In any home, the bathroom is the most common place for mold to proliferate, due to the humidity from your shower, bathtub, and sink. Here are some tips for dealing with mold if you spot it in your bathroom, or prevent it if it’s not already there.
Does Your Bathroom Have Mold?
Mold thrives in damp, dark and isolated spots. The bathroom, therefore, lends itself to mold growth. Even if your shower, or entire bathroom, dries between use, it may not stay that way long enough to stop mold from growing. Poor ventilation, a dripping showerhead, or leaky pipes only add to the problem as do certain materials such as wood, rugs, paper products, wallpaper, and grout. If you can see mold and/or smell it, chances are, you have it. If you can’t see it, but suspect it’s there, dig a little deeper and check under the sink, around the exhaust fan, or beneath the bathroom in a basement or crawl space, as mold may be forming near the bathroom, but not in it.
Removing Mold From Your Bathroom
If the infestation is not taking up too big of an area, you can clean it yourself, by stripping away any caulking or sealant with mold growth and cleaning your bathroom with mold killing products such as hydrogen peroxide, bleach, or vinegar. (But don’t mix these products together, as they can cause a toxic chemical reaction!) Finally, air out your bathroom and let it dry completely.
If mold has seeped into walls and insulation and takes up more than 10 square feet of your bathroom, it’s time to call in a mold remediation specialist to do the job professionally.
How Can You Prevent Mold Growth In Your Bathroom?
It’s easy to stop mold before it starts if you follow a few simple rules:
- Ventilation is key. After showing, open a window to let the steam out and reduce moisture. If you don’t already have an exhaust fan, invest in one. Leave it on for half an hour to fully remove steam and excess moisture from the bathroom. Household humidity must stay below 50% to keep mold at bay. Additionally, a dehumidifier or air conditioner will help the air dry further.
- Purchase a mold and mildew resistant shower curtain. Wash it frequently, and if there is mold growth on it, just remove and replace it. Bathroom rugs and towels should also be cleaned regularly.
- Remove any bottles, loofahs, or toys from your shower. They may seem innocuous, but they are also conduits to mold!