Most householders enjoy keeping their surroundings tidy and clean to create a welcoming environment not only for themselves, but also for family and friends who visit their dwelling. Keeping our homes clean is not just a matter of pride, but it is essential to our health and wellbeing, as there is nothing that germs like quite as much as dank, dirty places in which to multiply.

Most people understand that mould is dangerous to human health, and this especially applies here in Brisbane where heat and high humidity are common. Showers and bathrooms need to be kept clean to prevent mould, but you may not know that there are other germs lurking in unclean bathrooms.

Many of our clients are replacing their shower screens because they are old-fashioned and have become hard to keep clean. Others are renovating or updating, some are building new homes and all have asked us here at Budget Shower Screens to provide their new screens.

Two Types of Fungi

Dermatophytic fungi is transmitted by walking barefoot in the bathroom, and one of the best known of these is athlete’s foot, so-called because it was common in communal showers like those in locker rooms, clubs and gyms. Other residual fungi, that is, mould, mildew, we have already mentioned, and while these do not necessarily cause infection, they exacerbate asthma and allergies.

Some Viruses Can Survive on Bathroom Surfaces for Days

Gastrointestinal viruses like the norovirus can live on a solid surface such as a toilet seat or vanity basin for up to a week, so you can see how important it is to wipe bathroom surfaces with a cleaning product regularly. Vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps are just some of the unpleasant consequences of contracting one of these viruses.

Organisms that can Cause Illness and Death

Enteric pathogens are organisms spread by contaminated foods. These can enter the bathroom environment via the toilet, as they are present in faeces. Salmonella and E. coli are the most well-known of these organisms. Some strains of E. coli are particularly nasty and cause severe illness and even death if not treated quickly.

Flesh Eating Bacteria is Nasty

As if these aren’t bad enough, unclean bathrooms can also play host to skin and respiratory organisms such as staphylococcus aureus bacteria, with the MRSA strain being antibiotic resistant. Group A Strep, also known as the flesh-eating bacteria is also one of the nastiest of these organisms.

New Shower Screens Equal Peace of Mind

As you can see, keeping your bathroom clean is not just being a “clean freak”. It is necessary for good health. If your bathroom and shower screens are getting close to replacement, we can replace them with new ones for your peace of mind.