Black mould marks in shower grout is one of the most common issue for people not being able to get their full bond return after their end of lease cleaning. Bond cleaners can only fully remove light mould marks. If the mould spot are set for too long, they can actually grow into the grout, making it impossible to be fully removed. Also if mould is left to devolop too long, it will produce spores that spread the mould problem very quickly. Mould spores travel in the air and can cause huge respiratory and allergy problems. So it is very important to control mould problem in your bathroom.
General Mould Managing Tips:
1. Ideally you should always keep you bathroom windows open. If that’s not possible, try open your bathroom windows for at least four hours a day.This will allow your shower water evaporate faster and excess moisture to escape into the air. If you have UPVC window frames, open the vents year round.
2. Do not leave damp towels within the bathroom. Allowing damp towels hanging in the bathroom allows moisture to stay, which makes it more comfortable for mould to grow.
3. It is a good idea to dry all surfaces after showering or bathing. A shower glass squeegee can be helpful. This will not only minimize the moisture in the bathroom, making it hard for mould to grow, but also save you big trouble cleaning your shower glass when doing your bond cleaning and end of lease cleaning.
4. If you found mould growing, either on the corner of your ceiling or around the windows, wipe it off immediately with an anti-fungal spray.
5. If mould is growing on the walls, use a heater and a dehumidifier to dry out the room completely. Once everywhere is completely dry, wipe down all surfaces with an anti-fungal spray and clean cloth. If that doesn’t work, the mould problem may be deeper than surface mould, and you will need to call in a professional.
Okay, now that you know the general tips for preventing mould, let’s find out what to do when you’ve already got a case of mould – specifically, in your shower.
How to Remove Mould from a Shower:
When doing bond cleaning you often need to remove mould from the shower. Here’s how to do it.
1. Start with the Shower Curtains
Remove your shower curtain and liner from the rod and wash on a hot cycle. A hot wash will kill and mould spores. If your curtain is fabric, make sure you check the manufacturer’s directions to see whether washing it on a hot cycle is okay. If not, use the care instructions on the curtain’s label.
Dry completely before returning it to the bathroom. Be sure to clean the curtain hooks and rod or rail.
2. Eliminate the Mould
Scrub all shower surfaces and glass doors and frames with an anti-fungal spray and rinse with hot waster. It’s also a good idea to choose a cleaning product that contains a natural anti-fungal like tea tree oil. After rinsing the surfaces thoroughly, wipe with a dry towel and keep your windows and door open to allow dry.
Pay close attention when cleaning your shower head, water taps, around the drain hole, and behind bath handles. These are the places where mould spores like to grow.
Make sure to clean any bath sealant with anti-fungal spray. For areas that have gone black, or cannot be cleaned, replace the sealant entirely. Pay particular attention to any corners and clean them thoroughly.
3. The Final Dry-Out
Dry out the room using a dehumidifier and a heater. Be sure to dry all the surfaces that you have cleaned with a towel or clean, dry cloth.
Oh, and once your shower curtain and liner are completely dry, rehang them on the rod.
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