A brand-new bathroom is clean, shiny, and a sight to behold. We always make sure your new dream bathroom is clean and shined to its best before handing it back over to you on completion of work.
Once you start using it though, you’ll be in constant battle with the elements that will continue to try and take away your new bathroom feeling, and one of those will be mould.
Mould loves bathrooms. Your bathroom has all the criteria it needs to grow, and you’d do well to keep this ideal environment at bay.
Mould loves darkness, moisture, and warmth, and at given times of the day your bathroom has these. There are many ways to keep mould at bay in your bathroom but one tried and tested solution is a well-ventilated bathroom.
Here are some ways you can keep your bathroom ventilated and make it a less desirable place for mould.
Open the windows (permanently)
Simply put: your bathroom will generate steam and that will become moisture and that will cause mould. Opening the window after a shower or bath will allow the steam to rise, as steam rises and will find the window naturally.
But once you close the window you’ll trap the steam, and this will cause you problems. Consider leaving your window open (on the night lock) at all times to ensure that steam has 24-hour access to the outside world whilst also keeping your property safe.
Heat your bathroom
Heat is the ideal combat to moisture build up. Making your bathroom airy, but heating it will dry up the water from your bath or shower, reducing the time your room has water lying on the surfaces and thus stopping mould from forming.
Don’t allow surfaces to stay wet
Moving on from the above tip, when you’ve finished your bath, shower, shave or other bathroom cleaning make sure that you give it a daily wipe down. Standing water shouldn’t really happen in a well-designed and fitted bathroom but there will often be an area like a seal, join, or other area where water will rest and stay put. A simple wipe down after you’re done will move it along and stop it making a new home and causing moisture to cause you other problems.
Wipe down your shower door after use
The shower door will usually bear the brunt of most of the water in your bathroom although the walls around it will also be covered in water and then allowed to dry off naturally after. Adding a shower door window ‘squeegee’ will help to keep your shower door to dry faster and also keep it looking cleaner for longer.
You could bring in some tech, too. A bathroom mirror all steamed up after your shower can be a real nuisance and stop you from seeing what you’re doing. Installing a heated mirror, much like on a car wing mirror, will help you see yourself after your shower and also dry up some of that moisture. Every little helps, right?
Make sure you have an extractor fan
Of course, you should make sure you have a bathroom extractor fan. Any new bathroom fitted will have to have one in accordance with UK building regulations now, but if you have an old bathroom that you need to improve then this is a worthwhile and necessary addition.
The best way to use one is to link it to your bathroom lighting so that it comes on automatically and deals with the steam (and odours) without you having to remember to use it.
This is especially important in a family home where you’ll have people using the bathroom who are not as invested in the continual cleanliness of it!
A well-ventilated bathroom is a clean one
Not only will you avoid mould and mildew, but you’ll have a fresher smelling bathroom too that will avoid stains to any metal components and areas of your bathroom that won’t take kindly to constant content with water.
A bathroom extractor fan is a must, but for the time-being an open window and not leaving the bathroom door shut will help hugely.
Looking to re-design and fit your bathroom?
We build dream bathrooms and would love to help you.
Contact us now or pop into our Coventry bathroom showroom.