I have a question, and I think I know the answer. Do you hate cleaning the bathroom? The washroom? The Porcelain Palace? I shudder at the thought of running the sponge over the wall tiles, avoiding the moment where I will get wet as I splash away the soap suds and ice skate around the slippery floor, cursing my clumsy forgetfulness as the steel wool skitters away and it all feels hopeless. I’ve tackled one patch of mould, wondering how I let it get this far, with five other porous places remaining; New Year is the period of promises and resolutions, so here’s mine, keep my bathroom mould free. Sounds easy, I know, so let’s take a look at HOW to do so together.
Step 1: Move Over, Moisture!
In a home crammed with asthma sufferers, mold is a bit of an issue at the best of times. Professionals and advice blogs are full of wise words about removing moisture from the bathroom; basically, the mold monster will shove off somewhere else and leave a sparkling paradise of book reading and bathing to its own devices. Yes, I realise the contradictory nature of such a feat; remove moisture from a particularly moist living area. Faucets, showers, baths and toilets, dens of water and germs, do any of us stand a chance? Not entirely, no. There are actions one can take to prevent substantial build up. Turn on the bathroom fan (if you don’t have one, look into installation) directly before or after your shower (I know this dissipates the romance a little, as steam generally disappears quite quickly – but that’s good!), wipe down walls and absorb any excess run-off, and checking the grouting around the tiles, re-sealing if required. Minimal effort, indeed, but significantly less than working your arms to the grinder during a last minute clean-up!
Step 2: Dry It Up
Hands up if you’re guilty of dumping a wet towel or sopping clothes on the bathroom floor or in the bath a time or two, telling yourself you’ll sort it out later. While you’re scooping out a post-swim ice-cream or considering what you’ll do with a slice of well-deserved free time, your wet things are cultivating a nurturing environment for millions of mold spores. Instead of saving two minutes and allowing mold to shoulder in uninvited, hang up your clothes and towels BEFORE hitting up pay TV for an afternoon blockbuster or kipping on the couch. Additionally, that leak you’ve been groaning about for a few months now? Yup, you’ve caught another mold culprit. Contact a plumber or your real estate, and ask them to send over a replacement or a professional pronto.
Step 3: Keep it Flowing!
Have you ever stepped into your bathroom and felt a little, well, claustrophobic? Perhaps a tad heated from the humidity? Small spaces breed their own moisture, particularly without any sustained airflow. Most bathrooms are blessed with a window (usually in the most inopportune position); after a shower or bath, and when fully dressed, let fresh air renew the room and break the seal on the constricted dark space that is your bathroom when you’re not using it. If you’re afraid of crawlies and multi-legged insects, spray around the panes with surface spray every couple day to discourage their curiosity.
Or alternatively, you can click through to this site occasionally and hire a professional. Really, I am sorely tempted. Who has time to clean these days?
Are you ready for the moisture free challenge? Have I missed a favorite tip or trick? Let me know below in the comments!