The prevalence of excessive moisture, darkness, and consistent food sources make bathrooms the ideal spots for flourishing mold. Given that bathrooms are often humid, less ventilated, and are rife with grime, these areas of the home are a common hiding place for mold. Homeowners should be vigilant and tackle mold in bathrooms.
Where is mold found in bathrooms?
Mold lodged in the grout between shower tiles or behind the toilet is commonplace in bathrooms. Spores can also appear in the least likely places, like inside bathtub or sink drains. When the drain is clogged, moisture and grime become trapped. These nutrient sources lead to explosive mold growth.
- Bathroom products
Colonies also find rich nutrient sources on the surfaces of bathroom products, like shampoo bottles, old soap bars and beauty products. When these bottles are stored in the shower, they tend to get wet. The combination of a wet bathroom environment and wet products encourages the rapid development of mold.
2. Appliances and building materials
Leaky toilets and water pipes also trigger mold infestations. Organic products, such as drywall, rugs, grout, fabric and wallpaper can spur a mold outbreak when they remain damp for an extended duration.
Mold can also flourish around the bathroom’s exhaust fan.
3. Crawlspace and basement
Even more unsettling is that the crawl space and basement located directly below the bathroom can develop a nasty influx of mold. Rampant spores may start to develop inside an improperly ventilated bathroom and insidiously spread to other areas of the home.
What are signs of mold in the bathroom?
Mold can be readily identified visually or by smelling its damp, musty odor. Black splotches along the tile grout or behind the toilet tank are definite indications of mold growth. Homeowners may confuse mildew with mold. Mildew is a surface mold that will not damage structures; mold, however, will.
A bathroom surface may be contaminated with mold, mildew or grime. The easiest way to differentiate the three is to dab bleach onto the soiled area. If the dark patches rapidly lighten and return after repeated cleanings, the issue is mold. Grime and mildew can be easily wiped away.
What is the first step to eliminate mold?
Once mold has been identified, homeowners must locate the source of moisture. Mold that thrives near plumbing fixtures or water pipes means that a leak has sprung. Run the water and examine the pipes and surrounding areas for leaks. If one is present, repair it.
Since drywall in the bathroom is absorbent, water can travel in any direction—upward, sideways and, naturally, downward. The versatility of water absorption means that the water leak can occur a far distance from the visible mold infestation, even in hard-to-access places.
What is the best way to remove bathroom mold?
Anti-fungal surface cleaners are a homeowner’s most trusted partner in the fight to eliminate bathroom mold. Using a sponge or cloth soaked in the anti-fungal solution, wipe the splotches of mold from the tile and porcelain. Scrub the area with a scrub brush.
Although non-porous, porcelain and tile surfaces but may be darkly stained by the mold spores. These ugly stains can be removed by mixing equal parts of water and bleach in a spray bottle. Spray the darkened surfaces, allowing the solution to linger for a few minutes, and scrub the stains away.
The bathroom mold elimination project is still incomplete. Vinegar, with its mildly acidic properties, is the ideal cleaning product to finally rid the bathroom of mold spores. Spray a generous amount of vinegar onto affected areas and allow it to dry. The vinegar will kill off the remaining spores.
What are bathroom mold prevention methods?
Sharing a bathroom with repulsive mold spores is a repeating nightmare, unless the homeowner actively prevents mold in the first place. Mold prevention can be achieved by keeping a few common household chemicals, like white vinegar and bleach, on hand.
- Use vinegar for cleaning
White vinegar is known to kill 82 percent of various mold species. Keep vinegar handy to spritz along the shower walls, then allow it to air dry. If the scent of vinegar is offensive, consider adding a few drops of essential oils, like lavender or peppermint, to the bottle.
2. Proper ventilation
Adequate ventilation is crucial to reducing the bathroom’s substantial increase of humidity after use. The bathroom’s exhaust fan is instrumental in helping to dry out the bathroom after a shower. Run the fan during—and for 30 minutes after—each shower to eliminate lingering steam and humidity.
If the bathroom features a built-in window, open the window after a shower to allow plenty of air circulation. For maximum ventilation, open the window and run the fan at the same time. Remember, mold growth is contained when the household humidity levels are kept below 50 percent.
3. Throw out empty product bottles
A mildew resistant shower curtain is optimal in deterring mold. Since mold grows on bathroom products, throw out empty product bottles. Minimizing the number of items susceptible to mold growth goes a long way in reducing mold colonies in the bathroom.
4. Frequently clean the bathroom
Regularly cleaning the bathroom and applying anti-fungal solutions each month are key to keeping mold at bay. Even the floor can erupt with a mold outbreak and should receive attention. Mop the bathroom floor with vinegar to deter mold growth.
Work with a Mold Removal Professional
When the bathroom mold or mold in any other part of the home has gotten out of hand, consult a mold remediation professional, like Target Restoration. Our proven tactics wipe out mold quickly—before it spreads to other areas of the home.
Mold that spans over ten square feet should be handled by mold remediation professionals. Target Restoration’s skilled technicians will assess the extent of mold growth, contain the affected areas and use professional-grade products to effectively eliminate the mold. Our services include the replacement of damaged materials.
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