Mold comes in thousands of different varieties. Mold spores circulate in the air we breathe every day. These spores can proliferate in as little as 24-48 hours after they have settled. Moisture and oxygen are all they require. Mold thrives in bathrooms and showers because they give the ideal environment for it to grow.
Mold is a fungus that may permeate porous objects, unlike mildew, which grows on surfaces. Mold is likely if you find black or green goo in the corners of your tiles and caulking, as well as dark stains along the walls.
Mold can be dangerous to your health, especially if you have an acute disease or a weakened immune system. To minimize these health hazards, we’ll show you how to clear mold in showers. We’ll also provide you with some mold prevention techniques for your bathroom and house.
What Type of Mold Do You Have in Your Bathroom?
Molds are divided into three categories:
Unfortunately, distinguishing between different types of mold can be challenging. It’s possible that black mold in showers is Stachybotrys, the most dangerous “black mold,” but it’s also possible that it’s Alternaria or Aspergillus, two common household molds.
You can have your mold tested to see what kind it is, but the CDC advises treating all molds as potentially dangerous. Any mold should be removed and cleaned as soon as feasible.
Mold-Free Shower in 8 Easy Steps
Use a mold-specific cleanser to completely eliminate black mold in your shower, orange mold in your shower, and mold in shower grout. While bleach is frequently promoted as the best approach to get rid of mold, it does not solve the problem completely. Bleach is effective at removing mold spots and surface mold, but it will not kill fungus that has seeped into the material.
If you don’t want to use a commercial detergent, you can eradicate deep-rooted mold with a 1:1 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water or white vinegar and water.
You'll need the following items:
Follow these steps to do a thorough cleaning:
- Using a detergent or cleaning solution, spray down all of the shower's afflicted surfaces.
- Soak for 20 minutes to an hour.
- To keep the cleanser soaking against mold, use a rolled paper towel or TP in gaps and along the tub rim.
- Using a brush, scrub the area vigorously.
- Wipe with clean water after rinsing.
- Bleach should be used to clean any stained areas.
- Rinse and clean the surface.
- Allow to dry after spraying with white vinegar.
- The last step is a prophylactic measure. White vinegar prevents the growth of mold, lowering the likelihood of mold returning to your shower.
Consult a professional remediator if you have severe mold development or are concerned that you have poisonous mold. Don’t try to handle large mold jobs on your alone.
Moldy walls/cracks should never be painted or caulked over. You won’t be able to prevent the mold from reproducing or becoming a health hazard. Caulk that has become moldy should be replaced with mold-resistant caulk.
Shower Head Mold Removal
Mineral deposits and mold eventually accumulate in shower heads. Here’s a tip for cleaning all those microscopic nozzle holes.
In a plastic bag, make a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water.
Place the bag over your shower head and use rubber bands to close it.
Allow the solution to soak in your shower overnight.
Your shower head will be like new the next morning and, best of all, mold-free.
How to Keep Mold Out of Your Shower and Bathroom
The easiest way to get rid of mold is to keep it from growing in the first place. To keep mold from forming in your shower, follow these guidelines.
- When showering, use an exhaust fan or open a window.
- Humidifiers should be set to 50% or less.
- Mold-killing chemicals should be used in your bathroom on a regular basis.
- Fix any leaks, drips, or other moisture sources.
- Replace air filters on a regular basis.
- Wet towels or laundry should not be left on the floor.
- To prevent mold formation, spray vinegar on the shower walls on a regular basis.
Mold’s capacity to develop is considerably reduced when your home is dry and clean. No unsightly black stains on tile or grout may be avoided with regular bathroom cleaning and upkeep.
Copperfield Plumbing Services can help if you have mold in your bathroom due to leaking pipes, clogged drains, or drippy faucets. Schedule an appointment with a licensed plumber to assess and repair your plumbing problem right now.