How to Prevent and Remove Mold in a Bathroom
Mold can show up in many different parts of the bathroom and come in several different varieties. The most common areas to see bathroom mold are the tub, shower, toilet, sinks, and other areas where water or moisture is likely to collect. Mold is easily identifiable for most by their colors and textures. We know what mold is but how do you get out of your bathroom and how do you keep it from coming back? Let’s learn what there is to know about removing and preventing mold.
Removing and Preventing Mold in the Bathroom
Identifying Mold and its Causes
The cause of mold is moisture. Mold can’t thrive without moisture, and it doesn’t take a lot of mental clouts to know bathrooms are normally wet and humid environments – which makes them a paradise for molds and fungi. If your bathroom is constantly wet, you’re likely to experience mold, but there is something you can do about it.
What If I Found Black Mold?
Many homeowners are always on the lookout for the dreaded black mold that is said to cause respiratory destress, sickness, and other complications. Here’s the thing, lots of molds are black, and not all are deadly to the homeowner. If you have a proliferation of dark-colored mold, you should always have it inspected but don’t panic every time a black spot pops up on your shower wall.
Though not all black molds are deadly, all should be addressed immediately. Many varieties of mold, black or not, can harm your home’s occupants and could be worse for younger children and senior citizens. Let’s learn how to address that mold.
How to Remove Mold
Small Amounts of Mold
Homeowners can usually handle removal of insignificant amounts of mold. Scrub the moldy spots with a commercial mold solution if you can find it online or local hardware store, otherwise use bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Scrub hard until you’ve removed all traces of mold. Go over the area with hot water and dry completely with a towel.
If the mold is in the caulking – that caulking must go. Remove any moldy caulking, clean and disinfect the area, and allow to dry completely. Once the area is perfectly dry and free of mold, you can lay a new bead of fresh caulking. Use the steps found later to keep mold from coming back.
Large Amounts of Mold
Substantial amounts of mold should not be handled by a homeowner. Large amounts of mold may be submitting spores or other toxic substances without you knowing it and disturbing that mold will likely make the situation worse. Removing large patches of the mold should be left a professional mold remediation company. They can address and remove the mold and can make recommendations on keeping mold from coming back.
Homes in humid environments like the American southeast are more likely to experience mold due to moisture in the air, but any home with a humid bathroom is inviting mold to play. To keep your bathroom mold-free, you need to keep it dry. Keep bathrooms doors and curtains open, make sure air is circulating along the area, squeegee your shower if you need to – just keep it dry. Don’t hang wet towels on the shower rack and wipe up any puddles. A dehumidifier may be necessary if a bathroom stays naturally damp.
If you’ve found mold in your bathroom, don’t panic, even if it’s the dreaded black mold you’ve heard so much you’ve heard about from friends and family. Mold likes moisture, so if you’re experiencing mold in your bathroom, you need to take commonsense steps to keep your bathroom dry like keeping doors and curtains open and drying a shower door from clinging moisture. Tiny amounts of mold can be handled by the homeowner, but anything other than a small patch of mold should be left to professionals for cleanup.
Keeping mold out of your bathroom means keeping your bathroom dry. When your bathroom is dry the mold, we’ll have no place to go, and you’ll be rewarded with a bright, clean, and mold-free bathroom.