Mildew and Mold Removal Tips for Cleaning Your Bathroom
One of the most common places in your house for the mold and mildew to build up is in your bathroom. Since mold and mildew love dark and damp places with stagnant air, this is not really much of a surprise. In order to do mold removal and be able to get rid of the mildew effectively, you will not only need to treat the symptoms of the problem but also treat the problem as well. When we had a problem with one of our rental properties growing black mold, we realized that fixing the problem was irrelevant, if we did not find out what was causing it. In our case, it was an upstairs condo that was leaking water into our downstairs bathroom on a regular basis. Even though we had paid much to have the problem fixed, they came back right away, and stayed, until we were able to fix the leak from the bathtub upstairs.
How to Treat the Symptoms
The first thing you need to do is to understand that mold is a fungus. And mold, can create mildew. If you are treating severe mold problems, the best thing to do first is to clean it dry. This means that you want to try and scrape off the spores and get rid of them before you start cleaning. ( please be extremely careful with black mold, you should have a mask and a well ventilated room, if you do not feel comfortable, you could also ask a professional to do the cleaning for you. Some types of black mold can be toxic and dangerous to small children and the elderly). The easiest way to treat mold, is to mix a solution of bleach with water, typically, one to 2 cups of bleach to 1 gallon of water, or a 1:8 ratio. You can mix this up in a spray bottle, and then spray the affected area with it. Then you want it to sit for a period of 5 to 10 minutes. This will give us some time to kill and disinfect the area. After about 10 minutes, scrub the area with a brush and make sure to scrub the grout between the tiles until the discoloration is gone. Then rinse it with water and dry it off with a towel. If you do not get all of the discoloration off on your first try, you may also want to try doing it again.
How to Deal with the Cause of the Problem?
When you are trying to deal with the cause of the mold or mildew issue in your bathroom, it is important to remember that mold and mildew like dark, wet places, where the air has poor circulation. Mold and mildew removal is hardly ever necessary in a place where there is a lot
of light, or where it is dry. If you are experiencing most of these problems on a repetitive basis in your bathroom, see if you can leave your bathroom window open, or your fan on after you have finished taking a shower. Also see if there is any way to increase the amount of light in your bathroom. One way to do this is simply by opening up the shower curtain so that the shower tile will get more light. Another way might be to open up the curtains in your bathroom ( after you are done with your shower). Make sure that you do not have a toilet that is always running, or a drip in your shower. If this is the case, you can grow mold and mildew very easily. You may want to replace the handles to your shower so that they can turn off properly. All of these things will help to limit how quickly mold and mildew can grow up in your bathroom. One more thing that you should take into consideration, is that if you clean your bathroom on a regular basis, there can also be less skin cells and soap oils trapped in the tile. This is what mold and mildew feeds on. Cleaning your bathroom tile on a regular basis will prevent mold and mildew from growing on it.