Combating mold and mildew in your bathroom is a constant challenge. The high humidity, small area and low circulation provide perfect conditions for mold and mildew to grow and thrive. In addition to being unsightly and unsanitary, mold and mildew gives off an unpleasant, sour odor. Here are a few tips for how to rid you bathroom of the fungi.
– Buy a good mold or mildew remover. Most grocery or department stores will carry 2 or 3 brands in their cleaning supply section. If you’re adverse to using chemicals, you can also use white vinegar.
– Spray the mildew remover over the affected area and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Using gloves, scrub off the mildew with a sponge that has an abrasive edge. Use a toothbrush for hard to reach corners and in between tiles. For extra tough areas, you can use a bleach solution (2% bleach, 98% water). Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clean water.
To keep your bathroom mold and mildew free, open the windows after you get out of the steamy shower or bath to increase circulation and to discourage the warm and moist conditions that encourage fungi growth. If you don’t have windows in your bathroom, turn on the exhaust fan.
Clean the showers and tub often to kill the mold spores and stop the build up. You can also spray the tub and shower with plain white vinegar each week and leave to dry. This will not only eliminate odors, but it will stop mold and mildew growth in it’s tracks.