How to prevent and remove mold in bathrooms can be tricky. Mold grows through and on things like wood and concrete. In the bathroom, it can grow on the walls, on your carpet, and even on your bathroom tiles.
In this blog article, we’re going to take a look at how to prevent mold in bathrooms, as well as give you advice on how to remove mold from your bathroom when you do find it.
And you will find it.
Mold just likes bathrooms.
That’s why we’ll also give you some tips on how to stop mold from growing in your bathroom, should you find yourself with a bathroom full of mold.
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1) How to prevent and remove mold in bathrooms?
If you are thinking how to prevent mold from happening in the first place, then it’s time to step away from the shower curtain and look at the real issue here:
It’s not the mold — it’s your bathroom.
What do we mean by that?
Well, bathrooms are made up of porous materials. These include wood, concrete, stucco, ceramic, tile and grout, and vinyl. All of these materials allow air and water to pass through them. And if you have moisture available coupled with a food source, then mold is going to start growing no matter what you do.
But don’t let this make you feel bad. It happens to the best of us. We’ve all had mold at some point or another in our house. It’s just that some people are better at removing it than others.
Mold spores are everywhere — you just need high humidity and a food source for them to take root and start growing. So in order to get rid of mold in your bathroom, what you need to do is to remove its food source (the moisture) and stop air flow (through a window or door). This will help stop any new spores from landing on your surfaces, which is how the cycle starts in the first place.
To get rid of mold from your bathroom walls, the first thing that you will want to do is dry out the area completely by opening windows or doors and getting fans running in your bathroom. You may even consider installing a whole-house ventilation system to help you dry out your bathroom faster. A whole-house ventilation system also helps keep dust and other allergens out of your home (another big reason why you should install one). To dry out specific areas, you can use towels or rags soaked in vinegar or bleach (but don’t leave anything besides towels or rags soaked in bleach near your eyes since they can cause serious damage).
2) Why does my bathroom keep getting mold?
Well, one possibility is that the moisture problem has come back after being fixed — so now you’re dealing with both an old problem and a new one at once. However, if that’s not the case and it just seems like your bathroom is constantly getting mold growths, then there’s probably something else going on…
It’s probably something else going on…
The problem could be that there are leaks coming from either your bathroom pipes or your shower stall. As water gets trapped on surfaces like grout between tiles or walls, mold starts to grow (which means more air flow for more spores). If this is the case for you then a simple solution may be to add vapor barriers around these surfaces which will help reduce the amount of moisture that gets trapped there. This will help stop any new spores from landing on your surfaces while also helping get rid of any old ones that have already landed and started growing upon your surfaces. We suggest doing this whenever renovating or remodeling your bathroom (perhaps adding a vapor barrier behind new tiles as part of that renovation). A word of caution though — if there is a pipe leak or shower leak causing a moisture problem then it may actually be causing structural problems as well so call a professional plumber if you notice any issues with leaks in your home plumbing system or shower stall.
3) How do I stop mold from growing in my bathroom?
If mold is growing somewhere in your home then reading our article on how to get rid of mold may help ̶ but there are ways that will make it easier to remove your mold from certain items that are particularly difficult to clean like:
CarpetsPainted WallsCarpet FibersCarpet StainsVinyl Flooring
The consistency of each surface will determine whether or not cleaning methods such as dish soap or vinegar will work well enough on each surface. For example, cotton rags will do a much better job of cleaning hard floors than sponges will (and sponges will get the job done faster than rags). If the situation is bad enough we would even recommend calling professional cleaners instead of trying to handle it yourself — after all, even with our best advice, there’s always more we can learn about how best to handle every type of surface imaginable! That’s why we always recommend bringing them into our team when working with professional remediation companies such as FirstCall® Restoration & Cleaning Services — so we can learn from each other and provide better customer service for our customers!
4) How do I prevent mold in my bathroom without windows?
If you have a windowless bathroom then it’s important that you use fans when bathing or showering (or even if someone else is bathing or showering while you’re still inside). Fans dehumidify any moist air which helps keep things dry in your bathroom while also helping their own air circulate throughout your house. It also helps keep some air circulating through your bathroom even when no one is using it which means less chances for spores getting caught inside! Plus they also help ventilate any musty smells out which means no stranger knows what was lurking in your bathroom!
To help prevent mold during longer-term periods without using fans, you should try using tea tree oil soap (usually available from health food stores) whenever washing up or taking a shower — this really does help kill off any spores lingering around! Plus the smell of tea tree oil doesn’t linger for too long (so it won’t cause anyone else in your home to go around smelling like tea tree oil too!). While soap with tea tree oil won’t kill any bacteria or viruses on its own, it does help eliminate around 80% of fungal spores present on many surfaces like towels which is enough to keep them from spreading throughout your home next time someone takes a shower!
Can I use bleach in my bathroom? Yes, but it weakens with time — so make sure that whatever bleach solution you use is completely fresh before starting out with cleaning anything (towels, walls…etc.) Also remember that bleach can damage most types of wood so unless otherwise directed by specific instructions on paper towels or other cleaning materials-don’t use these around bleach solutions!
What about other “mold removers”? While each type of surface may require different cleaning products (for example-Vinegar works well for water stains), multiple studies have shown that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) works equally as well against most types of molds including Stachybotrys chartarum (or black mold). You can purchase H2O2 at most grocery stores but make sure that whatever solution you’re working with is completely fresh since stale hydrogen peroxide may already have been contaminated by their previous contents (particularly if they had been stored next wine bottles or other substances containing alcohol).
That’s all we have time for today but make sure to check back soon when we’ll be taking a look into why people fear molds so much!