The mold in your shower grout is unsightly and can be tough to clean without the right product. To remove mold from your bathroom, you’ll need just a couple of tools – a non-toxic cleaner and scrub brush (a toothbrush can also work). Because we’re nearly certain the last thing you want to do in your spare time is clean shower mold, we’ll review how to get rid of it and keep mold from returning – even in high-humidity areas like your bathroom.
How Do I Clean Shower Grout?
Once you have your concentrated cleaner and bristled brush to clean shower mold, the first step is to remove all of your personal hygiene items from the space – toothbrush, shampoo, shower sponge. Once the shower and sink areas are cleared:
- Spray your non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner on the surfaces with mold
- Let the cleaner sit for several minutes
- Scrub the areas with your brush and add more cleaner as needed
- Rinse the solution away with warm water and use dry towel to remove remaining water
In between scrubbings, you can keep grout clean by spraying the biodegradable cleaner on the grout after showering. Spray a couple of times each week to keep the surfaces clean.
What Causes Shower Mold?
Poor ventilation can trap moisture in your bathroom, especially when you close the bathroom door while showering. The moisture then lingers on the shower walls, flooring, and bathroom fixtures, eventually forming mold and mildew. A window fan or overhead exhaust fan can help remove the steam and moisture from the bathroom while you shower.
Dampness is another culprit of the formation of bathroom mold. Even when your bathroom is properly ventilated, water that remains in the shower and sink after use, or even a subtle leak that you don’t notice, can create mold. Use a biodegradable concentrated cleaner once a week in your shower, sink, and toilet. capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms.) It also helps to add absorbent floor mats in your bathroom to catch water emerging from the shower.
A hygrometer is helpful in monitoring moisture. You’ll help prevent mold and mildew from forming by keeping the humidity level below 55 percent. The summer months are typically the most problematic, so running the air conditioning or a dehumidifier can help.
Aged or deteriorating grout is the perfect place for mold and mildew to form. Replace or restore the grout in your bathroom once or twice a year to prevent mold from forming in the cracks.
Is The Mold In My Shower Dangerous?
There are thousands of different strains of mold. The types that take residence in your shower are typically Chaetomium and Mucor. While nontoxic, these molds still have the ability to make your family sick. If shower mold goes untreated, your family is at risk for health challenges like rashes, dizziness, headaches, and allergic reactions. Cleaning the mold from grout isn’t hard when you’re prepared, and the best benefit is keeping your family safe.
Once you’ve removed the shower mold and restored your grout, an additional step you can take to help prevent the mold from returning is use mold resistant paint in the bathroom. These paints are readily available in most hardware stores and offer an extra layer of protection for your space.