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How to Eliminate and Prevent Bathroom Mold and Mildew

Rockford Plumber

Do you have unsightly mold or mildew in your bathroom? This seems to be a problem for most homeowners. Not only does mold and mildew make your home seem less cleanly, but it’s also an eyesore. At Grand Valley Plumbing, our plumbing contractors understand that you want your home to look its best. To help you out, here are a few tips for getting rid of bathroom mold and mildew permanently.

Use Baking Soda with Bleach

Baking soda with bleach is a simple and safe way to remove the mold and mildew in your bathroom. We recommend combining 1 part bleach with 2 parts baking soda before pouring it into a spray bottle. Spray down the areas affected by mold and mildew with the baking soda cleaner and leave them to dry. Once dry, you can spray again and scrub with a brush. Rinse with water and repeat this process until the bathroom tile and grout are clear of mold and mildew.

Squeegee Your Glass Door and Tiled Walls after Showers or Baths

A squeegee may not seem like an investment, but it can be for keeping the mold and mildew away from your bathroom tiles and caulk. Mold and mildew love moisture, which is why it’s important to scrape off the water droplets that form on your walls after a bath or shower. You might be surprised by how much squeegeeing can help combat the gray growth in your bathroom. Simply taking 20 seconds after each shower to squeegee down the tiled walls can save you time later you would have spent on cleaning.

Spread Your Towels Out to Dry

Don’t leave your towels wadded up on the floor. This can further contribute to the warm, moist environment of your shower, perfect for mold and mildew to grow.Spreading out your towels to dry in another location, such as draped over a laundry room basket, can help ward against mold and mildew. While this may seem like a small change in habit, it can have great results if you are finding a lot of mildew around the base of your glass shower door.

Reduce Humidity with an Exhaust Fan

If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, an exhaust fan can wick away the moisture in the air. Even if you squeegee down the tiled walls, there is still a lot of moisture left in the air. Humidity can be great for helping mold and mildew flourish, but not so great for your bathroom’s aesthetic and overall cleanliness. While an exhaust fan is a more expensive option than some of our other suggestions, if you have a serious mold problem in your bathroom, it may be worth at least considering the possibility. Exhaust fans increase the ventilation in your bathroom so that it feels less steamy after taking a bath or shower.

Redo the Caulking

As a last resort, you can choose to redo the caulking in the problem spots of your shower or tub. Homeowners often decide to replace the old caulking if it’s not responding to other methods. If you feel that the mold or mildew problem is severe, sometimes it’s best to just start with fresh caulk. After the caulking is complete, make sure to follow our above tips so that your bathroom won’t be besieged by moisture-loving mildew.

If you are interested in any of our plumbing services, please feel free to call our Rockford plumbers at (616) 901-1149. At Grand Valley Plumbing, we have been dedicated to our clients throughout the West Michigan area for over ten years.