Are you dealing with mold in the bathroom? Good news! You can get rid of black mold in the bathroom or toilet by following these five tips.
Mold thrives in bathrooms and toilets because of the humidity and excess water present. In our usually white showers and bathtubs, black mold is considerably visible and noticeable, and it is not always easy to remove mold. In this article, we will go over five methods on how to remove and prevent mold in bathrooms.
Prevention of mold
The best way to deal with black mold in your home is, of course, to prevent it from appearing. The only way to stop black mold from ever appearing is to keep the bathroom environment as dry as possible. Every time you take a shower or bath, make it a habit to dry every corner of the tub, shower tray, and tiles with a towel or specific cloth.
Tip: It is advisable to ventilate the bathroom well, and installing a fan or using a dehumidifier will help you succeed.
Remove mold with vinegar.
White vinegar is an excellent way to get rid of black mold in the bathroom. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it on the places where mold is visible and let it soak for two hours. After this, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe away the vinegar and use a toothbrush or small brush to work the corners. Rinse with water to clean everything afterward.
Tip: Once done, open all doors and windows to get rid of the unpleasant odor more quickly. After 1 or 2 hours, the smell will largely have disappeared.
Remove mold with a steam cleaner.
However, if the mold in the bathroom is advanced, you will need more than just vinegar. In this case, you can use a steam cleaner or high-pressure cleaner. A steam cleaner from a good brand can make water so hot that the steam produced can kill up to 99% of bacteria. Although it may seem like a bad idea to add more moisture to an area where mold is already growing, steam cleaners or high-pressure cleaners use a minimal amount of moisture, and they thoroughly tackle mold.
Tip: Read our article called ‘Moisture problems at home: causes and solutions‘ to tackle damp spots on the walls.
Replace the grout or sealant.
If the mold has thoroughly penetrated the grout or sealant between the tiles, then you will need to replace it. If the mold has spread too much, unfortunately, you can no longer get rid of it easily. If so, you will need to apply the new grout or sealant. In this case, it is better to choose to use specialized sealants, such as one from the Soudal brand, which specializes in offering sanitary silicone joint sealants for joint work in damp areas aimed at avoiding blackening of the edges of bathtubs, counters, and sinks.
Tip: Read our article called “How to remove silicone sealant and seal joints‘ to learn how to replace the old sealant effortlessly.
Make sure there are no leaks.
Mold in the bathroom doesn’t appear just because it is a humid environment. Leaks can also cause moisture to accumulate and mold to grow. Therefore, inspect the bathroom for water leaks. Check the areas around the bathtub or shower bowl, drain, and toilet. Mold can also come from the outside. Therefore, also check the outside walls to see if there are any signs of leakage.
Tip: The first signs of water leaks in your bathroom are water spots on the bathroom ceiling directly below.