● Keeping the air circulating freely
● Beat mould before it has a chance to grow
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Expert Guide To Effectively Ventilating Your Bathroom
Whether you’re planning a complete bathroom overhaul, or just want to make a few improvements, one of the most important things you need to be thinking about is ventilation.
Poor quality air circulation can lead to all sorts of issues, from unsightly mould growth, to trip hazards due to slippery surfaces caused by a build-up of moisture. In this guide, we’ll be taking a closer look at the measures you can take to keep your bathroom well ventilated.
Keeping the air circulating freely
The key to keeping things safe and bacteria free is to allow the air to circulate around the room easily. The thing to avoid is air becoming trapped. There are numerous ways in which this can be achieved, and thankfully none of them are too taxing while all are effective in some way. The best way to remove excess moisture from the room is by installing extractor fans. These helpful items keep things well ventilated, and many even come with useful features such as adjustable timers.
Another option to consider, particularly in smaller or windowless bathrooms, are dehumidifiers. These work by trapping the condensation, preventing it from spreading around the room, potentially triggering the beginnings of mould or mildew growth. Both extractor fans and dehumidifiers are readily available and won’t cost the earth (they’re certainly cheaper than having to redecorate the entire room due to excessive damp or rot).
Of course, there are even simpler ways to keep the air fresh. Leaving windows open during and for a while after showering or taking a bath will stop condensation forming. If your bathroom doesn’t have any windows, leaving a door open will reduce the presence of excessive amounts of moisture. Keeping any damp laundry or towels out of the room will also go a long way to combat condensation.
Beat mould before it has a chance to grow
The most visible effect of a poorly ventilated bathroom is the appearance of mould. Not only can this completely ruin the look of your bathroom tiles, but it can spread surprisingly quickly if untreated and can even lead to health issues in some cases. Obviously, no one wants this, so prevention of it appearing altogether is what we need to be aiming for.
While the aforementioned methods will all serve to protect against mould, it’s worth noting that besides moisture, it also likes dark spaces. With that in mind, if you have blinds or curtains fitted in your bathroom, it’s a good idea to keep them open regularly, especially when bathing, as allowing brightness to enter the room will hinder its growth.
If, unfortunately, your bathroom has already succumb to the effects of mould, then you can always take a look at our How To Get Rid Of Mould And Mildew blog post, as this details all the ways in which you can tackle the issue.
Even the most well ventilated spaces can sometimes trap little particles of moisture, so the ultimate way to keep things looking their best is to maintain clean, free-flowing air at all times. After all there’s no point installing a dehumidifier if it’s never switched on, or taking showers while leaving a window shut. Regular cleaning and checking will ensure that your bathroom looks better for longer.
Thank you for reading our guide to effectively ventilating your bathroom. Hopefully you have picked up lots of ideas and tips that will help you make the most of your new or existing bathroom. If you found this guide useful, why not share this article with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Rob, Victorian Plumbing