Tips On Dealing With Bathroom Mould

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The problem of a bathroom ceiling becoming covered in unsightly, black mould is a quite common problem in the UK. The problem is caused by a combination of circumstances that in general, people carry out without a second thought. Nearly all bathrooms have some form of ventilation and the bathroom can naturally get cold when that ventilation is open. The result is that a great many people close the ventilation to stay warm and mould develops on the ceiling. However in most cases, getting rid of the mould is a straight forward task and can be tackled as follows.

Paint the bathroom walls with a steriliser that will kill the mould. Then paint on a barrier to prevent re-growth. You can also mix a fungicide additive with any emulsion paint you choose to stop the mould coming back.
This method takes no time at all and keeps the bathroom fresh and clean. It is also relatively cheap to do and removes a problem which will eventually damage your home. 

Understanding what mould is will help in understanding how to get rid of it. Mould is a type of fungus. Threads, like very dense cobwebs, grow together on a given surface and some of them are fertile enough to produce spores. Spores are carried by moving things including air and especially warm air, which is always found in a bathroom. The warm air travels upwards depositing spores on the ceiling. The spores become mould and the mould, in moist, warm conditions can germinate and grow. The conditions mould likes best are when temperatures are above 70 degrees and the relative humidity is above 70% - the bathroom is therefore the perfect environment.

Opening a bathroom window, or trickle vent in double glazing, will allow some of the moist, warm air to escape and so reduce the mould, but most bathrooms suffer from mould at some point. There are several products now available on the market that will allow you to eradicate the mould completely. They can be found at all good DIY stores. A product with good fungicidal properties can protect a room of up to 40 square metres quickly. Ideally you should sterilize the ceiling first and then provide a fungicidal barrier. Most mould eradication kits work quickly and easily. Full instructions and usage directions are provided with all products that tell you exactly how the product should be applied. 

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