Mould and Mildew

Removing Mould and Mildew

There is nothing more off putting than going into your bathroom and finding little black specks between your tiles, or finding mould on your shower curtain. But do not worry! Solutions 4 Cleaning is here to help with some handy tips on how to remove mould and mildew from your bathroom.

Moulds and mildews are part of the Fungi family and thrive in damp areas that have poor air circulation, such as basements and bathrooms. Mould and mildew can usually be identified as a thin covering of an object with the colouring of white, black or bluish green. Not only is it not a pretty sight, but it releases a musty odour into rooms, and will cause damage over time to whatever surface it has attached itself to.

The best way to tackle mould and mildew is first through prevention. This can be done by:-

-Firstly keeping areas clean. Soils or grease on dirty items or can help feed mould and mildew, allowing the unwanted visitor to grow.

-Dry any damp fabrics, don’t leave damp clothes around in washing baskets or shower curtains bunched up and damp. Those are perfect conditions for mould.

-Circulate the rooms that are susceptible to damp. This can be easily done by opening windows regularly or using electric fans if a natural breeze is not enough.

-The last one is to be aware and protect against dampness all over the household. This is the best way to tackle mould and mildew.

Removing mould and mildew from bathrooms

There are two main ways to remove mould and mildew from bathroom areas. The first one we suggest is the natural method of using white vinegar.

Because vinegar is very acidic, it attacks the mould / mildew straight away. A mild white vinegar should always be used and make sure that you do not dilute it. Spray the vinegar on the surfaces that are affected and leave it to settle for around an hour. Vinegar does have quite a strong smell at first so it might be a good idea to open a window. After an hour, wipe the area with warm water to eliminate the smell and dry with a towel to ensure that the surface is not damp to stop mould growing again. Vinegar is also a fantastic preventative measure in the home and does not cost much. Simply have a spray bottle of white vinegar handy in the bathroom and apply to mould prone surfaces every so often. This will ensure that mould never grows on the surfaces. Another advantage is that it also tackles the odour that is created from mould and mildew.

The second way we suggest is using Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can be bought in different degrees of strength. For cleaning mould or mildew from the bathroom, it’s best to use a mild 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. You will be able to purchase this from most DIY suppliers and some chain supermarkets. If you want to increase the effectiveness of the hydrogen peroxide, you can add a little white vinegar into the spray bottle. Spray the solution directly onto the surfaces affected in the bathroom and leave it for around 2 – 3 hours. During the cleaning and leaving it to set, keep the room as the smell of hydrogen peroxide tends to be quite strong. After a few hours, simply wipe the surfaces clean.

If you follow these steps you can have a clean mould / mildew free bathroom like the one below.

mould free bathroom

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