Next to a flooded home, the bathroom and shower area consistently provide mold with everything it needs to exist. Bathrooms and showers don’t lack in moisture which is a consistent food source. Body oils, hair and soap scum buildup are common cellulose materials on which mold feeds and survives on. It is unsightly, gross and simply embarrassing (especially with guests inbound)! Worse, it can cause serious health issues if not cornered and conquered as quick and as safely possible.
Remember, it is essential to correct any water leaks or other moisture issues first before beginning any shower mold restoration project.
Removing shower mold can be a beast! You can bring humidity levels down, maintain good housekeeping duties and even keep the pipes and shower drains operating efficiently. At some point; you get a musty whiff of a bad smell coming from the drains or worse. However, with consistent mold prevention practices on a weekly and or monthly basis (dependent upon your humidity levels), you can beat back shower mold and work less at removing mold from your shower.
The Shower Area
Take a good look around (high and low) and see what you are up against before ripping out any ceiling tiles, drywall or baseboards. A strong odor of mold could indicate large areas of mold growth behind walls, under flooring (including carpet and padding) or behind baseboards.
Fanning or disturbing the mold can make it air-born and you’ll have it flooding the air and duct systems, further contaminating the rest of the household. Therefore, it may be necessary to seal off the work area with plastic sheeting and close and seal your HVAC (ventilation system) as well.
If your mold removal project appears to be larger than what your experience level or comfort level is, then professional services may need to be consulted before proceeding (depending upon your experience, of course)!
Mold Removal Solution:
- Dampen mold stained areas with borax or a baking soda/water solution.
- A quart-sized spray bottle works great for this small job. This will minimize the number of mold spores from being released into your airspace and spreading throughout your home.
- Spray away and allow your mold killing mixture to sit for five to ten minutes.
- Use an old brush (smaller the better) to scrub away at the area
- After scouring the mold, wipe any excess away and discard. Rinse and Repeat.
Any type of mold can be a potential hazard and should be treated and respected as such until properly identified. When attempting to remove mold from anywhere within your home, wear the appropriate protective clothing, gloves, and masks needed for the job at hand.
Some molds are black or white and feature different shades of gray everywhere between. Others may exhibit shades of red, pinks, blues and or greens.
One thing that all of these molds have in common is the requirement for a warm (dark) and moist environment in which to survive and thrive in. And remember, mold and mildew fungus is not always easy to properly identify.
Some extra mold prevention tips:
- Reducing humidity levels in the bathroom to 30-50% will greatly prevent mold growth in your shower, tub, and sink (often enough, this will require using a small humidifier).
- Open any adjacent windows (if applicable) during and after showering. This will help minimize humidity and prevent mold from taking root in tile grout, caulk, and drains.