Because of the humidity and proximity to water, mold and mildew are relatively common, albeit gross, bathroom problems. It’s off-putting to discover that one of these fungal invaders has moved in, but their residence doesn’t need to become permanent.

Here’s how to get rid of the mold and mildew- for good.

1. First and most importantly, you identify when it’s best to seek professional help. If you experience any of the following, call a professional contractor:

  • If you can smell the mold, but cannot locate it yourself.
  • If there are particularly susceptible individuals in your household, such as anyone who is immunocompromised.
  • If the excess moisture has created structural issues.
  • If the mold is black or green in color.

Mold is not something to take lightly; always err on the side of caution if there is any question of its seriousness.

2. Never choose to paint or caulk over mold or mildew of any kind. This is the equivalent of a duct tape solution, and will not do anything to alleviate the problem.

3. Choose ONE of the following remedies for cleaning. Make sure to create a well-ventilated space, and consider wearing gloves and a mask as an extra precaution.

  • Mix one cup of bleach with a gallon of water. Dip a bristled brush into the liquid and apply it to the area, then scrub. For hard to reach areas, apply the solution with a spray bottle. This works best in bathrooms with non-porous materials, such as tile.
  • Pour undiluted, white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto the affected area. Use a scrub brush to work into the space, and then dry completely when finished. Like the bleach solution, this is also intended for non-porous surfaces.
  • Follow the above procedure using 3% hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach. Spot test first.

Again, make sure to only choose one of the above cleaning agents. It is not safe to mix these chemicals.

4. Work to prevent future problems by using a fan when you shower, opening doors after the bathroom has been used, and wiping away excess moisture in the sink and counters after showering.

Follow this guideline to remove mold and mildew, and to keep the funky fungus from returning. For all of your bathroom cleaning needs and beyond, call The Maids.


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