Removing Mould From Your Bathroom
Okay, so most people when they have mould problems immediately reach for bleach, ammonia or marketed products such as Exit Mould. The trouble with these products is that they simply DO NOT KILL MOULD. You see mould/fungi contain melanin which gives it it’s colour. Bleach or bleach type products just removes the colour out of the mould. So effectively, bleach just masks the mould giving you the illusion of a mould free bathroom but the mould is still actually there, alive and growing.
The other problems with harsh chemicals like bleach and Domestos is that it will harm your grout. Not only have these chemicals been known to remove the colour from grout but they will also weaken the grout’s structure.
Vinegar is the go-to product when wanting to destroy or prevent mould growth.
Vinegar penetrates the structure of mould and causes it to explode, which kills the mould.
Make your own vinegar solution from white wine vinegar and mix 4 parts vinegar with 1 part water. (Source: Dr Heike Neumeister-Kemp, Mycologist/mould expert).
It is recommended to clean your bathroom weekly with a vinegar solution.
How to Prevent Mould Growth
Mould is a fungus that reproduces and spreads by spores and it loves growing in damp, moist areas of your home which are poorly ventilated. The circulation of dry air retards mould growth. Hence proper ventilation will prevent most mould growth.
Here are a few things that homeowners can do to try to prevent mould growth.
Grout is not waterproof! Every time you shower, water seeps through the grout, then trickles down to the wall and floor joint. Water then accumulates behind the silicon joint and creates a nice damp environment. Which is why the wall/floor joint is usually the first place where you’ll see mould growth in your bathroom.
Firstly, if you have a new bathroom that hasn’t been used, we suggest you seal the grout before the very first shower. This will help to repel water from entering the grout.
If your shower is well and truly used, then we suggest you give your shower a really good clean (with vinegar) then let your shower/ bathroom dry out (yep, this is your permission to take a week off and holiday somewhere really nice). Once your shower is nice and dry seal the grout.
If your bathroom has porous ceramic glazed tiles, we suggest applying a product such as Shower Plug (available Bunnings) over your whole shower area.
IMPORTANT: Follow the manufactures directions when applying the grout sealer and reapply within the recommend time frame to keep your grout sealed.