Posted on: 21 July 2017
Due to their intended purpose, bathrooms are naturally damp places. And the problem with damp places is that they can be prone to mould, especially if they only get limited sunlight, as is the case with many bathrooms for reasons of privacy.
Keeping on top of cleaning away mould can be quite an effort in some bathrooms, but there are a few things you can do to inhibit its growth and help keep it away. If you're planning a total remodel of an existing bathroom, take the opportunity to make it virtually mould-proof by following these simple tips.
Recognise the hotspots
Often, there are a few particular areas you're more likely to find mould in your bathroom. The ceiling is one of them, walls are another, and the grout between tiles is the third. Once you're aware of where these are, check out how effective they currently are at repelling mould. Things like textured surfaces and peeling paint help harbour spores and the moisture that helps them grow.
A well-ventilated room reduces condensation, which means there's less moisture about to kick start mould growth. If you only have a small window or you're not able to keep it open, you can easily run into problems here. You should install an extractor fan to increase the ventilation in the bathroom and keep it dry.
Keep it warm
A warm room means warm walls and ceilings, and that means you're not going to get droplets of water building up. Including a heater in your bathroom design helps achieve this easily. If the bathroom is small, a compact heated towel rail can normally fit in the space neatly, and you'll have nice warm towels as an added bonus.
Use the right materials
Before repainting, make sure you apply a layer of anti-mould primer to your walls and ceiling. This will go a long way towards stopping the issue and can last years before it needs to be replaced. You can also get hold of paint with an anti-mould ingredient.
Grouting tiles and sealing any gaps should be done with a special anti-mould sealant, too. This can be one of the most difficult areas to clean mould from, so you'll be glad you used the right materials.
Examine your windows
Windows deserve a special mention as they're often forgotten in bathroom renovations. However, if you have wooden frames, look for signs of peeling or flaking paint. Once this happens, mould will get through to the wood and be extremely difficult to shift. It's well worth replacing them with PVC-framed windows, or with new wooden ones with a good quality protective coating.Share