The bedroom is for snoozing, and the lounge is for lounging. But did you know the bathroom is the favourite room in the house for many of us? It’s where we chill out in a hot bath and wash away the stress and grime of another busy day. So when you see those telltale spots of mould on bathroom ceiling and elsewhere, it’s definitely something you want to get rid of straight away.
Yes, it looks horrible – but bathroom mould in fixtures, ceilings and walls can actually be a downright health hazard, and pose an expensive risk to your valuable bathroom and home. And if you can’t spot any in your spotless bathroom, it’s probably just the case that you aren’t looking hard enough.
Mould just loves your mainly quiet, damp and dark bathroom, so if you can smell it or see it, it’s definitely a problem.
Ok, ok … it’s time to get your head around how to get rid of mould in bathroom spaces. Luckily, one of the most common bathroom headaches is also one of the easiest to fix – as long as you know how.
You’ve come to the right place!
Mould on bathroom ceiling and beyond? Get rid of it today!
1. Find it
As we’ve said, you’ve probably already spotted it … or sniffed it. But if you need to look harder, try under the sinks and around the shower doors and bath fixtures, and don’t forget the exhaust fan as well.
Also important to remember is that while the mould may have started in the bathroom, it may now be spreading to other rooms, particularly if your ventilation and lighting are bad.
2. Prevent it
If you’re lucky enough to not find any bathroom mould, congratulations! Now it’s time to keep it that way.
Mould loves poor ventilation, so when you have a shower or bath, flick on the exhaust fan – and keep it on for an extra half hour after you’re done (don’t worry, it doesn’t use a lot of power). If you use a shower curtain, buy a mould-resistant one, and once it’s old – throw it out and replace it.
If you love keeping your shampoo or rubber ducky in the shower, break that habit as well because it’s just extra hidden places for mould to grow. And don’t forget that the easiest way to prevent mould is to clean regularly.
3. Get rid of it
If you’ve got mould, time to say ‘oh-oh’. But don’t panic! As long as it’s not an absolute mould infestation from hell, a bit of DIY bathroom mould remover elbow-grease will do the trick!
Time to get stuck into your bathroom with mould-hating agents – bleach and vinegar are great, and hydrogen peroxide is the big gun. Just don’t use them all together, as you could concoct a dangerous mix. Our personal fave is vinegar and water, and it works a treat.
While you’re cleaning, open the windows – not just so the fumes ventilate, but so the fresh air dries out the mould as you go.
4. Replace it (the grout)
A favourite place for mould to grow in your bathroom is on the constantly-damp tile grout, especially if that grout is getting old, tired and worn. So if it’s been a year or so since you had it re-done, there’s no time like the present.
And while you’re at it, put some fresh (and mould-free) silicone around your bath and sink, too, as mould is notoriously hard to get rid of here.
5. Paint it (the walls)
If you’ve scrubbed that mould off your bathroom walls, well done! But don’t take a break yet. Why not re-paint the walls, and this time buy some easy-to-clean bathroom paint that contains handy mould inhibitors?
6. Seek advice (from us!)
If your mould is creeping into the walls and even your insulation, you may need to consider calling in your local plumber. It’s possible you have a hidden water leak or some other bathroom, water supply or plumbing problem, and that is speeding up the mould growth.
If you do need to call someone, the family-run Gold Coast Plumbing Company can be trusted for every plumbing problem under the sun. Call today on 1300 390 361 to find out what your local plumber can do for you.