Dealing with Mold & Mildew in the Bathroom

Mold and mildew are some of the most common maintenance challenges our clients face in their bathrooms. Moisture loving spores grow in caulking, grout lines, shower curtains and on the surface of the tub or shower basin. Here are some helpful tips for getting rid of that pesky fungus.

– Pour equal parts chlorine bleach and warm water into a spray bottle and spray the affected area. Allow the mixture to sit for a bit then scrub away with a scrub brush. If you want a more environmentally friendly method try oxygenated bleach but you may have to allow it to sit for a longer period of time. Once you are done rinse the area thoroughly with warm water.

– Using vinegar and a scrub brush can also be an effective way of removing mildew . This method can also help with hard water deposits that may form.

– For stubborn stains soak some paper towels in either the bleach or vinegar solution and lay them on the affected areas for 5 – 10 minutes. Remove the paper towels and scrub the area with hot water.

– Some other effective solutions include 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts warm water or mixing baking soda with liquid castile soap.

– Avoid using any industrial strength cleaners on residential showers and tubs as they may lead to the breakdown of silicone and grout.

The most important tactic in dealing with mold and mildew is prevention. Mold and Mildew love warm, wet and dark places, making the bathroom an idea spot. Here are some helpful tips for preventing mold and mildew from growing in your bathroom.

– Upgrade your fan and/or make sure that it is working properly. It is also important to make sure that the fan you have is adequate for the size of your bathroom.

– Put your fan on a timer so that it continues to pull moisture out of the air after you are gone. Always have the fan on while you are using the shower/bathtub.

– Opening your window especially when having a shower/bath helps against the build up of moisture and humidity in the bathroom.

– When you are done your shower, leave the shower door/curtain open slightly so that the moisture can more readily escape especially with floor to ceiling enclosures.

– Leaving a light on for a short period of time after your shower/bath can also help as mildew likes dark areas.

– Wash down the walls after the shower so soap and shampoo don’t remain on the tile and grout.

Cleaning your shower/tub regularly is the best way to prevent the build up of mold and mildew.