Mold in the bathroom is a rather unpleasant discovery. Between being grossed out and worrying about the health of your household, it’s vital that you get rid of the mold ASAP. In this post, we will go over some quick and easy ways to get rid of bathroom mold.
What causes mold in bathrooms?
Mold thrives on moisture, and bathrooms are very moist and humid places. The number one cause of bathroom mold is improper ventilation. While most homes come with fans in the bathroom, the truth is, a lot of people simply don’t use them, or they wear over time, and homeowners don’t bother to have them replaced— big mistake.
Bathroom mold, known as problem mold, is typically caused by some type of leak in the bathroom—for example, a leaky roof, window, or under-the-sink leaks.
Additionally, mold can grow on a number of damp bathroom materials like drywall, wallpaper, under rugs, on shower curtains, and on grout.
How to remove mold in the bathroom
- Use a toothbrush: Dip a toothbrush into a concentration of white vinegar and water and then scrub the moldy area lightly for about two minutes. It’s important not to scrub too hard as that can damage the grout. Make sure to wear rubber gloves while doing this. Let the vinegar concentration sit on the walls for about an hour, then wash it off with warm water. Repeat until the mold is gone. Alternatively, you can mix water and baking soda and pour it into a spray bottle to spray on the mold, then scrub.
- If your walls are painted or have wallpaper on them, combine two tablespoons of borax with 1/4 cup white vinegar and two cups of hot water. Then, transfer the solution to a spray bottle and spray it on the painted walls, scrub thoroughly, and wipe clean. Let sit for ten minutes and repeat.
- Call a professional: When you use household products like vinegar, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide, you reduce the appearance of mold but likely not killing it or removing mold growth. To ensure full mold removal, contact a mold removal specialist.
Preventing mold from coming back
Getting rid of bathroom mold is only half of the story; you must also keep mold away. To do that:
- Use the ventilation fan: The fan is there for a reason, so use it! It’s your best defense against bathroom mold. If your fan isn’t working well and you notice the air isn’t moving, contact a mold specialist to come to inspect it.
- Make sure to use a shower curtain and that shower doors are completely sealed: Making sure that the shower curtain and door are properly doing their jobs will help ensure the bathroom floor doesn’t become flooded every time you shower. You must aim to keep your bathroom ADAP (as dry as possible) to keep mold at bay.
- Change your shower curtain: Have you ever replaced your shower curtain? Most people don’t. But you must! Take a look at your current shower curtain, is the bottom covered in brown mold spots? It’s time to clean it or replace it. Aim to do so 2-3 times per year. There are even special mildew-resistant shower curtains you can buy.
- Keep the bathroom door open: If you don’t have a fan in the bathroom, you must keep the door open when you shower to allow air to flow properly and to pull some of the humidity out of the bathroom. It’s also a good idea to open the bathroom window while showering if you don’t have a fan.
- Clean the bathroom regularly: Keep mold, germs, and any other yucky things away with regular bathroom cleaning.
- Don’t leave damp towels or other items on the floor.
- Frequently wash and dry area rugs.
- Repair any leaking pipes, shower heads, and faucets
For mold concerns of all sizes in your home, contact TruClean today. It is our mission to provide excellent workmanship and complete customer satisfaction right from the start to the completion of a project.
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