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Bathroom Mold Detection and Removal

Finding bathroom mold is very common among most households.  Mold spores are always present in the air, making mold impossible to get rid of entirely.  However once you recognize that you have a mold problem in your bathroom, good habits of cleaning and removing moisture will remove the problem and help to prevent future occurrences of mold growth.

Recognizing Bathroom Mold

A common form of bathroom mold is called black mold.  The name comes from its black appearance.  Mold can actually be any number of colors depending on the species of the mold, and the surface that it is growing on. Other common colors of mold are green, greenish black, and even orange and white are known.  Mold can grow in colonies and often has a circular appearance.

Many colonies may overlap in a large affected area.  In your bathroom it will be easiest to spot mold in the damp corners and grooves of shower, tub, sink and toilet areas.  Once you recognize that mold is present, you’ll want to take immediate action to remove the problem.

Removing Bathroom Mold

Bathroom mold removal is fairly easy.  For an environmentally friendly solution, simply mix distilled vinegar with baking soda to form a paste.  The distilled vinegar provides the anti-fungal properties needed to kill the mold while the baking soda will provide soft abrasive properties for cleaning without scratching your bathroom surfaces.

Apply the vinegar and soda paste, then let is set for three to five minutes.  Firmly wipe the area clean.  Use a soft scrub brush for grout and other textured areas.  You will be left with a mold free and sanitized area. Finally, rinse the area with a clean cloth and hot water.

Many anti-fungal products are readily available at your local store and can be quickly sprayed into and around infected areas.  Apply these chemicals while wearing protective gloves.  You’ll see the bathroom mold react instantly to these chemicals and will find that anti-fungal chemicals are a great aid to making bathroom mold removal easy.

Again pay close attention to shower areas, corners, grooves and surfaces that may contain or hold moisture.  Mold has roots, so if you have drywall or wood in your bathroom letting your anti-fungal solution soak into the wood or drywall will help to kill the roots.  You can also soak these areas with bleach or ammonia solutions.

Preventing Future Bathroom Mold Growth

While mold spores are forever present, mold simply cannot grow without the presence of moisture and humidity.  This means that keeping your bathroom clean and dry is key to preventing future mold growth.  Use an absorbent bath mat outside the shower.  Clean and change it regularly to catch moisture and prevent spores from growing into mold colonies.   Mold can also grow on old soaps, toiletries and decorative items left in the bathroom over long periods.

When these items get wet, they can also catch mold spores and provide additional places for mold and bacteria to thrive.  Clean or replace these items regularly.  Most bathrooms are not properly ventilated making it difficult for moisture to leave the room quickly.

Keep your bathroom door open after use.  Use your windows and overhead after showers if possible.  This will allow the bathroom to dry more quickly and reduce the possibility of mold growth.

Recognizing and removing bathroom mold is important for everyone.  First you have to recognize mold, then take action to remove it.  A regular cleaning routine along with efforts to keep your bathroom dry will not only remove existing bathroom mold problems, but it will also prevent mold from growing in your bathroom in the future.


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