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How to Eliminate Bathroom Mold

How to Eliminate Bathroom Mold

No matter the age of your home and your bathroom, mold is always a lurking threat. Bathroom mold can prove to be more than a pesky and unsightly blemish on your otherwise white bathroom walls, it can harbor several serious nasty side effects – including being a trigger for asthma attacks and other severe respiratory illnesses.

As the perfect warm and moist habitat for mold, it is important for homeowners to take several key steps in an effort to not just keep mold at bay but to also eradicate any existing bathroom mold problems.

Understanding Mold

The old adage “known thy enemy” is applicable when it comes to understanding bathroom mold; if you can understand what the primary causes of bathroom mold are then you will be better prepared to go head to head in battle with mold.

Mold is a type of fungus that is almost always present in the air around us; traveling as microscopic spores, mold is just waiting for a damp area to take root and thrive. Mold will thrive under the following conditions:

  • A warm environment
  • A damp or humid environment
  • Poor air circulation
  • Poor or no natural light

With these four conditions in mind, think about your home’s bathroom – it is the absolute ideal location for mold spores to take hold and start to grow. It is absolutely vital that you take the steps to eradicate current mold problems while also preventing future problems.

Keeping Things Clean

Our bathrooms may be the areas in our home where we go to get clean but they are very often the dirtiest rooms in our homes – especially if we take a less than controlled approach towards cleaning them. By keeping your bathroom clean and tidy, picking up all damp towels, and using a strong cleaner on your shower, bathtub, sink and your toilet, you will be able to swiftly ensure that mold is not permitted to gain a foothold in your bathroom.

In addition to hanging up damp towels be sure to regularly clean your bathroom floor mats as they can also become host to many types of mold. Run them through your washing machine with a heavy-duty laundry detergent and allow them to dry outside in the sun.

Give your bathroom a good scrub-down once a week while doing surface spot-cleaning every day. There are many available products that can be misted over the walls of your shower every day to help prevent a build-up of mold and soap scum! Vinegar makes an excellent bathroom cleaner that can effectively destroy mold on contact; simply fill a spray bottle with full-strength vinegar and mist down your bathroom’s surfaces – including your shower curtain. Vinegar is not just a better budget-friendly natural cleaner but it can also be a lot easier for those who have respiratory difficulties.

The Shower Curtain

Your shower curtain can prove to be an excellent place for mold to grow so be sure to take down your shower curtain every two weeks and run it through your washing machine with a cup of bleach. If bleach is not an option for your type of shower curtain then a cup of household vinegar on a hot clean cycle will do the trick. Many experts recommend soaking your shower curtain in salt water after you have washed it; salt water can help to prevent additional mold growth.

For stubborn mold stains on a curtain, consider using lemon juice on the stain and setting the shower curtain outside to dry in the sun.

Circulate The Air

Be sure to use the ventilation fan in your bathroom when you have a shower or a hot steamy bath; the ventilation fan will not just help to remove excess humidity from your bathroom but it will also help to keep the air circulating which can help dry things out a bit faster. If you have a window in your bathroom consider opening it while you shower, or at the very least right after your shower; fresh circulating air can help to prevent mold spores from settling onto the surfaces of your bathroom. An added bonus to opening the window is that you will be allowing more light into your bathroom – mold does not enjoy a lot of light so also consider leaving your bathroom lights on for ten minutes or so after your shower and be sure to allow natural sunlight to filter into your bathroom during the day.

With few simple steps you will be able to quickly eliminate any existing mold problems in your home while effectively working towards the prevention of future bathroom mold problems!

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