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How to Recognise That Your Bathroom is Developing Mould

Mould can wreck the appearance of a beautiful bathroom.

Due to constant water lingering around, it’s hard to keep tabs on whether it’s doing any damage or not.

Too much condensation can lead to an excessive amount of mould in your bathroom, which can become considerably harmful over time, and a health hazard for everyone in your home.

Sometimes this form of fungus can be hard to detect, and the spores love dark places so it’s best to keep a regular check on these areas of your home.

Here are a few hints to help you identify whether your bathroom is currently infested:

Musty smells

One of the easiest ways to detect mould in your bathroom is to have a good sniff, as you will undoubtedly smell an overpowering musty odour.

This stench is caused by either mould or mildew which are brought on by the growth of fungus in your bathroom.

As it’s hard to keep bathrooms adequately ventilated, stale smells are common as fungus has the platform to develop further in these conditions, particularly where there are no windows.

To rid your bathroom of these unpleasant odours, the first thing you should do is to open your windows and doors to let fresh air in. If possible, turn on your ventilation fan and spray the room with air freshener to remove the smell.

However, if damp remains neglected, the smell will re-emerge in no time at all.

Damaged Walls

Have you noticed that your bathroom walls have become discoloured over time?

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Well, this is another major sign of mould being present in your bathroom. This damage can be in the form of damp patches, which are very easy to spot and can be recognised by touch.

To avoid damp patches developing, make sure that your external walls don’t have cracks, as patches can be caused by cracked mortar which can reach through to your internal walls.

Also, damp can rise, so if you have flooring in your home that isn’t damp resistant, especially in your kitchen or bathroom, this can rise and cause havoc in other parts of your home.

To stop damp occurring in the future, we suggest installing waterproof bathroom flooring in your home.

Visible black or green fungus

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Bathroom fungus is another of the many unpleasant things associated with mould.

This fungus will either appear in a black or green form and is likely to be found in humid corners of your bathroom.

When you’ve noticed fungus on your walls or ceiling, you should certainly look to try to remove it straight away as it can have a negative impact on your health.

If you have a small amount of fungus or mould, you can safely remove this yourself, otherwise you may have to employ the help of a professional.

A mixture of warm water and bleach can help you easily remove the fungus. Firstly, you must apply the solution to the grimy areas of your walls before leaving it to dry.

Once dried, you will have to re-apply the solution again before scrubbing the fungus away.

To prevent fungus from appearing in future, make sure you keep your bathroom ventilated at all times, and keep your bathroom surfaces dry after you’ve used either the bath or shower.

Regular cleaning of your bathroom will also prevent fungus from developing.

Slimy appearance on tiles

Grimy tiles are a major giveaway when it comes to detecting mould.

When mould is present in your bathroom, your tiles or grout can have a slimy brown appearance.

The slimy texture is an indication that mould is starting to develop.

To guarantee that the growth can’t go on any further, create a mixture of water and vinegar and spray it on the affected area. This should make it very easy to wipe the mould straight off your tiles.

If there’s a considerable amount of mould on your tiles, then leave the removal of it in the hands of a professional.

Better still, consider bathroom wall panels and waterproof bathroom flooring solutions to help you prevent these problems in future.

Our PVC wall panels are ideal surfaces when it comes to preventing damp in your bathroom, as there is no grout to clean and they’re completely waterproof.

Get in touch with our expert team at DBS bathrooms today to find out more about our selection of waterproofing home options.

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