Everyone knows by now that mold grows in areas where there are consistently damp, musty conditions. And while we’d like to believe that mold growth is only a problem after a major occurrence such as a flood, the truth is that a minor occurrence – like your daily shower – is enough to start the nasty cycle that causes mold to grow and threaten your health is ways both large and small. Fortunately for you, the mold catastrophe caused by your daily shower in your bathroom at home is easily remedied without the help of a professional. A small mold removal project like this can be done safely and easily with the right cleaners and know-how.
Before we begin your shower mold removal project, let’s look at why mold is growing there in the first place. After all, there’s no use in removing it if it’s going to come right back! If mold is growing in your shower, you have a moisture and air circulation problem in your bathroom. Mold travels in the air as an “invisible to the naked eye” spore, finds a wet area with an organic landing spot and begins to both reproduce and emit some pretty nasty toxic fumes that can make you sick. In the shower, oils and soap scum trapped in your grout, on your faucets, on your no-slip bathmat or on the tile itself make for a great breeding ground. Just add water and the still air of the smallest room in your house and you’ve got an easy target for mold growth. Now, how to remove it …
Shower Mold Removal – How It’s Done
- First, inspect your entire bathroom. If you can see mold growing on your shower, you need to check under the sink, at baseboards and above cabinets. Clean everything because mold will re-grow if you don’t get all of it at once.
- Wear rubber gloves and a mask while you clean. Although the mold will be wet when you begin scrubbing, mold spores can still take flight. Since only a mold kit can tell you what kind of mold you’ll be inhaling, be safe rather than sorry.
- Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste. Scrub the paste onto the visible mold with an abrasive pad or toothbrush. Let it sit for up to an hour.
- Rinse well. If the stains are not yet gone, repeat the process.
- Spray the walls with a mixture of white vinegar and water once a week. Don’t rinse it off! The acidic nature of the spray will inhibit mold growth until you rinse it off.
How to Keep Mold Away Once You’ve Removed It
- Reduce the humidity in the room. Of course, you can’t avoid a little steam and water in the bathroom but open a window or install a bathroom fan to keep the air circulating. You can also buy a small fan for the countertop to keep the air moving during and after your shower.
- Keep the bathroom clean. No one likes to clean the bathroom but if you don’t allow any organic material to build up on the surfaces in your bathroom, mold will have a harder time finding a place to take root.
- You can use a spray of white vinegar and water on the shower’s surfaces once a week to help with deodorizing and keeping an acidic surface that will keep mold from growing.
- Wash bathmats often and dry completely in the sun if possible.
- If the mold is growing on a painted surface and continues to re-grow, clean it carefully and repaint with a mold retardant paint.
Mold in your shower isn’t a major catastrophe but let’s face it: it’s ugly and it can make you sick. Shower mold removal is relatively easy and will protect both your health and peace of mind. Just a few simple steps and you’ll be breathing easy!