Why silicone gets mouldy in showers?

Why silicone gets mouldy

The age-old battle against mouldy silicone in showers – it’s a never-ending problem for most people. Well, fear not, because there’s always a reason behind the mould, and there are tricks to keep your silicone looking fresh for longer.

So, why silicone gets mouldy in showers?

It all comes down to moisture and warmth. Bathrooms are the perfect breeding ground for mould spores. Showers create an environment where water splashes, theres humidity and poor ventilation, hence providing the perfect place for mould to thrive. Silicone, being a porous material, can absorb water and provide an ideal surface for mould to take hold.

Now, onto the good stuff – how to make that silicone last longer and keep the mould at bay. First off, cleanliness is key.

What you can do to help avoid mould

  • Regularly clean your shower and wipe down the silicone with a mild detergent to remove any potential mould sources.
  • Consider using a mould-resistant silicone sealant thats designed to resist mould growth.
  • Adequate ventilation is key. Ensure your bathroom gets proper airflow to help reduce the humidity levels.
  • Open a window, turn on the fan, or consider investing in a dehumidifier – anything to keep the air moving and prevent stagnant moisture buildup.

Be cautious with abrasive cleaners as they can make your silicone look shiny and new at first, but over time, they can break down the silicone and make it more susceptible to mould growth.

Lastly, address any leaks or water damage promptly. Water finding its way behind your silicone can create a hidden mould haven. Fix leaks, replace damaged grout or tiles, and maintain a watertight environment.

There are a few reasons why silicone gets mouldy but there are a few things that you can do to help with this. This includes; regular cleaning, good ventilation and choosing the right products to keep your showers looking pristine and mould-free for longer periods.

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