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Mould & Mildew

by Julie Finch-Scally

Hot and steamy days are the perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew. But there is a difference between each. Mildew sits on top of articles and can be removed by wiping over with a cloth and cleanser, whereas mould has spores that grow and germinate during moist conditions. It is mould that constantly appears in your bathroom.

Mould in bathrooms is difficult to remove. Yes you can spray it with a mould repellant, but all that does is bleach the mould, it doesn’t kill it. You can scrub it with a hard brush, but all that does is remove the top of the spores and doesn’t kill it either. As the product says, you can repel the mould but you will not completely eradicate it.

The only way to completely stop mould is by removing all the spores. As the spores live behind the tiles in bathrooms, those tiles have to be removed and the walls cleaned. Obviously this is not a cheap method, so most of us just attack the mould when it appears and learn to live with it.

There is now on the market mould resistant grouting and if used while initially tiling a bathroom it will make a big difference. Of course it is more expensive than ordinary grouting so if you want your tiler to use that product you must be prepared to pay the extra.

There is also a mould resistant paint which I know works. I used some on the ceilings and walls of my bathrooms many years ago and never once had mildew or mould on the paint work. Again it was more expensive than the ordinary glossy paint, but the results spoke for themselves and, if amortised over the years before repainting, that extra paid for itself many times.

If you haven’t got the mould resistant paint and grouting in your bathroom, ventilation is the answer. I have been in many bathrooms where there are no windows and in some cases not even an extractor fan, so their mould problem is quite bad. Should your bathroom suffer this way get a set of heater lights placed in the ceiling. These lights, if left on for at least a half an hour after your shower will help to dissipate the humidity in the air and keep down the dampness.

The other great idea is to erect heated towel racks. The warmth from the bars not only dries out the towels, but keeps the air dry as well.

 

 

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How to Clean a Triangular Spa Bath

by Julie Finch-Scally

They sit in the bathroom taking up one corner. They look inviting and home owners who use them swear how refreshing they are. They are large, deep and showy. They are the spa bath, those triangle shaped baths that are hard to clean.

Some spa baths are the same shape and size as a regular bath and there is not problem with cleaning those. You clean them the same way as cleaning an ordinary bath by wiping them over with a cream cleanser, making sure the jets are clean, then rinsing the product away.

But with the large triangle shaped spa it is not the same. They are difficult to clean. Because the point of the triangle cannot be reached by leaning over the edge, you have to climb into the bath to get to that section.

Climbing into the bath to clean it presents another problem. How can the bath be rinsed with water without getting your feet wet? There is an answer. It is called a dry clean of a spa. This is how it is done.

Climb into the bath and wipe over the back area with a damp sponge and cream cleanser making sure the sides and half the bottom is cleaned and you have cleaned around all the jets. To remove the product you will need a dry soft cloth. Rub that over the area you have just cleaned making sure you remove all the cream cleanser.

The back half of the bath is then finished. You will need to climb out of the bath and lean over the front to clean the remaining dirty area. Use the same damp sponge and more cream cleanser and clean the rest of the bath. Make sure you have cleaned it all, especially the base where you were previously standing.

Once you have cleaned the front section of the bath rub over that area with another soft dry cloth removing all the cream cleanser. When you have finished, the bath should be sparkling.

If there are tiles and taps around the back it is wise to wipe over those with a cloth and some multi-purpose cleanser when you climb into the bath, before starting the dry cleaning process.

I am sure it you use this system to clean your triangular shaped spa bath in future, it will always be inviting.

 

 

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