Bathroom mold is an unsightly and unhealthy problem that should be addressed as soon as you spot it. The most common places to find mold are tile grout, caulk and painted or wallpapered walls.
“Bathroom mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces,” says Larry Vetter of Vetter Environmental Services in Smithtown, N.Y. “Typically, a bathtub, shower, or entire bathroom remains damp enough for mold growth just from showering or bathing.”
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you already have a mold problem in your bathroom. In that case, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of that mold.
For tiled walls
A good place to start is chlorine bleach. You can purchase a chlorine bleach cleaner specifically meant for bathroom mold, such as Tilex Mold & Mildew Remover. So long as you don’t have colored grout (which will likely fade if you use bleach), you can spray the cleaner directly onto the moldy grout. Let the cleaner containing bleach sit for at least 30 minutes before scrubbing with a stiff brush and rinsing with warm water.
For a more natural way to get rid of mold in the bathroom, you can use distilled vinegar. “Vinegar is a great, natural cleaning agent and generally won’t cause grout discoloration or deterioration,” say the cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Clean. You’ll want to use a spray bottle to saturate the moldy area with white vinegar. Next, let it sit for 30 minutes, then scrub with a brush. Spray again, let sit for an additional 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
You can even make a cleaning paste by stirring together 1/2 cup baking soda and several teaspoons of water. Spread the paste over the moldy grout, let sit for 10 minutes, then scrub the mold away with a brush. Rinse with water.
For painted or wallpapered walls
For mold on painted walls, try a natural remover. Combine two tablespoons of borax with 1/4 cup white vinegar and two cups of hot water in a bowl. Pour into a spray bottle, then liberally apply on painted walls. Scrub thoroughly and wipe clean, then spray again and let sit for 10 minutes before wiping dry.
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