A Healthy Bathroom
Bathrooms are vulnerable to mold because they are constantly exposed to moisture. By visiting tile shops, homeowners are taking the first step to making their bathroom mold-free. Tile is one of the most water-resistant decorative materials available for bathroom use, and when installed and cleaned properly it can remain free of mold. Here are some tips for reducing the risk of mold in any home.
Choose Easier Tile
Not only is tile versatile, attractive and durable, when chosen correctly it is also easier to clean. Smooth tiles are simple to wipe down completely, because they do not have the grooves that can allow moisture to collect like textured tile. Homeowners who want a bathroom that is fast to clean, may want to consider larger individual tiles, so there will be fewer grout lines to worry about. Because tile does not absorb liquids the way other materials can, it is easy to keep it dry and stain-free.
Seal All Grout
After installation, the next step is sealing the tile & grout. Using an enhanced grout, designed to be mold resistant, will help reduce mold, but it is not enough on its own. The sealing process for tiles prevents water from settling into the grout and allowing mold to grow. It prevents the discoloration of grout and stops dirt from getting between the tiles. Penetrating sealers are recommended for shower tiles, while floor tiles will need a membrane forming sealer. All products come with their own application instructions, so follow these carefully. Most will require more than one coat, with the previous layer needing to be fully dry before the next can be added.
Have Good Ventilation
Avoiding mold is easier to achieve when moisture is not allowed to build up too heavily in the room. This is accomplished by using an exhaust fan, opening a window and leaving the door open, whenever possible, while showering. The fan should be left on for at least 30-45 minutes after the shower has ended to help clear out the humid air.
Fix Any Leaks
Leaking pipes and faucets are a common cause of mold, because they never allow the bathroom to dry fully. Repair all of these issues, even just a small drip from a bathtub faucet. Mold that is found in unusual spots, like the corner of a wall away from the tub or sink is often a sign of a leaking pipe in the wall. This should be investigated and repaired as quickly as possible.
Establish Cleaning Routines
Run a squeegee or towel over the tub or shower after use to absorb the majority of the excess water. Leave shower doors or curtains open while they are wet, so the air will circulate easier. “Sweaty” toilets in summer months can lead to mold as well, so seal floor tiles around this area carefully and wipe off the exterior moisture on the toilet tank and bowl whenever visiting the bathroom. Deep clean the entire bathroom once a week with a mold eliminating cleanser or bleach, but always test new products on a hidden area first to make certain it will not cause any damage.
Practicing mold prevention is much faster, easier and cheaper than mold removal. New tiles that are properly sealed and protected will enhance the look of the room and make it more enjoyable to use. It will also make the bathroom a healthier place for everyone.