DIY TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID MOULDY TILES
Moulds are a common household problem that can cause a musty smell that can be hazardous to one’s health. Moulds only survive where moisture is present. There are some common parts of the house where mould growth thrive the most, e.g. the bathroom floors, kitchen, shower enclosures, etc. The bathroom, for instance, cannot help not being exposed to water. But when it gets exposed without proper care, it may lead to dampness, and dampness in bathrooms (or anywhere) can encourage mildew and mould. The end result leaves that space with an unpleasant smell. Bathroom apart, tiles are used in virtually all rooms in a house. Leaving it damp and unkempt creates a breeding environment for mould to grow.
What Triggers Mould Growth
- Water – without this, mould cannot breed.
- Condensation – when water hits a cold surface such as tile, it creates a breeding space for mould.
Mould Prevention Tips
What does it take to prevent mould?
- Keep your tiles water-free and sparkling clean – the drier the tiles, lesser the chance of mould survival.
- Ensure that you have a well-ventilated space.
- Open your windows while taking a shower.
- Lower the humidity in your home to at most 50%. You can use a dehumidifier to absorb excess moisture around the air. Set the temperature to around 700 to make it more effective.
- Keep the rooms (especially the bathroom) clean. You can do this by drying your towel immediately after use.
- Cleaning your shower curtain regularly is another powerful way of getting rid of mould.
- Better still, you can opt for shower screen instead of curtains. Shower screens dry much quicker than shower curtains.
- Sprinkling a mixture of water and bleach will kill any mould.
- Avoid using carpets in the bathrooms as they can get damped easily and harbor moisture. Alternatively, using vinyl flooring and tiles can dry up moisture easily.
- Turn on your fans to improve ventilation and enable air circulation that will help to prevent any mould.
- Detect any plumbing issues and fix them immediately. If you don’t do this, you might experience water leakage which will eventually cause damping.
- Bathroom Sealant
Bathroom sealant is a silicone-based glue that is applied at the edges of your bathroom wall, around sinks and shower units. This sealant forms a waterproof seal that can stop water from spilling down between the shower and the wall. If water leaks down between the edges of the bathroom wall, it can cause a number of problems.
- DIY Mold-Prohibiting Solutions
Vinegar and tea tree oil solutions are mold-prohibiting solutions that will protect your tiles from mould growth. These solutions are easy to make; just mix either solution of vinegar or tea tree oil with water and keep it in a spray bottle close to your bathroom. After every shower, spray the solution on the tiles and then you walk away. Congratulations, you have successfully secured your bathroom from mould.