By: Patricia Hughes
Bathrooms are among the most common places for mold growth in homes. High moisture levels in the bathroom create the perfect environment for mold growth and make mold more difficult to eradicate. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent mold growth and get rid of mold in the bathroom.
Preventing Mold Growth
Stopping mold growth begins with reducing moisture. A bathroom fan is an essential in bathrooms, so install one if it doesn’t already have a fan. Run your fan during showers or baths and for at least 30 minutes after to help reduce moisture in the bathroom. Make sure the fan is large enough for the size of your bathroom. If not, consider upgrading to a larger fan to help eliminate excess moisture and prevent mold growth.
Bathtubs and showers are particularly susceptible to mold growth, so take some steps to protect these areas. You can dry the shower walls with a towel or squeegee after every shower to keep it dry. The grout lines in the shower are a common place for mold growth. You can seal the grout to make it waterproof. This will need to be done once a year to keep mold away from the grout lines.
Wet towels, rugs, and bathmats are vulnerable to mold growth also. It is important to keep these items clean and dry to discourage mold growth. Wash bathroom rugs and towels regularly to prevent mold. Rugs should be washed and dried at least once a week to keep mold away.
Cleaning Tips for Mold
For mold that is already present in the bathroom, following a few cleaning steps can help get rid of it. In the shower, you can use a cleaner that is designed to combat mold such as our DuPont StoneTech Mold and Mildew Stain Remover. When you do not have this on hand, a solution made with 10% bleach and 90% water can help. Spray it on, scrub with a brush, and let sit for several minutes before rinsing. Frequent cleaning will eliminate mold and stop it from returning.
When cleaning the bathroom, it is important to make sure that you are using the right cleaner for the surface. Some cleaners, especially those formulated for killing mold, are quite strong. The ingredients in these cleaners can cause etching on your natural stone bathtub surround, shower surround, and vanity top.
When cleaning natural stone, it is important to use a cleaner that is safe and effective for cleaning the stone. For the bathroom vanity top, shower surround, or bathtub surround, use a cleaner that is formulated for natural stone, such as AGM Daily Countertop Cleaner to clean the stone without causing damage. AGM Daily Countertop Cleaner is designed for use on many types of natural stone, such as travertine, granite, and marble.
Mr. Stone's DuPont StoneTech Mold & Mildew Stain Remover is safe for many natural stone surfaces, including travertine, granite, and marble, as well as ceramic, glass, and porcelain. Mr. Stone's DuPont StoneTech Mold & Mildew Stain Remover helps get rid of the mold without degrading stone, grout, or fading stone colors.
Battling mold in the bathroom can be frustrating. Follow these tips to prevent new mold growth and eliminate the mold that is already present in your bathroom.