How to prevent mould and damp from taking over your bathroom

A common place addition to the modern home is the shower. The shower is an eco-option over a bath as it uses a smaller amount of water so not only do you cut down on water usage, but the boiler doesn’t have to work so hard to replace the lost hot water when it is replenished from the mains with some new cold. There is only one downside to using the shower especially if it is with any regularity and that is the creation of condensation as the hot shower water creates a large amount of steam in the lower temperature bathroom. This can not only make a mess with water spots on the 8mm shower glass panels that you have, and if you haven’t then a visit to will certainly be in order. The thicker panels will also hemp stop the development of mould and mildew in the shower unit which is very common if you are using a shower curtain. What can you do to reduce the build-up of condensation in the bathroom to stop this from happening? It can cause some considerable health issues if not addressed quickly.

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Condensation occurs when the humidity level of the room is raised. When you run a shower, this happens whether you like it or not. This condensation than creates a level of moisture that allows mould and mildew the prefect growing conditions. The early signs are the formation of droplets in the ceiling and the appearance of black spots on the tiles and the grouting. The first thing to do is to make sure that the room is adequately ventilated to let the steam and hot air out. Ideally the addition of an execrator fan will have a massively positive effect at it will literally suck the steam outside of the room. If this is not an option, then the good old-fashioned approach of opening the bathroom window will have to suffice. This can make it a little nippy in the winter, but the benefits outweigh the chilliness. It is also a good idea to close the door to stop the steam getting out anywhere else as moisture on a wipe clean surface is one thing but when it gets into fabrics it is even worse.

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The other thing to do is make sure that after every shower all of the surfaces have had any excess water removed and dried. There are screen washes that you can use to make a protective sheen over the panels and make them more water resistant. If you can ensure there is plenty of natural light in the room as this does not help the growth of mould. It does take a bit of work but in the long run it is definitely worth it.

Richard Anderson


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