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Mould: The Hidden Guest In Your Shower Room

Posted by Kevin Taylor

Mould is a prevalent issue in shower rooms the length and breadth of the country, usually caused by lingering moisture due to inadequate ventilation, leaking shower cubicles or toilets, sinks, and pipes, and generally damp conditions. In shower rooms in particular, tile and tray cubicles are the perfect environment for mould, creating warm, humid, and damp conditions that are ideal for the microorganism and its spores to thrive.

The visible growth of mould on grout, sealant, and shower curtains is often fairly obvious. However, even if you can’t see mould, it’s probably there underneath the tiles where you can’t do anything about it – just waiting for the opportunity to spring into action.

Unfortunately, there’s no getting away from the issue of mould in a tile and tray shower. The best long-term solution is to invest in a modular shower pod that doesn’t rely on tiles, sealant, and grout, and offers no harbour for mould to take root.

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As well as this, there are several steps you can take to make your shower room a less conducive environment for mould to grow.

  • Improve ventilation – regularly airing out your shower room and using a sponge or old towel to remove excess water after showering can help reduce humidity and damp levels and slow down mould growth. If there is no ventilation fan, a window should be left open, if possible, for at least 15 to 30 minutes after the shower has been used.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier – a plug-in dehumidifier can help reduce the level of humidity in your shower room and across the property, inhibiting or preventing the growth of mould. This can be a good solution in winter when it is too cold to have the windows open for long.
  • Regularly wash rugs, shower curtains, and towels – mould spores can accumulate on shower curtains and any towels and rugs used in damp shower rooms, so washing these items on a regular basis can help the fight against mould in your shower room.
  • Use a daily cleaning sprayrinse-free cleaning formulas can make it easier to spray and go at the end of each shower, helping keep mould, mildew, and bacteria at bay.
  • Replace grout and repair leaks promptly – applying fresh grout whenever damage is noted, and repairing leaks promptly, can prevent moisture from seeping into your walls and plasterwork, helping to avoid excess damp in and around the shower cubicle.

Next steps

To find out more about our shower pods and how they can help reduce the issue of mould in your shower facilities, please contact one of our Advanced Showers team today by calling [01483 532020].

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