How to avoid mouldy grout

Unfortunately, there are always areas in your home, such as the kitchen and the bathroom, that are susceptible to mould growth. Because there is always water involved and they have limited ventilation, they are mould’s favourite place to hang out.

May 27, 2021

Firstly, mould growth makes tiles look shabby and old. Secondly, it can be a health hazard.  

Here’s how you can deal with mould in your home  

Proper ventilation

  • Mould loves the damp, so you should make sure your bathroom and kitchen are well-ventilated.  
  • If you are not showering, keep the shower door open. This ensures proper airflow inside the shower.
  • Open the kitchen windows after cooking to let the steam out. Even better, turn on the exhaust fan if you have one.  

Keep areas dry

An effective way to prevent mould growth is to keep the bathrooms and kitchen dry.

  • Use a dry cloth to wipe the walls after you shower or cook. Sometimes, even after opening the windows, some moisture might settle on the walls.
  • When wet towels are left hanging in the bathroom, they add to the moisture content in the room. So, hang them on the line or pop them in the dryer for a few minutes when you’ve finished with them.  

Clean, clean, clean!

  • In the bathroom, tiles can get covered in soap residue, which over time can provide a porous surface for mould to thrive.  
  • Use a mild tile cleaner or warm water to clean the tiles regularly. Lightly scrub around the grout to ensure that mould does not grow there.  

Professional cleaning

And finally, have your tiles and grout cleaned by your local professional to make sure your moisture filled areas stay clean and healthy.