How to Clean Mold in Your Bathroom

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMold thrives in damp, dark places, which is probably why you’re finding it in your bathroom. High levels of moisture, warm temperatures and a readily available food source (soap scum) turn your bathroom into a Barbie dream house for mold and mildew.

Whether it’s caused by a lack of ventilation or a leak, mold is one of the most common household problems. And while it can pose serious health hazards if it’s allowed to get out of hand, it’s pretty easy to get rid of a small growth and prevent in the future.

The Shower Curtain

Remove the completely dry curtain from its hooks and place it in a washing machine that’s been lined with towels. Add another towel or two to the top, add a normal amount of laundry detergent and a half cup of baking soda. The towels will help scrub the curtain during the wash cycle. Wash the load on a gentle setting using hot water for the wash and rinse cycles. Just be sure that you remove the curtain before the spin cycle and hang it outside to dry.

The Shower Stall

The Natural Way

While the curtain is drying, combine a half cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a cup of water in a spray bottle and soak every surface including the walls and floor. Let it sit for about an hour and then scrub vigorously with a stiff-bristle brush and hot water. Make this solution as you need it; peroxide will generally lose its potency over time.

Using Bleach

While this route is faster, bleach is a pretty harsh substance. So if you choose to use it, make sure you have good ventilation and take precautions (such as rubber gloves and a face mask) to make sure you’re not inhaling or being exposed to the fumes. Never, ever, ever mix bleach with any other household cleaners—it can be fatal.

Instead, mix equal parts water and bleach and soak every surface. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with a stiff-bristled brush and rinse with water.

How to Prevent It From Coming Back

  • Leave the exhaust running during and/or after your shower for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • Open bathroom curtains or use lights more often. Mold can’t grow in a well lit area.
  • Buy a squeegee and wipe the bathroom walls with it after every shower. It only takes a minute and will help eliminate moisture.
  • When your finished showering, shake the curtain to remove excess water. Leave it halfway open to allow excess warmth and moisture to escape the stall without lingering in the folds of the curtain.
  • Hang up your towels to dry. If you don’t have a towel rack, install a couple hooks (even those plastic ones are great). This will be one less dark, damp place mold can grow.
  • Clean regularly. Even a weekly cleaning schedule should be enough to prevent mold growth.

If the problem is larger than 10 sq. ft., you may want to refer the guidelines provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Regular Cleaning Service

If you want to prevent mold from growing in your bathroom but simply don’t have the time to invest in regular cleaning, consider hiring a professional cleaning company.

1st Class Cleaning is a NYC-based service that can clean your bathroom and other areas of your home. Contact us today to learn more about our services and pricing!

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