How to get rid of bathroom mould

Natural solutions to getting rid of bathroom mould.

Mould, why does it grow in our bathrooms, how do we stop it, and how do we get rid of it? All your mould musings are answered.

So what is mould and why does it grow in bathrooms?

Mould is part of the fungi family along with mushrooms and yeast – and it’s pretty much everywhere1. Mould loves wet or damp areas that have poor ventilation, which is why you’ll notice it tends to make an appearance in bathrooms and laundry rooms where there’s often a lack of natural light, high humidity, leaks and condensation – but with the right conditions mould can grow pretty much anywhere1.

Mould spreads quickly by reproducing microscopic particles called spores. In just a few days, mould can reproduce trillions of spores by mitosis – so it’s easy to see how fast a mould problem can get out of hand1.

Is mould dangerous?

In terms of our health, mould is more likely to affect people with asthma, allergies or a respiratory condition as the spores are airborne, so they fly around in the air and are easily inhaled, which is why indoor mould is associated with asthma attacks, watery/itchy eyes, respiratory infections, rashes and sinus problems1.

On occasion, reactions may be more severe in individuals with compromised immune systems, and there are certain moulds that can be toxic.

Mould basically works to help decompose organic material and can pose a danger to your home if structural components are heavily affected.

Types of mould commonly found in the bathroom

Mould comes in many different shapes, sizes and colours, and some are more prone to taking over your bathroom than others.

Cladosporium

Cladosporium is a black mould that thrives in damp, dark, nonporous environments – ie, your bathroom. It can be stubborn to get rid of and particularly pesky for those with allergies and asthma2.

Aspergillus

There are many different species of Aspergillus, and it is often found in higher concentrations indoors, more frequently in bathrooms and kitchens3.

Penicillium

Penicillium is a blue/blue-green mould that produces penicillin. Although penicillin has many health benefits, the mould itself can be detrimental to your health4.

How do I know if I have mould?

Besides the obvious and being able to see it, you’ll probably also notice an earthy, or musty smell when you have mould, and that’s because mould produces microbial volatile organic compound (MVOC), which are essentially gasses produced when the mould is growing5.

Even if there is no smell, if you find you’re experiencing allergy-like symptoms in the bathroom, that could be associated with the presence of mould spores.

How to prevent bathroom mould

No one wants a mould problem, and prevention is the best solution, the first thing is to ensure that your bathroom conditions aren’t favourable to mould growth.

One

Introduce natural light and air by opening blinds and windows.

Two

Mould loves high humidity – so you want to try and reduce humidity levels in your bathroom to around 60% or below. Some air conditioners allow you to set a humidity level, or another humidity-reducing solution could be adding a dehumidifying plant, like a cactus, to your bathroom6.

Three

Ensure you use your bathroom fan when showering, and/or keep a window open to improve ventilation.

Four

Fix leaks, clean ventilation fans and look out for any plumbing problems that could lead to a build-up of water in your bathroom.

Five

After you shower, look around for areas where condensation has built up, like your shower screens and windows, and dry those areas to prevent moisture seeping into surfaces.

Six

Streamline your bathroom products. Having too many products in wet areas like the shower allow for the opportunity for moisture to collect.

 

Seven

Wash towels, bath mats and hand towels frequently, to prevent damp fibres harbouring mould spores.

Eight

Avoid harsh chemical products, they may claim to kill bacteria and mould, but their abrasive nature can damage your bathroom surfaces, which actually makes the surface more susceptible to mould growth6.

Nine

Clean your bathroom regularly. A chemical-free cleaning system like ENJO ensures your surfaces are protected, but the best part is, cleaning with ENJO is all about the wet, wipe, dry. Using the super absorbent ENJO Miracle to dry off your bathroom surfaces takes moisture out of the environment, making it difficult for mould to grow.

How to clean mould naturally

For serious mould problems, it might pay to organise a professional to safely remove any potentially dangerous or toxic mould – but for general maintenance and light-to-medium bathroom mould, ENJO’s Bathroom Bundle is your natural mould-cleaning solution.

One

Start by wetting your ENJO Bathroom Glove and wringing out any excess water.

Two

 

Using the clean side (logo side) of the glove, clean the mouldy surface. Depending on the amount of mould present, this will likely remove the top surface of the mould.

Three

 

 

Mould can be hard to remove on tiles and tile grout, if mould is still visible, switch over to your Bathroom Sponge.

Four

 

Wet your sponge and squeeze out any excess water. Apply of few drops of ENJO’s Calcium Dissolver* directly to the sponge and apply to the affected area.

Five

Use the grime side (rough scouring surface) of the sponge to clean the surface thoroughly. Leave the Calcium Dissolver to work for a few minutes.

Six

 

Rinse the area to remove the Calcium Dissolver and use the care side of the Bathroom Glove to gently lift any remaining mould, calcium build-up or Calcium Dissolver residue.

Seven

The key to prevent mould growth is to keep your bathroom dry and well ventilated. Use your Bathroom Miracle to wipe dry the surface – this will prevent bacteria and mould from growing.

*Note: ENJO’s Calcium Dissolver is not suitable for marble, granite, brass or gold surfaces. Do not leave for extended periods and always test on an inconspicuous area on first use.

 
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REFERENCES
1. http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/factsheets/Pages/mould.aspx
2. http://www.moldunit.com/cladosporium.html
3. http://www.moldbacteriaconsulting.com/fungi/mould-aspergillus-how-does-it-affect.html
4. http://www.writestudio.com/28/bathroom-mold
5. http://www.mold-advisor.com/mold-smell.html
6. http://www.writestudio.com/28/bathroom-mold

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