How To Prevent Mould In Bathroom Without A Window

Monday 11th September 2023

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Mould typically thrives in damp environments like bathrooms, especially around windows where condensation often forms. However, bathrooms that lack a window or air circulation are more at risk of mould growth.

We at ICE Cleaning are well-versed in mould remediation and work closely with local councils to provide apt mould removal in social housing. Our leading technology and solutions ensure your property is safe to inhabit again.

Read on to learn more about why mould grows in a bathroom and how bathrooms without a window are more at risk.

What is mould?

Mould is a fungus that thrives on excess moisture and organic matter that it can feed off. High humidity levels, condensation build-up, leaks, and poor ventilation often set the stage for mould's grand appearance.

Bathroom windows are hotspots for mould due to frequent condensation, which dampens the area. Kitchens are also common areas for mould for similar reasons, like humidity levels and food debris, providing the mould with dead organics.

However, mould can grow almost anywhere in your home and spread once it has started. This is because mould produces spores upon maturity, which travel through the air to grow elsewhere across a building. 

Why does mould grow in bathrooms?

The high levels of moisture found in bathrooms create a perfect environment for mould growth. This dampness originates from the frequent use of showers, baths, and running sinks.

Windows also contribute to the issue due to condensation problems. When warm air comes into contact with cool surfaces like bathroom windows, it rapidly cools down and releases moisture, forming water droplets.

In addition, inadequate ventilation can lead to persistent dampness, turning the bathroom into a haven for mould growth. If your bathroom is small and lacks a window, it is more susceptible to mould growth.

A small space with high humidity and no air circulation is a perfect environment for mould, so installing a window or an extractor fan is vital.

Why your bathroom needs a window

Adequate air circulation is crucial for any room, especially for bathrooms. If air can flow freely, it is difficult for mould spores to settle on surfaces and cause problems. With proper ventilation from a window, damp conditions have a lower chance of occurring.

In addition to its role in ventilation, the natural light from your bathroom window prevents mould growth. Direct sunlight is not favourable for mould, so allowing it into your bathroom during daylight hours can help keep mould spores at bay.

Can an extractor fan prevent mould?

Although an extractor fan can help combat mould around your bathroom window or other susceptible areas, it does not offer a complete guarantee against this growth. 

Airborne spores can spread across different areas through air conditioning systems and infest neighbouring properties without needing much dampness or dead organics.

This implies that relying solely on an extractor fan is not enough. You will need additional measures like regular cleaning and ensuring proper ventilation throughout your property building for effective mould prevention.

How to prevent mould growth in your bathroom

The key to mould prevention is in maintaining good ventilation within your bathroom space. Regularly opening windows or using an extractor fan during showers or baths can help keep air circulating effectively, reducing moisture build-up and thus discouraging mould growth.

Alongside ventilation, keeping surfaces dry plays a pivotal role, too. It is important to wipe down wet areas after use; not doing so allows moisture to settle, giving mould spores the chance they need to multiply.

Swift action when spills occur ensures excess water does not seep into crevices and corners which are potential breeding grounds for mould. Other ways you can prevent mould are:

  • Closing bathroom and kitchen doors when in use
  • Drying your clothes outside, on a heated clothes horse, or tumble dryer
  • Clean your home regularly
  • Wipe down condensation on walls, mirrors, and windows when you see it
  • Use a dehumidifier in affected rooms

How to prevent mould around your bathroom window

One common issue in bathrooms is mould growing around the window area. Not only is it unsightly, but it can also pose health risks. To keep your bathroom mould-free and maintain a healthier environment with a window, follow these tips:

Ensure proper ventilation

Good ventilation is integral to preventing mould. Ensure your bathroom has adequate airflow by opening windows or using an extractor fan during showers or baths. This helps to reduce moisture levels and prevents condensation, which can contribute to mould growth.

Wipe down wet surfaces

Ensure you wipe down wet surfaces after use, especially around the window area. Use a clean, dry cloth or towel to remove any excess moisture. This helps to prevent mould from taking hold on damp surfaces.

Use mould-resistant paint

Consider using mould-resistant paint on your bathroom walls, including the area around the window. This type of paint contains additives that inhibit mould growth, providing an extra layer of protection against mould formation.

Keep the bathroom clean

Keeping things clean is key to stopping mould in its tracks. Try using a cleaner that fights mildew, or whip up a simple mix of vinegar and water for your bathroom.

Get in touch

For specialist cleaning services that offer mould removal services, you can rely on our team at ICE Cleaning. Our experts can supply individualised services that meet your particular requirements, offering you a lifetime guarantee* to ensure mould never returns.

To learn more, call our team at 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. We are stationed nationwide 24/7 to assist you, operating all year round, including bank holidays. Every mould service we conduct is completed under the guidelines of Awaab's Law, ensuring your home and family are safe.

*subject to advisories

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