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Preventing Bathroom Mold

A bathroom is one of the places that we spend our time everyday. For this reason, your bathroom should always been in the right condition. A clean bathroom promotes a healthier life and vice versa. Mold loves to grow and live in damp and humid conditions. It shouldn’t therefore come as a surprise that this fungi is fond of bathrooms. Most of the time, bathrooms usually have low air circulation, high humidity and areas tend to stay damp. All of these conditions provide a perfect environment for mold growth.

What are the common Types of Bathroom Mold?

Alternaria

This is a type of mold commonly found behind leaky toilets, under sinks with leaky pipes and in showers. Many people are allergic to this mold and it even causes asthma attacks.

Botryis

This type of mold is found in bathrooms with poor ventilation and can cause different diseases such as allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

Cladosporium

It can be found on bathroom carpets and wooden surfaces like bathroom dump cabinets. This mold can cause difficulty in breathing and respiratory disorders.

Black Mold

This type of mold is also referred to as toxic mold or stachybotrys chartarum and can be found in poorly ventilated bathrooms. It can cause respiratory problems such as bleeding in the lungs and pneumonia.

Trichoderma

This is mold that is found on wallpapers or a dump carpet in the bathroom. It is causes negative health effects to the body.

What are the Bathroom Mold Symptoms and Warning Signs?

  • Do you smell a musty smell in your bathroom? When mold starts to grow in your bathroom, they fill the air with an unpleasant staleness. Literally, mold decomposes your bathroom surfaces. However, not all mold can be detected via smell and it’s not recommended to sniff mold because it can trigger serious health problems.

  • If your bathroom has an earthy smell, it’s probably coming from rotting wood and chances are high the bathroom has mold.

  • Do you see ants in the bathroom? If you happen to notice small ants in your bathroom, then you have hidden mold beneath your tiles or floor. Moist Ants love to stay in moist environment that supports mold growth.

  • Can you see any muddy appearance? Look out for warning signs like tiles with muddy appearance. Muddy looking tiles may actually be black mold which is commonly found on bathroom walls and floors.

Tips for removing mold from the bathroom:

  • In case your mold infestation is only on the floors and bathroom fixtures, the removal process will not be complicated. When it comes to bathroom tiles and wood floor, mold can be removed by spraying the areas with undiluted white vinegar.

  • Bathrooms and toilets are a perfect location for mold growing surfaces. Mold tends to feed on soap build up and body washes. Bathtubs should also be properly cleaned immediately after use and dried thoroughly. Spraying the tub and shower with vinegar and letting it air dry before using again is recommended. Unlike other moisture, white vinegar dries rapidly and does not have to be dried off materials such as bathroom surfaces.

  • Mold is also commonly found on shower curtains and liners. It is recommended to thoroughly clean shower curtains and dry them in the sun.

  • Bathroom carpeting, ceiling tiles and throw rugs can also be infected with mold and should be taken down and disposed in a secure plastic bag. You need to wear a mask when disposing mold-infected items in order to avoid allergies.

How to Prevent Mold in Your Bathroom

  • You need to create an environment that doesn’t support mold growth in your bathroom. You can start by letting some light in your bathroom by opening the window and the curtains.

  • Always open your bathroom window to allow fresh air. However, if you live in a humid climate, you may need to turn on the air conditioning and fans.

  • Try to control the humidity in your house to prevent bathroom mold.

  • Make sure your bathroom has proper ventilation. When you take a shower, steam accumulates on the surfaces. This is why you should use a fan to draw excess steam out of the bathroom. If steam doesn’t escape from your bathroom, it condenses and creates the perfect environment for mold spores to grow.

  • Every time you are done showering, use a squeegee to wipe excess water off your shower walls.

  • Use a dry towel to remove excess moisture on the floor, ceiling, doors and walls.

  • Try as much as possible to store fewer products such as shaving gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles, bath salts and body wash in your bathroom because mold love to grow on and feed on them.

  • Clean your bathroom regularly to prevent mold growth.

  • Use mildew resistant shower curtains and replace as needed.

  • Keep your towel off mold by adding vinegar when washing to freshen them. Avoid throwing wet towels on the floor and always hang towels up to dry.

  • Avoid using abrasive products to clean your bathroom because they wear the surface more quickly thus exposing your bathroom to mold growth. 

How to Get Rid Of Mold

After you have identified mold in your bathroom, the next step should be removing it. If the affected area is less than 10 square feet, you will be able to address the problem quicker. However, if the mold is in a larger space or it has caused extensive mold damage, you need to contact a mold removal professional that follows the set guidelines of mold removal.

Things to remember about bathroom mold

Never attempt to paint over moldy surfaces. Painting does not kill mold and the mold will cause the new layer of paint to peel. If mold has been removed from the bathroom, add a source of ventilation to the bathroom in order to avoid future mold growth.

Mold that has died can still cause allergic reactions to people who are susceptible to mold. The mold must also be removed after it has been killed. If bathroom mold is found in the walls and ceilings and the area of the mold infection is more than 10 square feet, professional mold remediation will be necessary in almost all cases for best results.

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