Dealing with mould in the shower: four key techniques
Bathrooms can be a breeding ground for mould, which is no wonder when you consider the amount of steam produced by the bath or shower. You can reduce the risk of getting mould by keeping the bathroom well ventilated or by investing in a dehumidifier; however, if the mould is already there, you will need to tackle it to prevent the situation getting worse.
An article on the NHS website recommends wearing googles, covering your nose and mouth with a mask, and wearing rubber gloves to protect yourself from mould spores.
Blitz mould with bleach
Get a plastic spray bottle and fill it with equal parts of bleach and water. Spray this all over the shower, including the floor. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse well. Some stubborn areas may need scrubbing with a hard brush. If you don’t like the smell of bleach, look for a scented one, such as lemon, or keep squirting air freshener in the room. It is also a good idea to keep the bathroom window open so that you are not breathing in smelly bleach fumes.
Getting between the tiles
If the grouting and sealants are black with mould, this also needs dealing with. Sometimes scrubbing is not enough and you will need to remove the sealant before redoing it. The most effective way is by using a silicone sealant remover from www.ct1ltd or a similar supplier. It is worth using this silicone sealant remover to make sure that you have got rid of all the mould in the shower.
Killing mould with a borax substitute
Borax is no longer available in the UK, but you can buy a green borax substitute that is a natural cleaner and insecticide. Just mix with water and clean your shower. If the problem is very bad, you could make a thicker paste to spread over the shower tiles and floor.
Mild way to get rid of mould
If you like environmentally-friendly solutions to cleaning, you could use baking soda, which is safe to use around pets. You will need a mix of baking soda and water in one spray bottle with another bottle filled with vinegar. First spray with soda and then spray with vinegar. Vinegar kills different types of mould to baking soda and it is worth using the two solutions.