Do you have mould growing in your bathroom? Mould is generally a sign of a lack of proper ventilation in your home, and can be a potential health hazard if left to grow. Here we outline what mould is, how to look for it, and how you can go about getting rid of it.
What is Mould?
Mould is a naturally occurring green or grey growth that appears on objects that have been exposed to warm, wet air for long periods of time.
How to Identify if you have Mould
Generally mould is very visible and easy to spot. Have a look around your bathroom – in and around your bath and shower, behind and on curtains, and on the walls behind any cabinets or objects you have in your bathroom. Check your ceiling too.
Some of the more toxic mould such as Stachybotrys generally only grow inside wall cavities and are not a threat unless the wall is opened and the spores are released.
Potential Health Risks from Exposure to Mould
Most moulds are relatively harmless to healthy individuals, however some people are more sensitive to mould and some moulds can also release substances that are potentially toxic to any persons.
For some people, moulds can cause headaches, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, skin irritation or other flu-like symptoms. If you have a mould allergy, you may have a more severe reaction.
Those with asthma conditions, the elderly, babies and immune-compromised persons are at the greatest risk.
How to Eliminate Mould from your Bathroom
If you have mould growing in your bathroom (or other spaces in your home), there are several ways you can combat it to try and both remove it and stop it from reoccurring.
- Clean the existing mould from your walls, curtains or other objects with a solution of bleach and water – about 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Or you can buy a household detergent from your local supermarket such as Ajax Mould Remover. Spray the affected area and scrub with a stiff brush until clean. Rinse and dry.
- Create better ventilation by opening windows regularly, especially when you are having a bath or shower and creating steam.
- Install a bathroom extraction fan to remove the moisture from the air and prevent build up of excessive moisture leading to mould growth.