Everyone suffers from mold in the bathroom from time to time. Opening a window is often not enough. And what if your bathroom doesn’t have a window at all? Two experts and listed ten tips for fungus control.
Tip 1: Ventilate well
Today, homes are increasingly better insulated. This is great for retaining heat in the winter, but it also ensures that it is increasingly important to have good ventilation. Especially when taking a shower, the humidity level in a bathroom rises quickly.
To prevent the onset of mold, this moisture must be removed as soon as possible. On a flat surface, such as the tiles or mirror, you will see the moisture remain as condensation. However, with a porous material, such as a painted wall, the moisture is absorbed. Opening a window helps, but a ceiling fan or ventilation grille also works fine. Clean it regularly for good airflow. That advice is given by Inge Kamminga, who works for a large bathroom specialist. “Fungi just feel at home in a warm, humid, and poorly ventilated environment.”
Tip 2: Measure the humidity
Mold is not only unpleasant to see, but it can also have negative consequences for your health. People with asthma can suffer from it, but also small children and the elderly. Symptoms include headache and nausea. Long-term exposure to fungal spores can also lead to the development of susceptibility to them.
How do you recognize a too damp bathroom? The most convenient is to measure the humidity level with a hygrometer, says Kamminga. This is available from 20 euros. With this, you also signal in time that the bathroom is too humid, and you do not have to rely on dirty, musty air or even mold stains. Then you are already too late.
Tip 3: Wipe the damp walls
Prevention is better than cure. Teaching yourself simple actions already saves a lot, says Kamminga. “Wipe the damp walls of the bathroom with a squeegee or towel after use. It will drain quickly down the floor drain, instead of spreading like moist air.”
Tip 4: Do not open the window immediately in winter
Is it true that you should not open the window in winter? Kamminga: “There is certainly a grain of truth in this. Cold causes water vapor to condense faster. What you can do best is to switch on the heating in advance if you have one in your bathroom. The heated walls prevent extra condensation so that again fewer mold spots arise. Leave the bathroom door open and as soon as it no longer feels warm in the bathroom, you can still open a window. “
Tip 5: Do not open your bathroom door immediately
If the surrounding areas are not large, or poorly ventilated, it is advisable not to leave your bathroom door open immediately. “The moisture is then transported there. Before you know it, mold will not form in your bathroom, but somewhere else.” It is also the reason that you can dry yourself better in the bathroom than in your bedroom.
Tip 6: Repair damaged joints
It is also important that there are no damaged joints, sealant edges, or tiles in your bathroom. Kamminga: “Repair or replace them, because these spots are extra susceptible to moisture absorption.”
Tip 7: Use a solution of six grams of soda or anti-fungal paint
Are you going to get started with removing mold yourself? Always put on a pair of gloves and a face mask that protects you from the harmful spores. Before turning on an environmentally unfriendly detergent or bleach, try to get the stains off with a solution of six grams of soda in a gallon of warm water, says Kamminga.
Pat the areas with a sponge and let it dry to see if they disappear. The more porous the material, the more difficult it is to remove mold. With ceiling tiles, it can have penetrated too deeply, and wood and concrete cannot always be treated. If necessary, paint the surface with anti-fungal paint after cleaning to prevent new formation. Just make sure that you continue to ventilate well afterward, otherwise, it will return to the long run.
Tip 8: A washing machine in the bathroom provides extra moisture in the air
Pay extra attention to any mold if you also have a washing machine and dryer in your bathroom, according to professional mold fighter Hennie Potze. In that case, a lot of extra moisture will also end up in the air, but it is less noticeable than after, for example, a long, hot shower.
Tip 9: Check whether the insulation is properly installed
Sometimes mold occurs because the insulation has been installed incorrectly. Then you can ventilate what you want, but the dark spots will appear anyway. It is therefore better to call in an expert for recurring problems, Potze advises. He also checks the insulation and replaces it if necessary.
Tip 10: Ask a professional for help
Don’t waste your money on endlessly purchasing anti-fungal products, says expert Hennie Potze. “If one doesn’t work, probably everything else will. A wrong approach can actually make the problem worse. Get help from a professional instead. They also use stronger products than are available in the store.”