Moulds are fungi that grow as multicellular filaments, called as hyphae. It is present everywhere around us. Even the air we breathe contains mould particles. Mould is a natural process of decay, which plays a significant role in making penicillin and cheese. However, if grown unchecked, it can be harmful to your home as well as your health.
Moulds are too common in the bathroom due to high humidity and water availability. Also, the running water in the bathtub, shower and bathroom basins create puddles of water, which gives perfect moisture for moulds to grow. If you let the water dry on its own, it will evaporate into the air and create humidity, which is equally effective in mould generation. The bathroom does not have enough ventilation. Therefore, the humidity tends to persist inside the bathroom space, giving enough time and environment for moulds to survive.
If you see the development of mould in your bathroom, it is time to take immediate action. To start with, you can get many cleaning materials in your house itself, like a cloth, sponge or scrubbing brush. For hidden places in your bathroom, you can also use a hard bristle old toothbrush.
Even if you clean the surface area where you saw mould germinating and growing, there are chances of them returning. Mould preventing solutions like vinegar, bleach, borax and ammonia can be effectively utilised for regular bathroom cleaning, and to stay safe from moulds. If you see mould development in the tile sealers, it is better to remove and replace it as soon as possible.
Moulds can quickly start developing on the tiles and grout around them. However, removing moulds from tiles and grout is not difficult in early stages. For tile cleaning, you can use a cloth for scrubbing off the mould. However, tile’s grout cleaning requires a little more effort. You can use bleach to remove the mould and relative stains from the grout. After applying the bleach solution on the tiles and grout, you will have to scrub the grout heavily with a strong bristle toothbrush or scrubbing brush.
Due to the existence of body oils, soap scums, steam, humidity and flowing water, moulds get enough space to grow and survive under shower and bathtub. To save your shower area and bathtub from mould, clean the areas regularly with your preferred tile cleaning products and tile cleaning solutions. Do not forget to wipe off the shower and tub to keep the area dry and moisture free. You can also cover the shower and bathtub with plastic inserts to control mould growth.
Mould removal bathroom basin and bathroom drains
Bathroom basin is another easy access for moulds due to the presence of soap scum, grime and water. Regular cleaning of basin and keeping it dry can stop mould development. For moulds persisting inside the drain, you will have to scrub it with the help of a hard brush. If the mould is deep inside the drain, you can pour in a strong drain cleaner or a homemade mould killing solution like vinegar or bleach.
However, it is difficult to make sure that all the mould is clear as the visibility inside the drain is almost zero. If you want to kill moulds inside the drain completely, you should opt for professional help.
Mould development is awful news for your health as well as the living conditions of family members. A little diligence can save you from harmful effects of moulds.