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Nobody imagines their bathroom becoming a breeding ground for fungi, but that’s what happens when we postpone the cleaning for too long. Regular mould is nuisance and easy to remove, however, if you spot or smell black mould, that’s when you need to take action right away.
Then read along.
This type of mould, known also by its Latin name Stachybotrys Chartarum, should not be underestimated. Unlike the regular strain of mould, this one is slimy in appearance. It’s also greenish-black and sometimes slightly grey in colour. The appearance isn’t what should worry you, but rather what it does.
Black mould releases trichothecene mycotoxins. These neurotoxins can result in the need for serious home repairs, but the bigger problem is how dangerous they are to humans.
This type of fungi germinates in very specific conditions which, sadly, are often times found in your bathroom. Perfect conditions for black mould growth include:
There are several areas in your bathroom which are prone to black mould growth because they collect the most moisture. These include:
Some of these surfaces are easier to clean, than others.
Before you even start to remove black mould from your bathroom, make sure the following protection measures are at hand:
You can tackle the problem by using either commercial cleaners or natural means.
If you don’t have time or don’t trust DIY solutions, then commercial products are just for you. However, they release harmful fumes so make sure no pets or children are around when cleaning.
Keep in mind that this substance can damage paint, if that’s where the mould is located. Always test the chemical on a small spot to see its effects before going all the way.
You’d find countless different brands both online and offline. Whichever one you choose, the important thing to know is to always follow the instructions on the packaging. Some of these kits come with their own protective gear and include several products which are used one after the other in a strict order. You have to be very careful when using this kind of strong chemicals.
Usually these are not bleach-based, so they won’t damage any paintwork, hopefully. Anti bacterial sprays are easy and quick to apply, but might not be able to remove any mould stains. The good thing is, they are great to spray every once in a while, to make sure the fungi will not return.
If you prefer to remove black mould with the help of eco-friendly means, then use:
The smell of vinegar will fade away after several hours. Hydrogen Peroxide can be a substitute to vinegar, but it needs to be mixed with water.
This method works on other smooth bathroom surfaces such as: a tub or basin.
You may have to use a brush for more stubborn mould spots.
To remove black mould from tile grout, you would need to use bleach or another strong chemical.
Sadly, there’s no guarantee that, even with commercial chemicals, you will manage to remove all the mould from your tile grout. If you are not satisfied with the results, you might consider replacing the old grout with a new one. Do not forget to apply a sealer to prevent future mould growth.
Sealant, much like tile grout, is almost impossible to clean from black mould. Here’s what you can do, if the method above doesn’t prove to be working:
To get rid of black mould collected on the bottom of the curtain or any other place on it, simply:
The best way to protect yourself from the wretched black mould is to never allow it to develop in the first place. Since that option is not always available, the best you can do is to follow these maintenance tips, so, hopefully, you’d never have to deal with this fungus again.
Why not try out our cleaning services.
If you feel the task of black mould removal is too tiresome or time consuming for you, you can always book a regular home cleaning session with Fantastic Services. The professionals we work with will have your bathroom looking like new and no black mould will threaten you or your family any longer.
Always be on the lookout for mold, especially the back type. Always remember to:
Have you ever had black mould in your bathroom? How did you get rid of it? Let us know down below, so we can start a conversation.
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