Mold can grow anywhere in the house, but the bathroom is one of the most commonly complained about areas. Mold spores need moisture to replicate. They like damp, dark, and warm areas. Your bathroom is the perfect place, especially if you don’t extract the moisture properly after a shower or bath.
This doesn’t mean you have to put up with the mold in your bathroom. It’s time to take some steps to get rid of the mold from your bathroom. Here’s everything you need to know.
Why Mold Grows in the Bathroom
The bathroom is an extremely problematic area. Mold spores accumulate and breed in warm and damp areas. Your bathroom is constantly warm and suffers a lot of moisture issues because of your sinks, bath, and shower.
If you don’t extract the moisture properly, you will find dampness remains and mold spreads. The best way to prevent mold growth is by properly extracting all moisture from the shower. Install an extractor fan and dehumidifier. Don’t just install a normal ceiling fan. You want to suck the moisture out of the room, not spread it around.
You may find most of the growth is around your shower head, the taps, or where basins attach to the wall. This is because most of the moisture builds up here. You’ll need to make sure the areas are dried and cleaned regularly.
If you can, leave the bathroom door open regularly. This allows the humidity in the room to escape. If you have a window, open this regularly to allow heat to escape the room.
Use the Right Products
There’s no need to buy specialist products to get rid of the mold. Work with vinegar, bleach, alcohol, and even citrus extract first. All these will get into the particles of your windowsills, tiles, and more.
You will need to do more than just spray and wipe. Leave the products on for a few minutes and allow them to physically kill off the mold spores. You can then get in with a toothbrush, especially into the smaller areas, to get rid of the remnants of the problem.
Just leaving one spore behind will mean your mold problem returns.
After you’ve cleaned up the mold spores, you’ll need to use vinegar or citrus extract regularly. These will help to kill any new spores that start to form due to the warm and damp area.
Getting Rid of Mold from the Grout
The grout between your tiles is one of the most common areas to see mold. This is also one of the easiest places to get rid of it. In most cases, the mold is superficial. This means it’s on the top of the grout and can be wiped away.
However, sometimes the mold gets into the grout and in between the tiles. You’ll need to use a toothbrush to scrub away the spores. If the mold continues to return, even with regular cleaning, you’ll want to replace the sealant within the grout to prevent the moisture getting in between the tiles. Use a screwdriver to remove all the old sealant first and clean out the tiles to prevent mold growing underneath.
Clean the Bathroom Regularly
Don’t just mop the floor. You want to clean the sinks, baths, and basins regularly. Make it part of your weekly chore list. Scrub into the section where the bath/sink join with the wall and don’t forget about where the taps connect to the basins. You want to get rid of any beads of moisture.
Mold can also grow where your soaps and body washes sit. This is because of oils and scum from the bottles drip onto the bath or the stand. Clean the outside of your products and wipe away all the buildup of oils and scum so mold spores don’t have anything to feed on.
Don’t forget about the grate in your showers. This will see a buildup of hair, skin cells, oils, and scum. Remove the grate and regularly clean it. You want to get into the pipes where possible, as mold will build in these sections. Use a vinegar cleanser and pour it down the drains regularly to kill all the mold that grows here. Unfortunately, you can’t stop the mold growth within the drains, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a health problem.
Unblock Drains Right Away
Get into the drains and unblock them as soon as you notice a problem. Just because you’ve only seen the problem doesn’t mean it’s just started. There is already mold growing within your drains, due to the reason for the blockage. Moisture collects in the pipes, creating the optimum home for the pest.
Drain cleaner or a vinegar cleaner will help to breakdown the particles and remove the reason for the blockage. You’ll also get rid of the mold spores.
If the problem persists, you may need to invest in a plumber to get rid of the full issue.
Manage the Humidity and Water Levels
You can’t get rid of all humidity in your bathroom. However, you want to keep it as low as possible to prevent the mold from growing back. Ventilating your bathroom is the best thing you can do, whether it’s through a dehumidifier or an open door/window.
Don’t turn your extractor fan off straight away after a shower. Leave it on for at least five minutes to get rid of all the steam. You’ll also want to wipe down all surfaces to get rid of dripping moisture.