What is mould? What is mildew?
Why do mould and mildew appear in the bathroom?
How can I stop mold and mildew?
How can I get rid of it?

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Mould and Mildew

Mould and mildew are the bathroom’s version of monsters under the bed, except this monster is in plain view and if you’re not careful, all over the bathroom ceiling. It just so happens that the bathroom is their favourite breeding ground and is one of the most common places to find them.

Luckily, mould and mildew problems can easily be avoided by taking the right steps in prevention and if needed, the right action if a problem occurs. It is also important to understand that mould and mildew can cause health problems from anything as small as a cough to serious health issues such as lung infections. So, in this blog post we will tell you what it is, how it’s formed, how to stop it and most importantly, how to get rid of it.

What is mould? What is mildew?

Mould and mildew are often associated with each other but they do have their distinct differences and identifying these differences is important to understanding what measures you must take to preventing them happening. Mould is fuzzy in appearance and can come in a variety of colours such as brown, orange, green, purple or pink. Mildew begins as yellow spots that become brighter at first and then end turning brown.

Why do mould and mildew appear in the bathroom?

Tiny particles of mould are always floating around your house (don’t worry, they’re far too small to cause any harm to your home or health) but when given the right conditions they can spread quickly and become a potential threat before you know it. Dark and damp conditions, such as those in the bathroom make it a hotspot for the two. The parts of the bathroom most likely to be affected are the grouting, shower curtain and on bathtub or tile surfaces.

How can I stop mold and mildew?

Making sure your bathroom is well ventilated is one of the best things you can do. It may sound quite simple but something as small as opening a window after you’ve showered can make all the difference. Another simple yet effective method is increasing the amount of sunlight entering the room but this can be a costly measure to take. If your bathroom doesn’t have windows it is a great idea to install an extractor fan to circulate the air and get rid of all the moisture to prevent it condensing on your walls. If you are looking for a quick fix solution without circulating the air you can make sure that all surfaces and areas of the bathroom are clean and well maintained. You can also buy 'anti-mould' paint made especially for this problem. The paint’s tough finish contains safe chemicals that protects from mould and mildew growth.

You can also ensure your bathroom tiles have a longer mildew-free life span by sealing grout after the job is complete, locking away the porous surface which the bacteria thrives in.

How can I get rid of it?

There are a variety of ways to get rid of mold and mildew in the bathroom and most of the time you can find all of things you need in your house already.

1. One of the easiest and most accessible cleaning agents you can find in your home is white vinegar. You do not have to dilute it, you'll want it at its full acidic strength to break away the build up of mold.

2. You can also use a mixture of hot water, liquid soap and baking soda. The baking soda is a great at eating away at all of the mold without too much chance of damaging any grouting or tile surfaces.

3. Go into your local supermarket and you will find a selection of products that are perfectly suited for getting the job done. Most range from £3-4. They can even leave your bathroom smelling nicer (which is more than can be said for using vinegar).

I really hope you have picked up some useful tips on how to prevent and remove the build up of mould and mildew in the bathroom. If you have any specific questions about this problem in your bathroom then please add them in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.

Greg, Victorian Plumbing

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