How To Get Rid Of Black Mould In Your Shower

Friday 13th October 2023

Joanna Grimbley-Smith

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Black mould is a common feature in bathrooms whether it's growing on the ceiling or on your silicone sealant. It does not just distract from your interior design, it also poses potential health risks. Immediate, thorough removal is essential to keep your bathroom safe and looking good.

At ICE Cleaning, we offer our mould remediation services across the UK. We are a corporate member of Dewpoint Professional and can remove all traces of the mould from your home, including airborne mould. In an emergency, our technicians can be on site in a matter of hours.

Keep reading to find out why black mould is growing in your shower and learn about mould removal in the shower.

What is mould?

Mould, a common type of fungus, is everywhere in our environment. It's part of nature's recycling system, breaking down dead organic material like leaves and wood. 

One form that you might come across in your home is black mould. This includes lots of different types of mould that are black or dark in colour. It is infamous for its health concerns, and is often called 'toxic black mould'.

Black mould thrives on moisture and warmth - conditions often found in parts of the home such as showers or bathrooms where steam from hot water increases humidity levels. Its spores are microscopic and float through the air until they find a damp spot to start growing.

What causes black mould in the shower?

The root cause of black mould in showers is moisture. Showers, by nature, are damp environments which make them a breeding ground for this unwanted guest. Factors such as poor ventilation and high humidity levels help create perfect conditions for mould to thrive.

A key element that lets these conditions persist is lack of effective cleaning or irregular maintenance routines. Neglecting regular cleaning can allow soap residue and dead skin cells to accumulate, providing an organic food source for the black mould.

Inadequate waterproofing also plays a role. Water seeping into walls or flooring material provides more than enough moisture for mould colonies to form over time. But remember - tackling black mould is not simple. It's best left to professionals, like ICE Cleaning's technicians, who have experience dealing with it safely.

The dangers of mould

Mould is dangerous to be exposed to. It releases allergens and irritants which can trigger an allergic reaction and respiratory infections. People with pre-existing health conditions like respiratory conditions or a weakened immune system, and very young children or elderly people are especially vulnerable to mould. 

Some kinds of mould also produce toxic chemicals called mycotoxins. Several types of black mould, like Stachybotrys chartarum, release these toxins and are associated with serious health problems including acute idiopathic haemorrhages in infants and sick building syndrome. 

To safeguard your home and family from these hazards it's vital not only remove any existing growths promptly but take measures against future occurrences, too. It is always recommended you seek professional help instead of trying DIY methods which might be ineffective or worsen the situation by disturbing settled spores. 

How to get rid of mould from the shower

Rather than attempting to deal with the mould by yourself, it is better to seek professional help. Firstly, DIY mould removal methods like sprinkling over baking soda or scrubbing the affected area with bleach can be dangerous. Certain types of mould release toxic spores when disturbed which can be harmful if inhaled. 

Using common household cleaning products to get rid of black mould in the shower may only eliminate some of the visible mould and fail to fully eradicate the issue, too. This could allow for rapid regrowth leaving you back at square one.

For peace of mind that your mould problem is dealt with once and for all, bring in professionals like ICE Cleaning's technicians. They have the specialist equipment to safely and thoroughly remove all the mould. They can even diagnose the specific cause of it and advise on how to prevent it returning in the future.

How to prevent black mould in the shower

Preserving a dry and ventilated setting is fundamental to deterring the growth of black mould. After using your shower, make sure you air it out properly by opening windows or turning on an extractor fan. This helps evaporate any lingering moisture which can encourage mould growth.

Make sure you shut the door when showering to stop the steam and humid air from travelling to other parts of the property. 

It is also recommended that you clean the bathroom regularly to get rid of the soap, dirt, and dust, that it can feed off of. Don't forget to have any leaks fixed immediately by a professional, either. You can find out more about how to stop mould growing in the bathroom in this blog

Get in touch

Our nine stage mould removal process can quickly restore your property to a safe environment. With every service we offer a lifetime guarantee* so your home stays mould-free in the future. Our technicians are available day and night, 365 days a year, including bank holidays. 

Contact our team on 0208 066 0360 or send an email to enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to book your mould removal

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