Your best prevention efforts have failed. Now you have mold in your bathroom which can be dangerous, a health hazard, and just plain gross. This is one of those things that needs to be dealt with immediately in order to prevent further damage to the room.
Where Does Mold Hide in Your Bathroom?
Your bathroom’s humid, damp conditions help the mold to grow rapidly and settle down in various nooks and tight corners. The most common places for mold saturation is shower stalls and bathtubs. You can also find mold on tiles, around the sink, toothbrush caddies, faucets, toilet tank and behind the toilet, bathroom walls and ceiling corners, shower curtains, behind laundry baskets and even around your bathroom mat. Many times mold is not immediately visible and can be hidden behind bathroom accessories and furniture.
Why You Should Treat Bathroom Mold as an Emergency
Damp and moisture-heavy bathrooms are a haven for mold growth. According to Health Canada, mold in your bathroom can result in health hazards such as eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing and phlegm build-up, wheezing and shortness of breath, and worsening of asthma symptoms. Depending on how long it has been present and the extent of the growth, mold can also potentially damage your bathroom walls, furniture and bathroom fixtures.
Depending on how extensive the mold saturation is, costs to mitigate the issue can vary. Ideally, you want to treat your mold issue while it is still small and manageable. Getting rid of large areas affected by mold or hidden mold can cost you heavily.
How to Get Rid of Bathroom Mold
Depending on the severity of your mold, you can either attempt a home remedy or call in professionals. If the mold is reachable and small in size, you may be able to remove it using some of these home remedies
Bathroom Fixtures and Walls: To remove mold from items such as faucets, sink, bathtub, toilet tank, a bidet, and/or walls, you can use a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and water. Spray this mixture on the affected area, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then wash it with cold water and wipe it with a dry cloth.
Shower Curtain: Remove the shower curtain from the hooks and hand wash it with a store-bought mold removing spray – make sure you use cleaning gloves and a brush. If necessary, replace both the liner and shower curtain – better to be safe than sorry.
Bathroom Accessories: If bathroom accessories and furniture are removable, consider moving them out of the room and cleaning them with either a mixture of vinegar-baking soda-water or the store-bought mold remover. Make sure you wipe the surfaces dry with a cloth after cleaning them to avoid further moisture saturation.
It’s important to remember that attempting to DIY extensive mold removal will not guarantee the desired results and could even make things worse. Additionally, using harsh store-bought chemicals can be dangerous and further affect your health. If you have serious mold concerns, it is always best to callin the professionals.
If you don’t have proper ventilation in your bathroom or don’t practice proper mold prevention practices, mold can start to grow on a damp surface in as little as 48 hours.
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