Mould can quickly accumulate in damp areas of the home like the bathroom and the cellar. To stop it in its tracks and prevent it re-growing, you should use a powerful mould remover spray.
When using a chemical spray, be sure to wear protective gloves and make sure there is plenty of ventilation. Open the windows and leave them open until all of the fumes have escaped. You can also use a face mask and eye goggles for even more protection.
Here are some of the best mould remover sprays available in the UK. They are all fairly priced and can be relied on to provide results.
Best Mould Remover Sprays in the UK
1. HG Mould Spray
HG Mould Spray is one of the bestselling mould remover sprays in Britain. It can be used to remove black and brown mould stains or remove algae or fungus. It’s good for cleaning the shower, the bathtub or your bathroom tiling.
Using HG Mould Spray is very straightforward. You just spray it on the surface you want to clean, leave it half an hour or so and then wipe it off. You should use gloves and keep the window open when cleaning with this spray.
In addition to removing and preventing mould, you can use HG Mould Spray for getting rid of tea and coffee stains. Always make sure you follow the instructions carefully to get the best results.
HG Mould Spray creates unpleasant fumes, so you should make sure there is plenty of ventilation when you use it. If you use it in your bedroom, open the window wide and wait until the smell has completely gone before sleeping.
This spray is very effective at removing black mould from bathroom tiles and other areas.
2. Pro-Kleen Mould & Mildew Remover
According to Pro-Kleen, this mould and mildew remover is one of the most powerful mould killers on the market. This is the experience of most people who use it—this mould remover is very powerful and is used by lots of professional cleaners to tackle really tough mould problems.
The spray is easy to use: you just spray it on the surface affected by mould, leave it for 10 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off. You don’t need to scrub like you do with many mould removers.
This spray delivers real results quickly, though you might need to re-apply it a few times to completely remove all the mould.
As well as removing black and brown mould stains this spray also stops mould from re-growing for up to 6 months.
This mould remover can be bought in a bundle combining a 750 ml spray bottle with a 5-litre refill bottle, offering good value for money.
3. Dettol Anti-Bacterial Mould and Mildew Remover
Dettol Anti-Bacterial Mould and Mildew Remover uses a powerful bleach to remove mould and mildew and kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.
It’s good for using on stainless steel, plastics, ceramics and white grouting.
The label lists several surfaces it’s not suitable for, including wood flooring, enamel and rubber.
As with most mould removers, this spray contains some harmful chemicals so you should use protective gloves and make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
If you’re worried that it might damage the surface you’re using it on, test it on a small out-of-sight or inconspicuous spot and leave it for three minutes to check that it doesn’t damage the surface.
The spray is easy to use. You just pray on the surface at a distance of about 25 centimetres and then leave it for up to 5 minutes before wiping the surface and rinsing it clean.
This product is great at removing mildew, grime and mould and can be used on lots of different surfaces.
4. Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover
Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover comes in a spray bottle and is effective at getting rid of black mould in damp areas such as bathroom tiles, bath tubs and sinks.
You should be careful which surfaces you use this product on. The label lists surfaces you shouldn’t use it on, including treated wood floors, marble and granite.
To use Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover simple spray it on the surface you want to clean at a distance of 20 centimetres or so. You then leave it for up to 5 minutes, and then rinse it with water.
This is a very effective product, but the nozzle is poorly designed and easy to break.
5. Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover
Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover is designed to kill 99.9% of mould and bacteria and also prevent re-growth.
Using it is very straightforward and doesn’t involve any scrubbing. This product uses a powerful bleach to kill mould and clean surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen and elsewhere.
You simply spray it on the surface you want to clean, leave it for around 15 minutes and then wipe it off.
Since this product contains bleach, you should be careful when using it on coloured surfaces. It will clean white tiles very well, but might remove the colour from paint or coloured surfaces.
If you’ve tried homemade cleaning solutions without success, something powerful like Astonish Mould & Mildew Remover could be what you need. It’s very effective at removing mould, algae and mildew.
Gadgets for Removing & Preventing Mould
Here are some great tools and gadgets you can use to fight mould and stop it from developing in the first place.
1. UniBond Aero-360 Pure Moisture Absorber Device
The UniBond Aero-360 has a 360° air tunnel that helps collect moisture from the air, thereby preventing mould and mildew.
It collects moisture through an absorbent tab which also helps remove odours, and then converts the moisture into a salty solution which you can then empty into the sink. The UniBond Aero-360 is small at just 24.2 cm high and 18.9 cm wide.
It doesn’t need to be plugged in, so it won’t increase your electricity bill, and it’s also completely silent.
However, it works more slowly than an electric dehumidifier, as it only removes moisture that passes by it naturally rather than using power to suck the moisture in.
Read our full review of the UniBond Aero-360 here.
2. Pro Breeze 500ml Compact and Portable Mini Air Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, which prevents mould from appearing or growing. The Pro Breeze 500ml Dehumidifier can remove up to 250ml of moisture a day, which it stores in a 500ml water tank. Once the tank is full you can simply remove it and tip it down the sink.
This dehumidifier is nice and compact at just 28 cm high and 18 cm wide, so it’s great for flats or homes where space is limited. It’s also cheap to run at about 12 watts an hour.
For more dehumidifiers to consider, check out our roundup of the best dehumidifiers in the UK.
3. Airsense Hanging Wardrobe Dehumidifiers
These Airsense Hanging Wardrobe Dehumidifiers will help prevent mould and mildew in your wardrobe, which could give your clothes an unpleasant musty, damp smell.
These dehumidifiers have a clothes hanger for hanging off a clothes rail, and can absorb about 10ml of water a day.
If your clothes get cold and damp in your wardrobe, you should give these hanging dehumidifiers a try.
4. Fuginator Grout Brush
If you have mould on the grout in your shower or bathroom, you should scrub it off with a purpose-designed brush like the Fuginator Grout Brush.
It has an ergonomic handle to make it easier and more comfortable to use. It’s much stiffer than a toothbrush, making it far more effective at removing mould from grout.
For the best results, use it in combination with a mould spray.
Tips for Preventing Mould
Mould can cause many problems in our homes and can also cause a potentially serious health risk, particularly for those suffering from allergies or asthma.
Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, mould can cause irritation to your eyes, skin, throat, nose and lungs.
Mould can also seriously damage your property, resulting in expensive repairs if left untreated.
Luckily there is plenty you can do to prevent mould, and to protect yourself and your home.
What Causes Mould?
There are several causes of mould in the home. Firstly, mould forming due to excess moisture can be caused by problems with the actual structure of the building, such as leaking pipes, rain leaking in through the roof or around windows (penetrating damp), or rising damp in basements.
The other main cause of mould inside our homes is condensation. When indoor air can no longer hold moisture, condensation begins to form, particularly on cold surfaces such as windowsills, mirrors and walls.
Cooking, showering, bathing and drying washing indoors are just some of the everyday activities that increase the moisture in the air causing more condensation to form.
If there is too much condensation on a surface, a mould may begin to grow that looks like a small group of black dots.
Reducing moisture in your home is one of the easiest ways to prevent mould forming. It’s easy to make simple changes to do this, for example:
- Dry clothes outside whenever possible and avoid drying them on radiators if you have to dry them indoors.
- Keep the lids on pans when cooking.
- Vent your tumble dryer outside if you can.
- Open bedroom windows as much as possible, even in winter.
- If any of your household appliances have drip trays, make sure they are emptied regularly.
- Dry wet areas immediately. This applies to both small everyday spillages, and to more serious problems such as wet floors caused by a leak.
You might also want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier to reduce the level of humidity in your home, particularly if you need to dry clothes inside often or if you struggle to reduce the moisture in your home using the methods above.
Improving ventilation is another important step to help prevent mould forming in your home.
It’s a good idea to ventilate rooms regularly and to open doors between rooms, to allow air to circulate around your home.
However, if you’re cooking, showering, bathing or doing laundry, you’ll need to close the door of the room that you’re in and open a window.
It may be worth getting an extractor fan installed in the bathroom, to run whenever you’re in the room to reduce condensation, and if possible let the fan run for 30 minutes after a bath or shower.
Identify and Repair Structural Problems
As mentioned previously, some damp and mould problems are caused by structural problems, for example leaks in a roof, around a window or in pipes, or even rising damp. Even if repairs seem expensive initially, fixing problems sooner rather than later will prevent mould developing.
Many leaks in homes are caused by problems with faulty roof gutters, so it’s worth getting these checked regularly too.
Monitor Moisture Levels in Your Home
Moisture meters (hygrometers) can be bought easily and cheaply from hardware shops or online, and are a good way to monitor and control the moisture levels in your home and detect potential problem areas. Aim to keep humidity levels below 60% if possible.
Keep Your Home Warm
If you want to prevent mould, you need to keep your home as warm as possible, particularly in colder weather. Cold air can’t hold moisture as well as warm air, and therefore condenses on cold surfaces and mould begins to grow.
Installing loft and cavity wall insulation and draught proofing windows and exterior doors can help keep your home warmer and means reduced energy bills too.
How to Reduce Mould in the Bathroom
Mould can be a big problem in bathrooms and other areas that have a damp atmosphere. Mould is a type of fungus that thrives in a warm environment where relative humidity is 70% or higher.
Fertile mould produces spores that are carried around in the air and so spread further.
Mould appears as a black deposit on ceiling and walls, and not only looks unsightly and has an unpleasant smell, but also causes damage to walls, floors and ceilings as well as giving rise to breathing difficulties for those who have respiratory problems. So, it’s important you prevent or eliminate it.
How to Prevent Mould
As with most things, prevention is better than cure, so trying to avoid mould occurring will always be preferable to attempting to eradicate it once you’ve got it.
Since mould thrives in damp and warm conditions, a bathroom is the perfect environment for it to flourish. Your aim, therefore, is to change these conditions and so prevent the build-up of mould.
1. Let moisture escape
The most obvious way to reduce the amount of moisture is to remove it from the bathroom. That can be done by opening a window while showering or bathing so that steam can go outside naturally.
In cold winter months, this may not be practical and the best alternative is an extractor fan that will remove the worst of the steam.
Run this while showering or bathing and up to thirty minutes afterwards to be most effective, ensuring the bathroom door is closed to prevent the moist air circulating throughout the house.
As well as helping to reduce the level of moisture, adequate ventilation is also good for health generally.
2. Reduce condensation
Moisture in the bathroom is a bigger problem when it condenses as water on cold surfaces, which can be alleviated by keeping the room well heated.
Effective insulation will certainly help here while air conditioning will also purify the air and a good dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air, both in the bathroom and throughout the rest of the house. Aim for humidity levels of no more than 50%.
3. Remove excess moisture
Preventing a build-up of moisture is also helped by removing excess water at the outset.
Always squeegee the shower dry when you’ve finished so the excess water drains away rather than remaining on the walls. Fix any drips or leaks since they will otherwise constantly add to the room’s moisture.
Don’t leave wet sponges and cloths in the shower or bath since they will add to the level of moisture in the atmosphere.
If you can’t put them in a sealed container or cupboard, at least squeeze them out thoroughly so they’re relatively dry.
4. Keep the bathroom clean
It’s also important to keep the room as clean as possible since dust is a source of food for the mould and the mould spores travel through the air.
Dust at least weekly with a slightly damp cloth and clean all surfaces with a general purpose cleaner, drying thoroughly to reduce moisture.
Also, wash any mats and shower curtains once a week and ensure they’re completely dry before putting them back.
Lastly, mould thrives in dark areas as well as those that are warm and damp. So make sure your bathroom is well-lit and don’t leave the blinds down throughout the day.
How to Get Rid of Mould
If, despite your best efforts, you still have mould in your bathroom, it’s important you get rid of it straightaway before it becomes a major problem. While treating the mould:
- Wear rubber gloves and possibly protective goggles
- Ensure the room is well ventilated and, especially if you have respiratory problems, wear a dust mask
- Never try to scrape off the mould because this will release spores that your are likely to breathe in.
Treatment generally involves a few simple steps:
- Wash down affected areas with a mixture of one part bleach to four parts water. You may first want to test on a small area since bleach can damage some paint. Alternatively, use other products such as specialist mould remover sprays or anti-bacterial sprays, although the latter are likely to be less effective.
- Remove any affected sealant and apply fresh in its place.
- Ensure all areas are clean and dry.
- Repaint the walls and ceilings with a barrier solution to prevent further penetration.
- Once dried, apply a paint top coat. You can add fungicide to the emulsion to prevent a reoccurrence of the mould.
If the mould covers large areas, has penetrated into the walls and ceilings or you are unable to eradicate it, you must seek professional help. Failure to do so can result in further damage to your property and increased danger to your health.
Even when the problem seems to have been cleared, that’s not the end of the matter. You’ll still need to concentrate on keeping the bathroom clean, warm, well-ventilated and free of excess moisture. If you don’t, the problem will recur time and time again, so be on your guard.
As with everything, prevention is better than cure. Make sure your bathroom has good ventilation and isn’t too cold, and use an anti-mould paint on the walls and ceiling if possible.
You can also measure the humidity levels in your bathroom using a hygrometer to check that your efforts to reduce the humidity are working.