One of the most common areas of the home to attract mould is our bathrooms. Bathrooms are frequently used and by their very nature provide a wet and damp environment conducive to encouraging mould growth. Unless you are going to avoid using your bathroom altogether, it is essential that you have a strategy for dealing with moisture and humidity that will naturally occur in this area of your home.
Assess what type of mould cleaning project your bathroom needs. Does it need a complete overhaul or just some maintenance to keep mould at bay. Have your Oil of Cloves mould cleaning solution ready, whether it’s a DIY spot treatment or a more thorough treat and clean. Then read on for our handy tips for keeping your bathroom mould free.
1. Prepare Bathroom Surfaces
So you want to jump straight in and start spraying all of your bathroom surfaces with mould cleaning solution! Great, but just take a step back. If the surfaces in your bathroom are wet or have condensation you will need to dry the surfaces first.
- Dry - Grab an old towel, cloth or whatever you have to hand and wipe over every surface first, including the vanity, basins, tiles, shower screens, taps, bath, floors, mirrors and windows.
By drying the surfaces first, the actives (Eugenol) in your Oil of Cloves mould cleaning solution will not be diluted by the extra moisture (water) on the surface and you will get the best results from your cleaning solution and your effort.
2. Treat Surfaces for Mould
Now that your bathroom surfaces have been prepared you can go ahead with treating the surfaces for mould with your Oil of Cloves mould cleaning solution.
- Spray - Lightly spray over your Oil of Cloves mould cleaning solution ensuring that the entire surface has been covered.
- Leave - on the surface for at least one hour to allow the active Eugenol to kill the mould.
- Clean - With a fresh, clean cloth wipe over all of the surfaces to remove the mould and any product residue. To both kill mould and clean surfaces use Oil of Cloves Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner for a total treatment.
- Dry – Wiping over at the end of treatment with a cloth will have the benefit of leaving your surfaces dry and less prone to developing any new mould.
3. Mould on Grout
Due to the porous nature of grout, it quickly and easily attracts mould. If mould goes unnoticed or untreated for too long on grout it can leave a mould stain which is difficult to remove.
- Spray - To treat mould on grout, spray with your Oil of Cloves mould cleaning solution as you would any other bathroom surface.
- Dislodge - Use a soft toothbrush on grout to gently remove the mould and the bristles will also help to dislodge mould staining.
- Remove - If the mould staining is severe or long term this process, although it will kill the mould, may only reduce the amount of staining but not completely remove the stain. If the mould staining is still unsightly and bothers you, then removing and replacing the grout is the best option.
- Prevent - Once you have new grout your bathroom will look cleaner and you can spray with the Oil of Cloves mould cleaning solution on a regular basis as a preventative to keep mould from staining your surfaces again.
4. Mould on Shower Curtains
Nylon and fabric shower curtains are particularly prone to developing mould and mould staining due to the constant exposure to water and humidity. Firstly, you will want to kill all traces of mould and slow down any recurrence.
- Spray - Using your Oil of Cloves solution spray over the entire shower curtain front and back, ensuring to get in and around the shower rings.
- Wash - To deal with mould stains on your shower curtain and for a thorough clean pop in the wash with Oil of Cloves Fabric Wash for a complete treatment.
- Dry - Air dry your shower curtain outside and return to your bathroom once thoroughly dry.
5. Simple Habits to Reduce Bathroom Mould
Once you have treated your bathroom you will want to keep it mould free and beautifully clean. Apply these simple strategies as everyday habits to reduce and discourage mould from reappearing in your bathroom.
- Open the window – in your bathroom whilst you shower and until all of the moisture has dissipated.
- Close the bathroom door – during and after use so that the moisture doesn't spread into the rest of your home.
- Run the bathroom fan – and leave it on until the air is dry.
- Dry bathroom surfaces – with a cloth after each use.
- Remove wet towels and clothes – to dry outside and therefore reducing damp in the bathroom.
If you want more strategies on how to reduce mould in your home click here to read this article, 10 Simple Steps to Tackle Mould in Your Home.