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Because of the use we make of it, the bathroom is by far the wettest room in our home. Add to that often insufficient ventilation and you will get the ideal conditions for the development of small black spots and mold which will quickly invade the tile and tap joints in your bathroom. But when the damage is done, how to act? Rest assured: you won't have to change your seals right away. Simple cleaning and maintenance solutions exist to help you get rid of dirty seals. But be aware that to prevent such a situation from happening again, you will need to remain vigilant and, perhaps, undertake small jobs.
- Know your enemy: black spots, dirt and mold
- Study the field: what is the origin of the problem?
- Equip yourself well: which household products are the most effective for cleaning dirty joints?
- Going on the offensive: how to find white joints without having to paint?
- Insure its rear: do not wait until it is too late for your tiling joints
1. Know your enemies: black spots, dirt and mold
The tile joints in our bathrooms, which are heavily used by the daily use we make of this room, are very often the first to get dirty and undergo the development of mold. These are to be distinguished from the daily dirt which easily accumulates in these small cavities, sometimes difficult to reach. The valve seals are thus the first to suffer from an accumulation of unsightly residues, often responsible for unpleasant odors. If these are easily removed using a flat-head tool, such as a knife, mold is much more stubborn. Appearing in the form of small black spots, they develop in particular on the joints of your shower or bathtub, as well as on the tile joints near these water points. In addition to their unsightly appearance, these fungi, when present in large quantities, can give off bad odors as well as spores irritating to the respiratory tract. You must therefore be particularly vigilant when disposing of them: wear a mask, gloves and protective glasses to avoid any risks.
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2. Study the terrain: the tiles in your bathroom have nothing to do with it
Keep in mind that moldy joints are a sign of an excessively damp and poorly ventilated room. The origin of the problem can however be multiple: * Have you recently suffered water damage? * Is your bathroom equipped with a working mechanical ventilation system? * Does your bathroom have a window or an opening to the outside? * Do you live in a particularly humid region? * Does your house suffer from infiltration or capillary surges? Please note, wall tiles or wallpaper can hide nasty surprises. * Are your seals still tight? * Are your pipes leaking? Normal room humidity, outside of bathroom use periods, should not exceed 65%. You have identified the problem but unfortunately cannot remedy it? Rest assured, you can still delay the return of the mushrooms thanks to simple gestures that I present to you at the end of this article. If, on the contrary, you are lucky enough to be able to act on the cause of the appearance of the fungi, I strongly advise you to remedy it as soon as possible. In this case, small jobs will prove to be much less expensive than long hours of scrubbing ...!
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3. Equip yourself: which household products are most effective in cleaning dirty tile joints?
Perhaps you are already dreading the time to go to the supermarket to get the detergent that will get rid of dirt and other molds embedded in your tile joints. Indeed, how to choose among all the miracle products present on the shelf? Let me help you see more clearly. Start by removing bleach and any other chlorine-based detergent from your list that would only weaken your joints. Household products that are too aggressive, in addition to their harmful effect on your health and the environment, will in fact in the medium term have the opposite effect to that desired: they will make your joints porous and make them the ideal target for fungi, in particular by promoting leaks. Then, if your joints have been suffering from humidity for several weeks, don't think you can get out of it without a minimum of elbow grease! You can already equip yourself with an old toothbrush rather than a sponge, to facilitate stripping. Here as elsewhere, grandmother's tricks actually prove to be the most effective and, in fact, the most economical. Depending on the condition of your joints, you will therefore need the following household products: soda, lemon juice, white vinegar and washing up liquid. These products represent an inexpensive but very useful investment since they will also be used to clean and maintain the rest of your home.
4. Go on the offensive: how to clean and find white joints without having to paint?
Here are some of the simplest recipes to make: * For routine maintenance of your bathroom joints: dilute soda crystals in a little hot water, before using this mixture on the tiled surfaces of your room of baths. The mixture should be fluid but not too liquid. * For moderately dirty seals: simply spray white vinegar on your seals and shower screens. Leave on for a few minutes then scrub vigorously with a toothbrush or a soft scrub brush. Rinse off with water. Some also add a small amount of dishwashing liquid. * For very dirty joints: mix the same amount of soda crystals with lemon juice or white vinegar (go little by little: this is an explosive mixture!), Apply to the joints to clean and leave to act for a few minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush and rinse. All these recipes will also help you whiten your joints to allow them to regain a new shine! They work just as well for wall surfaces as for tiled floors. Beware, however, of natural stone surfaces which do not withstand the acidity of white vinegar and lemon in the long term. So we prefer soda crystals.
© Anne-Fleur Broudehoux and Thierry Lebraly, via The Socialite Family
5. Anticipate the next attack: house maintenance is now happening!
For those of you willing to undertake some small or large works in order to definitively solve your humidity problems, different solutions are available to you: * Install a double flow CMV, there are today now models fitted with a humidity sensor; * Create a window in your bathroom; * Use naturally hygroregulatory materials, such as Tadelakt, a lime plaster traditionally used in hammams in Morocco; * Are you on a construction project and want to avoid humidity problems as much as possible? Think of a wooden frame house (MOB) and opt for humidity-regulating insulators, such as wood wool. However, there is often nothing we can do about the problems that cause the appearance of fungi in our bathroom. We then have no other choice but to adopt simple gestures, on a daily basis, in order to repel the return of molds: * Regularly maintain the joints in its bathroom, using suitable household products; * Ventilate the room and the shower as much as possible, leaving the window or door of your room open; * Plan the bottom of the bathroom door to allow the air to circulate better; * Avoid storing wet linens or clothes in your bathroom; * Regularly check the condition of your pipes and seals to avoid any leakage or leakage problems; * Avoid leaving water stagnating at the bottom of a sink, shower tray or bathtub; * Use an additional moisture absorber. Finally, do not forget that the small molds that clog your joints are not inevitable! With a little perseverance and thanks to our tips you will soon find a healthy bathroom in which you will enjoy finding yourself after a long day.