Early signs of black mould forming on bathroom wall

How To Get Rid Of Black Mould in Bathroom?

23 November 2020

A common question we often get asked by our customers at this time of year is: “I have black mould in the bathroom but how do I get rid of it?” At one point or another in our lives, the chances are we will have all come across mould in the bathroom and then panic about how to get rid of the problem.

In a majority of cases, mould can be removed by yourself using cleaning solutions made by yourself and improving air ventilation. In this article, we will explain why black mould is commonly found in bathrooms and look at ways of removing and preventing the problem.

What is Black Mould and Why Does it Occur in the Bathroom?

Black mould is a fungus that grows in damp and humid conditions such as bathrooms, where air ventilation tends to be low. Black mould forms in the bathroom due to the steam, from the shower or bath, condensing onto colder surfaces such as the bathroom tiles, bathroom walls and window ledges. Other reasons that can compound the issue of the build up of mould can be poor insulation or leaking pipes.

What The Signs of Black Mould in the Bathroom

There are a number of ways of identifying if your bathroom is being affected by black mould. If you can already see the mould then the problem may already be severe, and it will need to be addressed as soon as possible. Signs that you have a black mould problem in your bathroom are listed down below:

  • Damp musty smell: if there a constant musty smell even if the bathroom is completely dry and clean then this is a sign that mould is starting to form. It may not be visible but it will be there somewhere.
  • Floors are becoming unstable: If the floors are becoming soft then this could be a sign that there is moisture underfloor which might suggest that mould is starting to form.
  • Damaged walls: If the plaster is peeling off the bathroom walls or the walls are becoming discoloured then this is a sign that moisture
  • Walls and Tiles have a dark appearance: If the walls and tiles have a brown slimy like appearance to them then this is a sign that black mould is starting to grow.

How to Prevent Black Mould From Occurring in the Bathroom?

There are simple tips that we have put together to reduce black mould forming in your bathroom. It might sound simple but the best way to treat a mould problem is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.

  • Always wipe down the bathroom after using it: It might seem like a simple task to carry out but one that is often forgotten about by many homeowners across the UK. You should make sure that wiping down the bath or shower glass doors, walls and windows.Making sure that there is no moisture on these areas will ensure that moisture does not build up and will prevent mould growth from building up. It is also important to note that should rinse the cloth naturally and not leave it on the radiator to dry let it dry naturally as well. If you dry the wet cloth on the radiator this is another cause for damp problems to occur.
  • Reducing the amount of humidity built up in the bathroom: One of the most effective ways of preventing black mould from occurring is by reducing the amount of humidity in the room. There are a number of ways you can reduce humidity building up in the bathroom and it simply using a bathroom extractor fan installed at your property (most new builds are built with one now) then make sure you use it for at least 15 minutes after your shower or bath.If you do not have an extractor fan, then opening the window during your shower or bath and keeping it open will also work. These small adjustments will make a big difference in reducing the amount of warm moisture-laden air that can build in the bathroom.
  • Clean the bathroom on a weekly basis: Cleaning your bathroom on regular basis will ensure that any underlying mould spores that have not already been removed by wiping the glass doors and tiles down after use will be removed. Using a black mould kit during the cleaning process every so often will help make certain that spores are not present.

How to Get Rid Of Black Mould in the Bathroom?

Preventing black mould from occurring is one thing but if your bathroom is already affected by black mould then we have a number of tips to getting rid of the problem on each surface. We have compiled a list that describes how to get rid of black mould from your bathroom:

  • Removing Black Mould from Tiles or Bath basin: Removing black mould from your bathroom tiles or bath basin can be achieved by using a mould eradication kit. Mould eradication kits come complete with a mould sterilizer spray that should be sprayed onto the affected area then left for a short time to soak.You can then wipe the mould away using a cloth or sponge. Always remember, each time you wipe the mould, use a new side of the cloth or sponge so it does not become too dirty.
  • Cleaning Mould from Grout: Removing black mould from grout can be quite a difficult task to carry out. You should use a mould sterilizer spray on the affected area with the combined scrubbing of a brush.
  • Removing Black Mould from Bathroom Sealant: Removing mould from bathroom sealant has a similar process to removing mould from grout. The black mould is in and around the tiles then brushing or scrubbing with a mould sterilizer spray should do the trick.

Need Further Advice from A Black Mould Specialist?

We hope this article has provided you with some handy tips on preventing and getting rid of black mould in the bathroom. For more methods of getting rid of black mould from not just your bathroom but other areas of the property then check out our “black mould removal” page. If you would some further information then contact us online.