How to deal with mould and mildew in thes
Mould and mildew are two types of fungi that thrive in moisture-rich areas like bathrooms. You can find it on ceilings and walls, around window frames and on tile sealant or grout.
As well as being unsightly, mould can also affect our health. As the NHS explains, people who live in homes with damp and mould are more likely to suffer from respiratory infections, allergies or asthma. It can impact our immune systems, too.
Mould and mildew: what's the difference?
Mildew is essentially the precursor to mould, and isn't as dangerous. It will first show itself as a patch of white/yellow spots before quickly turning brown or black. It's a surface mould, so it can easily be removed.
Mould, on the other hand, is black or green and is a sign of a much larger infestation. It can penetrate below the surface of the affected area and cause serious damage if left untreated for a long time.
When removing mould, nasty spores might be released into the air, so it's vital you wear protective goggles, gloves and a face mask. You should also open windows so the spores don't spread to other areas of your house.
Some remedies for mould removal include:
Preventing further growth
Once you've removed the mould, you don't want it to return. Ventilation is important to stop regrowth so your bathroom should be fitted with a quality extractor fan. Switch it on during every shower and leave it on for around ten minutes afterwards.
Cleaning your bathroom regularly using vinegar in a spray bottle will help, too, and don't forget to check for leaks and blockages that could be causing mould infestations.
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