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Mold in Bathrooms

Unsightly mold can grow easily in bathrooms because the bathroom can provide optimal conditions for mold growth.  Mold can often be found in grout, caulking, on tiles, around toilets, around fan vents, in drains, and on ceilings and walls. Mold thrives in damp environments and the regular humidity found in bathrooms due to showers, steaming bathwater, sweating toilets, and inadequate ventilation creates a mold-growing environment.  Because of these factors, regular mold removal is very important in order to prevent it from becoming a more seriously entrenched issue.

There are a myriad of products available today that are made specifically for cleaning mold away from bathroom tiles and shower stalls.  Additionally, common household cleaners such as bleach, distilled white vinegar, borax and ammonia can be used to fight mold growth.  Never mix any of these chemicals together as the resulting fumes can be highly toxic.

As tiles are hard and non-porous, they should be relatively easily to clean with a good scrubbing.  Grout and caulking can be trickier as both are porous and mold sets roots that will allow it to grow back, even after the surface has been cleaned.  Grout may require extra work and caulking often needs to be removed and replaced.  It is a good idea to use bleach, distilled white vinegar, borax, ammonia, or a commercial cleaner to thoroughly scrub and disinfect the surface below which the new caulk will be placed to help to retard further mold growth in the event that any roots or mold spores remain.

In order to grow, mold needs moisture and something on which to feed.  Mold happily feeds on soap scum, drywall, caulking, paint, and the dust and dirt that may collect around or behind sinks, tubs, and toilets.  Regularly wiping away this debris will aid in the fight against bathroom mold.

Using a squeegee to wipe down shower walls and doors can aid in lessening the humidity in the bathroom as water is then sent down the drain rather than left to evaporate and increase bathroom humidity.  If the bathroom has an exhaust fan, it’s a good idea to use it.  If not, cracking a window if the weather permits that is also helpful.

Mold growing on ceilings and walls can be more problematic.  If the mold has set roots, it may be nearly if not impossible to eliminate it.  In those cases, mold remediation is done by removing the affected sections of plaster or drywall and replacing them.  There is drywall available that is specifically designed for areas of high humidity and it is highly recommended that this product be chosen when replacing walls and in new construction.

If a mold problem is extensive, mold removal will sometimes require a professional mold remediation service to address it.  Don’t hesitate to contact one of these companies for an estimate and some advice.

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