How Does Mold Form in the Bathroom?
Mold colonies love moisture, and what does your bathroom have an abundant supply of? Moisture. The humid, dark, and damp environment of the bathroom is the perfect place for mold spores to hide, feeding off organic material in the tile and shower walls, as well as your fabric shower curtain. Mold is everywhere, and it is difficult to remove mold from your home.
However, there are ways you can get rid of mold for good. For one, proper cleaning is a must to prevent shower mold. You can also line your bathroom with mold-resistant caulking, or simply take measures to prevent mold from getting into your shower grout.
Can You Get Sick From Mold?
Fortunately, most mold species are harmless for the healthy individual. However, there is one slightly common species that is toxic, and is known as the toxic black mold. Toxic black mold is often found in woody areas that have been exposed to constant water damage, like floods and pipe leaks.
The scientific name for the toxic black mold growth is Stachybotrys chartarum, and it produces mycotoxins that can cause respiratory and skin issues when in contact with the spores, mold growth, or inhaling the mycotoxins.
However, most common bathroom mold in the shower and toilet areas are typically harmless, albeit they may cause some respiratory distress such as allergies, sneezing, and asthma attacks. For immunocompromised individuals, mold may be threatening to their health, so best to remove mold for good.
How to Remove Bathroom Mold
Before you do any sort of cleaning, you should check to make sure that you're not dealing with the toxic black mold in shower areas, as these may release more toxins in the air. If you're finding fast-growing black mold with a slightly green hue and a slimy appearance, that may be the toxic black mold.
In this case, best to let professionals handle the mold removal for your own safety, and the safety of your family. If you've determined that the mold in the shower and bathroom areas are NOT toxic mold species, then go ahead with our simple cleaning tips!
Remove Black Mold in Shower
The shower area can be home to different types of mold in various colours, but shower areas typically present black mold within the shower walls, shower grout, and shower curtain. Clean the curtain by washing it in the laundry machine along with a cup of baking soda and a cup or white vinegar.
Clean the shower grout using a paste made from baking soda and white vinegar. Leave the paste to sit for a few minutes, around 10-20 minutes, before using a soft brush to remove the shower mold. Rinse the shower area, and the shower mold should disappear from your walls.
To remove black mold from your faucets, drains, and shower heads, use the same baking soda and white vinegar solution. Let the solution sit on these areas overnight, and you may need to use a plastic bag filled with the solution to tie over your faucet and shower head. Scrub and rinse the next day to remove the mold.
Remove Mold Growth from Toilet
The toilet is another location where black mold loves to hang out. Fortunately, most of the black mold in your toilet can be easily removed using a disinfecting toilet cleaner. Use the toilet cleaner like you normally would, and scrub the entire toilet bowl with the toilet brush.
Scrub underneath the rim, into the bowl, and around the toilet as well. Alternatively to the toilet disinfecting solution, you can make a spray with diluted white vinegar in a spray bottle to kill the black mold from your toilet before scrubbing.
Flush the toilet bowl to rinse, and repeat the process if not all the black mold has been scrubbed out. Remember to check the toilet tank for mold as well, and keep the bathroom door open as the cleaning solutions may emit a harsh smell.
Remove Pink "Mold"
If instead of black mold, you see pink, that may not be mold after all! A slimy or fuzzy growth with a pink hue may look like surface mold, but it is actually a type of bacteria that is generally harmless to most adults. Cleaning this off is fairly easy, and can be done by most homeowners.
The pink mold is called so because of its appearance, and despite the growth acting like a mold, it is actually the bacteria Serratia marcescens. To get rid of this type of mold, treat the mold like a germ-infested growth. Clean the surface mold first, then use a disinfecting solution to kill off the germs.
Remove Mold Stains
Once you've removed the surface mold, you may notice that the mold has left stains behind. Typically, you will see the mold stains present within the grout of tiled walls. To remove the stains, use a bleach pen or a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Apply the mixture straight onto the grout, directly where the affected areas are. Let the mixture sit for an hour up to overnight, or until you see the stain whiten. This hack only works on white grout, and you may have difficulties removing stains from coloured grout.
How to Prevent Mold in the Bathroom
Keep Mold Spores Away with Ventilation
Install an exhaust fan in your bathroom for good ventilation. Mold loves a humid environment, and the bathroom is typically more humid than the rest of the house. Running an exhaust fan keeps the humidity levels low, preventing mold from successfully thriving in your bathroom.
Spray a Preventive Solution
A solution of half water and half white vinegar is an effective mix to prevent mold spores from latching onto your bathroom surfaces. Keep a spray bottle of the solution on hand, and spray down your walls, floors, and other bathroom surfaces with the solution to keep mold away from your bathroom. You can do the same for the rest of your house too!
Keep your Bathroom Clean
Above all, keeping your bathroom clean is the best preventive in keeping mold away from your home. At Luce Home, we don't only clean your home, but we make sure that you live comfortably in a pristine living space as well. Our expert cleaners can clean your bathrooms, making sure that mold stays away from your spotless bathroom fixtures.
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