Bathroom Mold: How To Get Rid of It and Keep It from Coming Back
Bathrooms and mold go together like bathrooms and water.
Mold spores are everywhere, inside every building and outside in the air.
You cannot keep mold out no matter what you do, but you can make it very difficult for mold to grow in your home.
Bathrooms and Mold
Mold grows in bathrooms because it needs water to grow and bathrooms are a great source of water. Your first line of attack should always include reducing the water available for mold growth.
6 Ways to Keep Bathroom Dry
1. Ventilate during and after bathing. Either open a window or use an exhaust fan when showering or taking a bath. Let the fan run or leave the window open for at least 30 minutes after bathing.
If you use an exhaust fan, make sure it vents outside. A fan that vents to your attic will create an excellent environment for microbial growth that you may not notice for months.
2. Squeegee the walls and tub after use. Any water you remove will help reduce the ability of spores to take root and multiply.
3. Wipe off shampoo bottles, toys, etc. and put them away outside the shower or tub. Water sitting on these objects will harbor mold and increase your exposure.
4. Hang towels, washcloths, and loofahs outside the shower or tub to dry. Towels on the ground and washcloths in the tub are perfect places for mold to grow.
5. Fix leaky pipes, and dripping faucets as soon as you see them. Look behind the toilet, under the sink, and inside the vanity regularly so you will see a problem before it gets out of hand.
Keep It Clean
Clean all bathroom surfaces regularly. Mold is growing and releasing invisible spores before you can see it. Regular cleaning will remove the microbes you can’t see before the colonies burst into full bloom.
Wash all soft goods at least once a week. Cleaning towels, rugs, and shower curtains will also cut down on the spores available to grow.
Replace moldy caulk or grout. You may be able to remove the exterior staining, but once microorganisms find a home deep in these materials, you will never be able to fully eradicate them.
How To Clean Bathroom Mold
In most cases, small outbreaks can be cleaned using soap and water.
Bleach can remove mold staining but it may not kill the microbes.
If visible mold is growing on soft goods—rugs and towels, for example—these items should be replaced as you can never completely eliminate the microbes.
Professional Mold Remediation
For large mold outbreaks—greater than 10 square feet—it is best to hire a professional to ensure the problem is fully eradicated.
Additionally you should hire a remediation company when you suspect mold growing in or behind drywall and other porous building materials. A certified mold remediation technician can remove these materials while protecting building occupants from exposure to elevated spore counts.
SERVPRO mold remediation technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in the proper treatment of microbial infestations. Give us call when you see mold and you want it gone.