Bathrooms are not the easiest rooms to keep dry - and often wet walls and bad ventilation can be the perfect recipe for mould or mildew. Good bathroom ventilation is vital to protect your family's health and also keep your bathroom looking good as new. UK building regulations state that bathrooms need to be ventilated either by a window or by an extractor fan - but in some cases, both might be needed.

Good ventilation is something you must strive for if you’re to eliminate the chance of mould and germs developing on your bathroom surfaces, but for some homeowners this task can be significantly harder. The following tips will help you to maintain good bathroom ventilation in the home.

Open the window

All bathrooms need some source of ventilation, and whilst not everyone is lucky enough to have a bathroom with a window, if you do, the first thing to do is to crack open the window. This is a relatively minor habit that can really reduce the moisture particles that are trapped in areas of your bathroom. Windows should be opened whilst you are showering and afterwards too for a short period of time. This will help your bathroom from becoming warm and damp.

Clean regularly

Cleaning can also help to reduce the risk of mould and mildew in the bathroom. Cleaning stops mould developing and maintains the overall condition, making your bathroom a less hazardous environment. Bleach is a great way to get rid of existing mould - squeeze bleach directly onto the mould and leave for a few hours - it will shrink the mould completely due to its anti-bacterial properties.

Purchase a dehumidifier

For homeowners who don’t have the option of improving ventilation by leaving their window open, there are other ways that you can ensure good ventilation.
A small, compact dehumidifier can do the job, depending on the size of your bathroom, as they can keep the level of humidity low. Bear in mind that dehumidifiers that have plugs will not work in the bathroom, as according to UK building regulations, plug sockets in the bathroom are not allowed.

Choose the right bathroom fan

Bathroom fans are a great way to improve ventilation in the bathroom. Some diverse models are accompanied by a built-in humidity-detection feature, so you can keep on top of dampness at all times. It’s ideal to not keep your fan on for an extended period as this device can be particularly noisy and can be heard throughout the house dependent on its sound rating. There are models out there that come with a low noise rating, so to guarantee you’re purchasing one of this kind, aim for between 0.5 and 1.2 sones. It is possible to find energy-saving models too, that can help you save money on your energy bills in the long run.

Make your bathroom mould-resistant

One of the best ways to kill mould that grows as a result of moisture, is to make your bathroom mould resistant. There are many things you can do to ensure this. Bathroom wall panels are a great way to prevent mould from growing in the bathroom, as their easy to clean wipe down surface means that there's no porous surface like grout where mould and mildew can easily develop.

Without waterproof surfaces and a significant lack of ventilation, a hazardous amount of mould can develop and can lead to nasty health conditions.
For help choosing your wet wall shower panels, get in touch with our team here at DBS Bathrooms. We can also take you through all the best waterproof bathroom flooring and walling options available to solve your humidity problems.