An ordinarily dirty bathroom is one thing. It’s easy enough to keep clean regularly. But if, for some reason, you have mould in your bathroom at your place of business, it can be quite problematic. Not only is mould, especially black mould, disgusting to look at and can drive away customers over time, no thanks to bad reviews, it’s hazardous to everyone’s health.
If you see the beginnings of black mould in your bathroom at work, don’t delay in cleaning your bathroom or else it will get worse. Here are some tips to help you kill off this health hazard and keep it gone.
- Bleach & Water Solution. Mix together 1 part bleach to two parts water and transfer carefully to a spray bottle. Spray affected area and allow to dry. Spray the wall a second time and scrub the area with a brush. Rinse and repeat till mould is gone. If you can’t get rid of all of the mould, you’ll have to replace the grout or caulk.
Additional note: Even though you’ve diluted the bleach, it’s still a good idea to make sure your bathroom is well-ventilated, as some people are truly sensitive to bleach’s fumes.
- Vinegar. Put undiluted mild white vinegar in a spray bottle. Why does vinegar work? It has a mild acidity level that makes anywhere you spray inhospitable to mould growth. Spray the affected area(s) with vinegar and allow to sit for an hour. Ventilate the bathroom by opening a window. This might especially be advisable if you are attempting to clean during business hours. After the hour is up, wipe the affected area(s) clean with hot water, drying the surface with a towel. If you do not smell the vinegar, you have effectively wiped all of it away.
Additional note: Keep vinegar on hand to keep mould at bay. It’s been proven that vinegar kills about 82% of most mould forms. Plus, it doesn’t affect people’s respiratory systems like bleach does and the smell goes away fairly quickly. Simply spray your vinegar onto those places you know are prone to developing mould, and you’ll have an effective defence in favour of everyone’s health.
- Hydrogen Peroxide. While this is a well-known disinfectant for cuts and scrapes, 3% hydrogen peroxide can also be an effective defence against mould, both while cleaning, and keeping it at bay. Plus, mixing it with vinegar provides a stronger form of anti-mould measures.
Here’s a caveat: make sure this solution is in a dark bottle, as the hydrogen peroxide will lose its effectiveness if exposed to light. Also, you’ll want to do a small spot test where the mould is at, in case the hydrogen peroxide causes the tile surface to fade. Just be sure that you ventilate the bathroom while you’re cleaning, as both the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide will produce a rather unpleasant smell. Should you choose this method, you might want to save this solution for after-hours cleaning, if at all possible.
These are three of the most potent solutions for a quick clean of a mouldy bathroom. As unpleasant as some of these odours might be, they can mean the death of your mould problem and the good health of you, your staff and most importantly your customers.