How to protect your bathroom from damp and mould

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As bathrooms are regularly exposed to moisture and humidity, they can be more susceptible to condensation, rust and mould. As well as making the room look unpleasant, if mouldy, damp environments are left untreated it can lead to health problems. With this in mind, Lili Wang and Jamie Johnson, product managers at IronmongeryDirect discuss the best ways to ensure your bathroom is kept clean, fresh and mould-free.

Mould is a fungus that thrives off damp and moist environments and grows around areas that regularly come into contact with water. This is why it is very common for it to grow in your bathroom around showers, toilets and baths. If your bathroom isn’t well ventilated, mould may become a serious problem.

You need to deal with the issue immediately if you spot mould and damp developing in your bathroom, as if left untreated it will spread and overwhelm an area very quickly. If caught early, you may be able to kill the mould by wiping down affected surfaces with an antifungal wash which should prevent it from coming back. You should also wash fabrics such as curtains and towels at a high temperature and let the room completely dry out before redecorating with a good quality fungicidal paint. Unfortunately, if the mould is beyond cleaning, it may be time to throw out affected pieces of furniture and remove mouldy grouting or sealant to prevent rotting and further damage.

If you need to replace your sealant, you should try a sealing product that contains anti-fungal ingredients such as the Evo-Stik White For Life Sealant. The anti-fungal properties contained within the sealant ensure long life protection from mould re-growth and discolouration so that it will stay looking as good as new for longer.

In addition to treating areas where mould has appeared, it is also worth considering other preventive measures to ensure it does not return. By installing an extractor fan or leaving the window open after showering, you can improve the ventilation in the room and remove any condensation as soon as it forms.

Damp environments can also lead to rust appearing, for instance on certain bathroom features and accessories. To help revitalise a bathroom that has suffered from rust, a simple measure would be to replace any rusty features or accessories with products made from materials that are less likely to corrode – as this will save time and money in the long-run. For example, you may want to replace rusty showerheads or old shelving, towel rails and toilet roll holders with stainless steel products that are coated in chrome as these are less susceptible to rusting so are ideal for bathrooms.

The Croydex Westminster Bathroom Range has a variety of matching accessories that are simple yet stylish and will look great in any bathroom. All of the products in this range are constructed from durable zinc and are finished with high quality chrome plating. This ensures that when exposed to condensation and moisture, the products are less likely to rust and will remain in excellent condition for much longer.

If you have a bigger budget to play with, there are premium ranges available that offer modern and elegant designs. Quality products, such as those in the De L’Eau Edwardian range, are made from high quality materials that give the greatest protection against rusting. This timeless classic range is constructed from solid brass complete with chrome plating and English bone china, making it suited to traditional or contemporary bathrooms.

Often people think bathrooms are expensive to renovate but as highlighted above there are simple and low cost improvements that you can make to ensure that your bathroom is clean, hygienic and inviting for everyone that uses it. It can also be a good investment to spend a little time renovating or decorating your bathroom if you come to sell the property in the future.

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