How to Fight and Prevent Bathroom Mold and Mildew

Getting rid of bathroom mold and mildew can be difficult since mold adheres so well to the grout and wall paint. However, with the right tools and a lot of presistence, you can eliminate bathroom mold and keep the mildew from building up again. Even if your mold problem has lasted for several months and the black streaks are widespread, you can restore the sparkle in your tiles.

You will need rubber gloves, face mask, protective eyewear, bleach, sponges, and scouring pads. Be sure to buy plenty of paper towels too.

Frist, attack the mold with a mildly abrasive scouring pad and bleach. Bathroom mold is resistant to soap, and only bleach will effectively get rid of entrenched mold growth. Be sure to wear a nose and mouth mask, plus something to protect your eyes while you scrub, especially if you are trying to scrub off mold from the ceiling. Also keep the window open and the exhaust fan running. This will keep you from contracting mold sickness.

After you have scrubbed off the bathroom mold from the walls and tile grout, use a sponge to rinse the surfaces with water, and dry the walls with paper towels.

To prevent future buildup, always spray the shower walls and ceiling with a mold growth inhibitor after the last shower of the day. You can use a commercially available product, or make your own spray. To make your own spray, dilute a tsp of bleach in a quart of water.

Another tip to prevent mold build up: Keep the window open or the exhaust fan running while you bathe. Since mold thrives in a moist environment, try to let out as much steam as possible from the bathroom.

Place soaps, shampoos, and conditioners in places where soap residue will not drip onto the shower walls and get on the grout. Rinse the outside of the bottles thoroughly if you must store them in the shower. Soap scum feeds mold.

Keep fewer toiletries stored in the shower area, and always remove empty bottles. This will give mold colonies fewer places to take up residence.

Make a cleaning schedule to thoroughly clean the bathroom at least once a month. If you live with a partner, divide up the chores so that bathroom cleaning is more manageable.

© Had2Know 2010

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