If your bathroom exists, then mold exists too.
It’s definitely not a pretty sight, but mold is always going to be present in any area that is humid. The bathroom in general, especially without the right ventilation will be the target of mold, you’ll see it growing in tiles, mirrors, bathtubs and other areas, sometimes hidden, sometimes out in the open.
Mold attacks anything that has been wet and kept wet.
And will not judge between grown-up items and baby items. It will attack any baby-related elements too, which includes towels, bath toys, bathtubs and in this case, your bath kneeler as well.
But no worries!
Because, indeed, there are definitely ways to prevent mold in your bathroom and this way, protect important items from germs.
1/ What exactly is Mold?
Mold is the growth of fungus, it grows on food and anywhere with moist and warm conditions. Find it in between tiles, growing on the roof of your bathroom, toys, and even where you store your toothbrushes.
The bathroom is the perfect habitat for mold and fungus. Even if your bathroom is ventilated enough, it’ll only be a matter of time until you notice it and will need to keep up with a special cleaning routine to prevent it.
All in all, keep in mind that mold is fungus and fungus are germs and microbes. A good amount of it can have health consequences. Keeping it away from your baby’s bath kneeler as well as other items is very important.
2/ Even if clean, why is my bathroom having mold issues?
The condensation you notice everytime you take a shower or bath is the culprit here.
There is always a large amount of moisture being produced day after day. Even if the bathroom dries out, this moisture will evaporate into the same air, which only increases the humidity level.
This humid air will linger long enough and if there is no dryness achieved in the ambient room or in objects this moisture will cause humidity and finally, fungus.
3/ Mold and Health Consequences
The excess of moisture can cause mold infestations.
While a a small amount of mold is very likely for any bathroom, if left untreated, it can cause severe skin allergies and respiratory issues as well.
Which is harmful to your famly, especially with babies and small children around.
4/ How to Keep your Bath Kneeler Mold Free
So the best way to prevent mold other than trying to keep good ventilation after each bath session is to also have a good cleaning routine for special items such as your bath kneeler.
If you do ever notice mold issues, wash it in your washing machine or by hand with anti-mold products.
Even if your bath kneeler is waterproof, if exposed to a lot of humidity and never being completely dried off, it can get mold in time.
Clean With Vinegar
Once you remove mold the first time with cleaning products, there are certain things you can do to prevent it from coming back.
You can clean your kneeler with vinegar, it is widely used to prevent the mold’s return.
Not only can you use it on the kneeler, but you can also use it on tiles, bathtub, and other items.
The Kneeler Needs To Be As Dry As Possible For The Next Use
If your bathroom is in good conditions as to mold, there might be an issue with the care of your kneeler.
Maybe your baby had a blast in their previous baths and much of the water was stored in the kneeler and never dried off.
Dry Out The Bath Kneeler
Everytime you use the kneeler make sure you take it outside for ventilation and assure it is completely dry before the next use.
Hang it from the knee pad, thanks to its convenient strap or attach it the tub’s elbow rest thanks to the velcro area.
If you decide to dry it out in your bathroom, make sure it has superb ventilation. Even if the kneeler is waterproof, if it stays in a stagnantly humid area long enough, mold may still develop.
Dry Out The Shower Curtain
If you have a shower curtain, you should make sure you also dry it out, as it is going to be in permanent contact with the bath kneeler.
Shower curtains, like every other element in the bathroom is in constant contact with vapor and humidity and often times, is the first element to grow mold.
Toys In The Kneeler
If you use the convenient pockets in the kneeler to keep your toys, make sure you dry them out regularly before storage.
5/ Bath Toys Free of Mold
Bath toys can also be a source of mold, as most of them are designed with a whole in the bottom, which creates a warm, moist enviornment inside, where germs multiply by millions.
Not a good idea for your baby’s health.
Clean them with vinegar. This is natural and safe resource to clean, so follow these steps:
- 1Squeeze as much water out of it as possible.
- 2Leave out to dry.
- 3Leave out to dry
- 4Soak the toys in a 2 parts warm water 1 part white vinegar for 10-15 minutes
- 5Give the toys a nice shake to ensure that the solution reaches every corner inside
- 6Use an old toothbrush to clean the outside of the toy
- 7Squeeze the solution out
- 8Set aside to dry.
This will ensure your bath toys last longer and are safe for your baby to play with.
6/ Follow a Bathroom Clean Routine to Prevent Mold
- Once a month or maybe even twice a week, you can wipe down your bathroom area with an anti-fungal solution. Include the ceilings, which is one of the most typical areas where mold will grow. Don’t forget the floors, bathtub, mirrors, etc.
- Spray the bath and shower with undiluted vinegar in this case, this will prevent mold and deodorize the bathroom. After, let it dry down, no need to rinse it away.
- Dry all wet surfaces after a shower or bath. This will greatly reduce any moisture source for mold to grow on and keep the humidity level down. Don’t forget tiles, glass, mirror, walls, and any windows.
As long as you take these tips for your baby elements and bath kneeler to heart, you’ll be able to prevent mold and keep your bathroom squeaky clean.
Don’t forget to take on the habit of drying out your bathroom right after a bath. Make vinegar your trusty sidekick against mold and off you go with happy baths!