An expert has discovered that the only bathroom many people have could be causing mold in their home.
A humid and unventilated environment can lead to condensation, which then causes many problems such as dark spots and mold.
Bathrooms can be the perfect breeding ground for mold due to the hot, steamy atmosphere and lack of ventilation as many people keep their windows closed. To help households get rid of mold quickly, Plumbworld's Eleanor Potter pointed out one culprit: shower curtains.
“Condensation may seem harmless, but it can cause more problems in the long run. Mold, moisture and leaks can be serious health problems that no one wants in their home,” she said.
“Although it is impossible to completely remove condensation in this room, there are ways to minimize it and eliminate it quickly.”
A real problem for mold growth is your shower curtain, especially if it is not maintained and cleaned often. Eleanor said: “Removing your shower curtain is the best way to dry it properly. It takes two seconds to pull it all the way along the bar and that can make a big difference.”
“If you notice your shower curtain becoming moldy or stained, peel it off and put it in the washing machine to get it looking like new again. If it is beyond salvage, it may be best to get rid of it and start over with a glass partition or a new curtain that is easy to clean.
The expert also recommended taking “shorter, cooler showers” to limit the amount of time the bathroom becomes steamy and damp. She added: “If you prefer to take a bath, you can reduce condensation by running cold water into the tub first and then slowly adding warm water.”
Eleanor also recommends showering with the window slightly open to expel the steam outside, and making sure all exhaust fans are on and still working when you're finished. If condensation forms, it is best to wipe it away.
Miss Potter said: “You can buy a squeegee for about 80p. You can use this to wipe condensation off the tiled walls. You can then use paper towels to absorb the accumulated moisture. So paper towels can cost as little as £1.” For just a few euros you'll have the tools you need to get rid of any remaining moisture in your bathroom.
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“You could also use tea towels or reusable cloths and rags to be more sustainable. You can rinse, repeat, and wash the wipes after multiple uses to prevent bacteria from forming on them.”
Dehumidifiers can also help reduce humidity and combat musty smells in your bathroom. Miss Potter also believes that cleaning your extractor fan is important.
She added: “Extractor fans not only draw moisture out of the room but can also become clogged from the dust they absorb. Keeping the exhaust fan clean will help it work more effectively at removing condensation.”
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