How to Treat Mould in Luxury Bathroom Cabinets
We’re here with our top tips on how to remove bathroom mould and keep your wall hung bathroom cabinets sparkling.
Damp and humid bathrooms are a dangerous breeding ground for potentially dangerous, destructive mould. At Glossy Home, we want your bathroom to be a sanctuary — a place to relax and feel pampered. This simply can’t happen when you are surrounded by the sight and smell of mould, so we’re here to help you understand what mould is, why you should be concerned about it and how you can scrub it away and prevent it returning to your luxury bathroom mirror cabinets.
What is bathroom mould?
Mould is a type of fungus. It actually serves a very useful function in the world – but not in our bathrooms. Moulds are microscopic organisms and it is their job is to decompose dead, organic material. Mould thrives where water is found, so your bathroom is like a playground for this fungus, which can appear in a myriad of colours including orange, pink, blue, green, white, black or brown.
Mould spores can become airborne, so they can spread quickly to your bathroom sponges, tiles, bath mats and bathroom surfaces, so no matter what type of luxury bathroom cabinet you invest in, you will want to stamp out mould as soon as you detect it. And keep your nose peeled — you might even smell mould before you see it. If you notice an earthy, outdoors-y odour in your bathroom, you know what you’re in for.
The dangers of mould in a bathroom
Mould spores are a considered allergens. They have been known to cause runny noses, rashes, red eyes, sneezing and even asthma attacks, on occasion. If you are someone with a compromised immune system, you will want to be extra careful when coming into contact with mould in your bathroom.
Generally, however, mould is just an irritant rather than a serious health concern. The bigger threat is to the material that mould settles upon — mould can literally decompose your bathroom surfaces, so to protect your investment, you will want to get rid of it as soon as possible
Cleaning mould — protecting yourself
Before you set about scrubbing that mould from your wall hung bathroom cabinet, you will want to take steps and measures to protect yourself.
First, make sure your bathroom is well ventilated, so you won’t be too bothered by the mould spores and the cleaning fumes. For similar reasons, you should use a face mask. Finally, you should make sure you wear protective rubber gloves.
Glossy Home’s recommended method of treating mould on luxury bathroom cabinets
Once you’re all set, remove all the items in your luxury bathroom cabinet and scrub it down with a solution of warm water and dish soap. Once you’re satisfied, dry the cabinet out and get started on phase two.
Grab a squirt bottle and fill the container with chlorine bleach. Bleach is one of the most well-known mould killers and, thankfully, most commercial mould-killing products already have bleach as a main ingredient. Bleach is great at killing bacteria and viruses, while sanitising surfaces, neutralising allergens and mould spores. Remember to keep your gloves on when using bleach, so as to not aggravate your skin.
Spray onto your bathroom cabinet and leave for one to two hours. After this time has elapsed, rinse the cabinet thoroughly with water and dry the surfaces.
For those opposed to the use of bleach, we have a more natural alternative which is just as effective. Following this process, after phase one, fill your spray bottle with undiluted vinegar — if you can find extra-strength vinegar, all the better. Leave the solution to work its magic for 30 minutes, then scrub vigorously, rinse and dry. When you’re done and your bathroom cabinet is completely dry, spray with more vinegar and this time, allow the surface to air-dry. This will help to treat the surface and it will also help to prevent any regrowth.
How to prevent mould from reappearing in the future
To prevent mould from returning, be sure to clean your bathroom regularly. Pay special attention to your luxury bathroom cabinets after all, you’re proud of your bathroom and you want to keep it looking spick and span well into the future.
Mould likes to grow in watery, humid environments, so keep an eye out for any areas where water may be collecting. From time to time, completely empty your bathroom cabinets and dry them out to make sure no moisture is building up.
On top of this, remember that ventilation is paramount when it comes to preventing mould. Install an exhaust fan to remove humidity. This fan will eliminate excess moisture, especially after showers or steamy baths. For maximum efficiency, leave your fan on during and after shower for a total of one hour.
If you don’t have an exhaust fan and you have no plans to install one in the near future, you need to make sure to leave your bathroom windows and doors open when you take a shower. Of course, this isn’t a great option or an appealing notion as the freezing winter nights draw in!
At Glossy Home, we have a number of beautifully-made bespoke mirror cabinets for sale that are designed to replace bathroom mirrors while providing extra storage. Be sure to get in touch today and you can receive a 10% discount with the discount code BATH10.