Your bathroom can be a battleground against mold. Black mold thrives in bathrooms because of their moisture, lack of ventilation, and lack of light. But you don’t have to be beaten by black mold. With a thorough cleaning and continuous up-keep, your bathroom can stay mold-free. Here are some helpful hints:
Clean your shower and tub area thoroughly with Tilex or some tile-cleaning product that contains bleach using a stiff bristled brush. If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals like bleach, consider using lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil, or grapefruit seed extract to clean away the mold.
If you have scrubbed and cleaned repeatedly and it still doesn’t do the trick, you may need to replace the caulk in your shower or tub. Use a box-cutter to score the moldy caulk and then pull it out with your fingers or pry it out with a screwdriver. Prepare the area for caulking by putting tape on either side of the space that will be caulked. Leave about 1/4 inch space. Make sure to use silicone caulk meant for showers and bathrooms. Apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
In order to fight against the growth of new mold, ventilate, ventilate, ventilate! Once your shower if free of black mold, it is important to keep it that way. One of the best ways to do this is to keep your bathroom ventilated. Run the fan during and after your shower. Keep the bathroom window open. Use a dehumidifier and an air purifier. Clean your tub and shower often to prevent the growth of new mold.
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