Wes Quick, Director at ventilation firm Expella, shares his top tips for preventing mould and funky smells from taking over your bathroom.
A damp, poorly ventilated bathroom is a breeding ground for mould and funky odours, making it unpleasant to use and downright embarrassing when you have guests over.
There are health considerations too: mould is a fungus that, if left untreated, can produce harmful toxins and irritants. According to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), a family of four produces on average seven or more kilograms of water vapour per day from showering and bathing. Without sufficient ventilation, this saturated air creates the perfect conditions for mould growth.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep the area mould-free and smelling sweet.
What can I do to keep mould and odours at bay?
- Clean bathroom surfaces and fixtures (bath, toilet and vanity) at least once a week.
- Get into some good daily habits: keep a squeegee in your shower and give the surface a quick once over after showering. This will cut down your cleaning time and prohibit mould growth.
- Remove hair from the shower drain or any gunk from the shower base before you step out after washing.
- Keep the bathroom door open when the room is not in use to improve air flow.
- Open windows after showering or bathing to let out the steam and moisture.
- Install a ventilation system to remove moisture and odours from the bathroom and draw fresh air into the space. Run it before, during and after bathing or using the bathroom.