How to remove mould and mildew from your bathroom

Mould and mildew are common problems in wet areas, such as bathrooms. Left to grow, they can cause odour problems, leave unsightly patches that may damage surfaces and could even pose a health risk. Prevention is essential when it comes to mould and mildew in bathrooms, but even if you spot signs of these forming, there are plenty of things you can do to eradicate them.

Essentially, mould and mildew are types of fungus that thrive in damp environments, so bathrooms make the perfect breeding ground. They need water and heat to grow, so that's why you usually find them lurking in showers, basins, tiles and ceilings in a bathroom. They also like to feed on the grime left behind from soap, oils and shampoos. The tell-tale signs are discoloured patches appearing on surfaces and shower curtains, or black stains in your grouting.

If you take water and humidity out of the equation, mould and mildew can't grow, so it's crucial to wipe down wet surfaces after use, including shower basins, sinks, tiles, mirrors, glass, screens and floors, so they dry quicker. Moisture trapped in the air creates humidity that allows mould and mildew to thrive, so allow air to circulate in a bathroom. Open the window or activate the ventilation fan to expel humidity from the room.

To prevent mould and mildew from forming, regular cleaning is key. Use a suitable cleaning solution or spray once a week, such as the Wet and Forget Shower Cleaner, which not only stops mould in its tracks, but also dissolves soap and oil scum that mould likes to feed off. Clean obvious areas, such as shower basins, spray doors, glass and screens to prevent fungus growing, and don't forget drains either. Ensure a free flow of water in your bathroom drains to stop puddles forming and moisture evaporating. Mould and mildew can also hide and form around and under bathroom toiletries, so keep items away from wet areas and reduce bathroom clutter.

If you find mould or mildew in your bathroom, tackle it immediately to stop it spreading. You can use a cloth or sponge to wipe patches away, or a toothbrush for hard-to-get-at areas, such as grouting. Use a solution that is designed to kill bathroom mould and mildew, and prevent it from returning. Choose products that don't contain harsh chemicals, such as Wet and Forget Shower Cleaner [].

Mould can be tricky to remove once it's trapped in bathroom sealant, so that's why prevention with specialised cleaning solutions is better than attempting a cure. In some cases, where discoloured patches can't be removed from sealant, you may need to replace the sealant altogether.