfect place for mould to grow is a bathroom.
When the warm, damp air that prevails in bathrooms, comes into contact with a cold surface, like windows, walls, or even the ceiling, it cools down, creating condensation on these cold surfaces. Due to lack of good ventilation, there’s enough condensation; and along with the bathroom’s warm environment, there’s mould growth, black mould, and mould spores on the walls, the ceiling and the bathroom tiles. Did you get an unpleasant feeling by reading that? Sorry! What’s more, leakage on the toilet, leaking radiator or leaking washing machine, sink or plumbing pipes combined with leaving damp things, like towels, clothes or shower curtains, can make things worse.
Why do I need to clean mould from my bathroom?
The mould in the bathroom causes many health problems, mainly breathing ones. There might be symptoms related to allergies and asthma, such as infections, sneezing, a runny nose and red eyes.
Most likely to suffer from these symptoms by touching or inhaling mould spores are the elderly, people with skin and respiratory problems and children.
How to clean a bathroom mould?
Fortunately, there are various household ways to get rid of mould. You can make your own cleaning solutions with the materials and tools you’ve already have in your cupboards. Make sure that before applying any of the following solutions, wash the affected areas with mild detergent and warm water first. Let it dry and then use any of the following. Just go with the one that suits you best!
The bleach solution
You might hate this product and its smell! Like most of us! And you might avoid using it because of the chemicals that it contains. However, it’s the best mould removal. It kills mould, bacteria, sanitises the surfaces and prevents mould’s reappearance.
Mould on walls and the ceiling
To clean your walls and ceiling you’re going to need:
- Rubber gloves
- A bucket
- Bleach (opt for chlorine for better results)
- A cloth
- A ladder
- A face mask
Here’s how you’ll get rid of mould problems:
- The first step to take is to put on your gloves and the face mask to protect yourself from the excessive contact with bleach and mols. Open the window or the bathroom fan to achieve better ventilation.
- Prepare the solution. Mix one part bleach and ten parts water in the bucket.
- Soak one end of the cloth to the bleach solution and wring it very well to remove the excess water. Get on the ladder and wipe the mould from the bathroom walls and ceiling. Soak again a different end. Continue until you remove all the mould.
- When you clean all the affected areas, dry the walls and the ceiling by using a dry cloth. Just press it against the wall so that the cloth soaks up the moisture. Don’t rinse the wall. Leave it to keep working even when you finish your bathroom cleaning.
i. Make a new solution every time the water gets dirty.
ii. If there are too tight areas or ones you can’t reach, then, use an old toothbrush to clean them.
iii. Don’t use force to wipe the mould. There’s a great chance to damage your walls and ceiling.
Mould on shower tiles
Mould on shower tiles usually appears on the grout. So, if it happens you notice any mould on the shower tiles, here’s an easy enough way to remove it. You’ll just need:
- Some toilet paper
- Rubber gloves
And then follow these steps:
- Get some pieces of toilet paper and roll them.
- Cover the mould areas with the rolled toilet paper.
- Now it’s time to put on your gloves. You need to protect yourself from bleach!
- Pour it over the paper. Remember to be generous!
- Let it work for 12 hours or else overnight.
- The next morning, remove the paper. And voila! Mould has disappeared!
The white vinegar solution
If you want a more natural solution, then vinegar is the best choice. And don’t forget! No dangerous fumes emission. Vinegar can also kill bacteria and protect your items from mould. The only difference lies in the frequency you have to apply it. It needs regular use to prevent mould growth. To clean your bathroom from mould, you’ll need:
- A ladder
- A spray bottle
- White vinegar
- A scrubbing brush
Once you’ve collected all the needed materials and tools, follow these steps:
- Fill the bottle with vinegar and spray on the affected areas.
- Let it sit for an hour.
- Soak a clean cloth to a bowl filled with water, wring it and wipe the walls and the ceiling. You can also use a scrubbing brush. It’s an effective mould remover.
- Dab a clean, dry cloth over the damp areas to remove the excess moisture.
- Open the windows and the door to let the area dry until there’s no vinegar smell left.
Note: Use vinegar to all the areas (wall, ceiling, corners, tile grout) once or twice a week to prevent mould from building up.
The borax cleaning solution
Another DIY cleaning remover is borax mixed with vinegar and hot water which you can apply on painted or wallpapered walls. Needed materials:
- 2 tablespoons of borax
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- 2 cups of hot water
- A bowl
- A spray bottle
- A brush
Then all you have to do is:
- Mix two tablespoons of borax with ¼ cup of vinegar and two cups of water in a bowl.
- Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray.
- Rub with the brush and then using a dry cloth wipe the area.
- Spray again and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Finally, wipe dry.
The baking soda solution
One more cleaning method is baking soda. Did you think that it wouldn’t be here? Think again! Combine baking soda and water and watch the mould disappear from tiles. You’ll need:
- ½ cup baking soda
- A brush or toothbrush
Follow these steps:
- Mix ½ cup soda and water until you get a paste.
- Apply the paste over the affected grout.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Then rub the mould with the brush .
- Damp a cloth with water and clean the area from the soda paste.
How to keep mould in check?
Once you have cleaned the bathroom of any mould sign, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the chances of later mould growth and excess moisture. Wherever the mould has appeared (ceiling, walls, bath), you can take precautionary measures to minimise the chances of mould reappearance. Check these tips:
- Always ventilate the bathroom, especially after a bath or a shower. Keep the window and the door open to let the shower steam escape. That way you can enhance the drying process of your bathroom.
- If there’s no window in the bathroom, perhaps it’s time to consider installing an exhaust fan or using a dehumidifier to reduce moisture levels.
- Dry all the surfaces. Basin, shower, walls and mirrors are the spots where condensation appears. Use a soft cloth or a squeegee for large areas, like glass doors or tiles, to wipe excess water.
- Does your bathroom smell? Even if it doesn’t, you should clean your bathroom at least once a week. This way, you’ll eliminate any mould spores, and you’ll be able to act immediately in the first mould sign.
- Repair any water leaks and replace any mould caulking or sealant if you notice them.
- Choose a mildew-resistant shower curtain. Don’t neglect to wash it frequently. You should dry it after use and replace it regularly.
- Use antibacterial sprays and mould and mildew products, which are very easy for you to find. They are available for purchase online and at stores. There’s also a variety of options available in case you don’t want to use harsh chemicals in your bathroom.
If you have problems with the ceiling, there’s a solution to protect it. After having cleaned the top of the mould, take the following measures.
- Prepare a borate-based solution and apply it on the ceiling. Don’t rinse it. Just leave it as it is to prevent future mould growth.
- You can paint your ceiling with anti-mould paint. It’s a special paint formulated to prevent mould build-up even in rooms with high levels of moisture and condensation. This protective paint lasts for about 5-6 years. Just bear in mind that anti-mould paints aren’t waterproof.
- One more useful tip is to use ceiling cladding. It’s PVC, a material that doesn’t absorb steam and therefore you won’t have to worry about mould building up. For an ultra-resistant-to-mould ceiling, use the ceiling cladding over anti-mould paint.