Mold is more than just an unsightly problem. It’s a health hazard that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible if you see it. The bathroom is a prime location for mold growth because constant moisture and humidity from bathing is mold’s best friend.
To help keep mold to a minimum in your bathroom, follow the tips below. Read to the end to find out how to get rid of the mold if you see it. It’s easier than you think.
Stop Mold Before It Starts
If you notice any leaky pipes in your bathroom, get it fixed A.S.A.P. The constant presence of water creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. Once the pipe is fixed, mold should never be a problem again.
Towel-Dry Wet Surfaces
It may sound tedious, but towel-drying wet surfaces after bathing will deter mold growth. Simply use a hand towel and wipe down all the wet surfaces until they shine. Once you get used to this task, it won’t take you long to do it after each shower.
Use Bathroom Fans
Designed for more than just getting rid of nasty smells in the bathroom, the fan in the ceiling will also remove humidity from the air during and after your shower. Simply turn it on before getting in the shower and let it run for a few minutes afterward to help dry the room and prevent mold.
Get Rid Of Carpet
Most bathrooms have tile or linoleum, but if yours has carpet, tear it out immediately. Carpet is a mold haven in a bathroom, which can lead to respiratory problems and other health concerns.
Less Is More
If your shower contains a plethora of bathing products, bath toys, and scrubbies, you may be unknowingly giving mold a place to hide. Get rid of any unnecessary products in the shower area and use a caddy or shelving that drains well to prevent mold from growing under these items.
Keep Humidity To A Minimum
If your bathroom is constantly humid, you’ll want to use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture level in the air. Excess humidity encourages mold growth, so crank up the air conditioning or use a dehumidifier as needed to dry the room out.
How To Clean Mold
If you notice mold growth in your bathroom, take the following steps to get rid of it.
Never attempt to remove mold with a dry cloth as it will cause the spores to fly around, which can lead to respiratory problems if you breathe them in. Instead, use a spray bottle filled with plain white vinegar to douse the stain. Let it dry, douse it again and wipe. Dry the surface completely to deter mold growth in the future.
If vinegar doesn’t do the trick, move on to Plan B. Create a solution of one part bleach to two parts water in a spray bottle. Douse the mold with the solution and let it dry completely. The bleach will kill the mold and remove stubborn stains. Douse the area again with the solution and scrub as needed to remove stubborn stains. Rinse well and dry the area completely.