Because of regular water exposure, bathrooms become highly susceptible to mold and mildew growth over time. Mold in the bathroom does not only make your bathroom look off-putting, but it can also cause severe allergic reactions and respiratory complications. So, knowing how to clean bathroom mold can be a pretty useful trick in a homeowner’s toolbox.
You can clean bathroom mold applying homemade and commercial cleaning agents. Some widely used cleaning agents are vinegar, baking soda paste, anti-mold spray, etc. In most cases, you will not require any professional help.
In the following sections, we will talk in details about how to clean mold from different parts of your bathroom. Shower caulking, grout, tiles, ceiling, black mold, toilet, and even shower curtain-we will cover it all.
- Baking soda
- Cleaning brush
- Mold killing spray
- Spray bottle
- Power scrubber
How To Clean Bathroom Mold From Shower Caulking?
Step 1. Get The Cleaning Mix Ready
Fill a bowl halfway with baking soda. After that, add some vinegar. Keep on adding vinegar until you have a creamy texture. Submerge the brush head into the mixture and spread it across the mold-ridden shower caulking.
Step 2. Insulate The Area
Cover the area with tape following the application of the mixture. You can also cover the area with plastic wrap. The mixture’s effectiveness will be harmed if it is exposed to dampness. As a result, you must conceal it to get the intended results. Do not remove the tape for two hours minimum.
Step 3. Take The Tape Off
Once you are convinced that the solution has dried off, remove the tape. If you notice any leftover paste, clean it with a washcloth.
Step 4. Apply Anti Mold Spray
Apply some anti-mold spray on the area and let it dry off. There is no need to cover the sprayed area because it needs air exposure to have a speedier effect. MOLD ARMOR FG502 Mold and Mildew Killer + Quick Stain Remover is our choice of anti-mold spray. It will not only remove the mold but also come in handy, eliminating odor and stains.
How To Clean Bathroom Mold From Shower Grout?
Step 1. Apply Vinegar
Take a spray bottle like the Rayson Empty Spray Bottle and pour some vinegar into it. Then, squirt it all across the moldy grout. Avoid diluting the vinegar by adding water to it. For a thorough clean, you need the uncompromised cleaning ability of raw vinegar. After spraying the vinegar, wait 10 minutes to move on to your next course of action.
Step 2. Scrub The Grout
Cleaning grouts and tiles are not the easiest tasks to tick off on your checklist while cleaning the bathroom. You will need a specialized tool to cover all the spots. A power scrubber, such as the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber, is a good choice.
The device has a vibrating tip that grants it access to hard-to-reach areas. Scrub the grout for four to five minutes with the scrubber. It will almost shrink mold coverage to zero.
Step 3. Make A Baking Soda Paste
In a bowl, take about 100/150 grams of baking soda. Then, add about 50/60 milliliters of water. In tablespoon terms, that would be three to four. As the end product, you will have a baking soda blend capable of cleansing your bathroom while also removing odors and stains. It is budget-friendly and does not pose any health risks.
Step 4. Roll Out The Paste
Grab the scrubber and plunge its business end into the paste. Give it a good whirl to make sure the scrubber captures enough paste to roll out. Then, scrub the shower grout a couple of times. As you keep on scrubbing, the mold will come off. The grout should be mold-free within five minutes.
Step 5. Apply Anti-Mold Spray
Clear out the solution with a flush of water. Wipe the area with a damp cloth to confirm you have removed it completely. Wait for some time so as the grout gets dry. After that, spray some anti-mold spray there. Leave it for five to ten minutes.
How To Clean Mold From Tiles?
Step 1. Apply Vinegar
Start with spraying vinegar on the mold-covered tiles. We would like to remind you not to dilute the vinegar. You will need the full force of vinegar when dealing with mold. Diluting numbs its effect. After spraying vinegar, switch on the bathroom exhaust fan and wait for an hour.
Step 2. Rinse With Hot Water
Rinse the tiles with hot water. In less than ten minutes, you should be looking at a seemingly brand new set of tiles.
Step 3. Apply Anti-Mold Spray
To finish up, spray a coat of anti-mold spray on the tiles you have washed. This will virtually rule out the possibility of mold reoccurrence.
How To Get Rid Of Mold In Shower Curtain?
Remove the shower curtain and look for areas where mold has appeared. Scrub the black mold patches with a gentle brush and a few tablespoons of vinegar.
This will sap the strength of the mold. To inflict a lethal blow, put the curtain into a washing machine. Use color-friendly detergent like Borateem. Harsher detergents might damage the curtain.
NOTE: Do not machine wash vinyl shower curtains. Instead, spray vinegar on the mold and rinse it with water afterward. After it dries off, spray some anti-mold spray. Wait for an hour before re-attaching the curtain.
How To Clean Mold From Bathroom Ceiling?
Step 1. Fix A Cleaning Solution
Mix one-fourth cup of vinegar with 500 milliliters of scorching hot water. Follow up with two tablespoons of borax. Congratulations, you have successfully made a mold-killing cleaning solution!
Step 2. Spread The Mix
Grab a stepladder. The Rubbermaid RMA-3, which we mentioned in our bathroom ceiling fan article, is worthy of a shoutout if you need a new one. Soak the head of a cleaning brush with the compound and roll the brush over the mold.
Step 3. Scrub The Mold Off
Using a sponge brush, scrub the entire region. Dip the scrub in water and scrub the mold-covered parts of the ceiling. Within a matter of minutes, the mold should go away.
Step 4. Use Anti-Mold Spray
The ceiling will take about an hour to dry off after scrubbing. So, wait for that time and allow the moisture to disappear. Then, use an anti-mold spray to prevent future mold development.
Step 5. Reapply The Paint
Mold can leave lasting stains, and attempting to remove it might do further damage to the color. So, when you have removed the mold, you should repaint the ceiling. Use priming to extend the lifespan of the final paint.
How To Clean Bathroom Mold From Bathtub?
Step 1. Dry Out The Tub
You must first ensure that the bathroom tub is totally dry before attempting to remove mold from it. The extra moisture will obstruct the cleaning process, resulting in less-than-satisfactory results. Wipe the whole tub with a rag cloth or a paper towel.
Step 2. Spray Vinegar
Administer vinegar to any areas where black mold is visible. Bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, or borax can be used instead of vinegar. But, vinegar is a better choice because it is safer, cheaper, and easily available in our homes.
Step 3. Scrub The Mold Off The Tub
Thoroughly scrub the patches with black mold using a sponge scrub as you continue spraying vinegar. The mold will begin to disappear.
Step 4. Wash The Vinegar Away With Hot Water
After the mold stains vanish, put the finishing touches on the cleaning by rinsing the tub with hot water a few times.
How To Clean Mold From Toilet?
Step 1. Use Vinegar
Locate the places in your toilet bowl where black mold has taken hold. Then squirt them with vinegar. It will not take more than a few minutes for the vinegar to dry off.
Step 2. Scrub Off The Stains
Take a soft scrubber and start scrubbing off the stains with it. Continue scrubbing until the mold marks become invisible. If the stains appear resilient, sprinkle more vinegar on them to weaken them.
Step 3. Pull The Flush Lever
Pull the flush lever on your toilet and wash away the vinegar with the flush.
Step 4. Add Bleach To Toilet Tank Water
Take the toilet tank top off and drop 4/5 ounces of bleach inside. Depending on your tank size, you might have to use larger quantities of bleach. As a general guideline, one cup of bleach is ideal for each gallon of tank water. Wait about thirty minutes for the bleach to come into effect.
Step 5. Scrub The Inner Portion Of Toilet Tank
Scrub inside the toilet tank carefully. Try not to interfere with any internal parts.
Step 6. Flush The Toilet Again
Empty the toilet tank by flushing it repeatedly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Do To Prevent Mold Build Up In The Bathroom?
As pointed out in this homeadvisor.com article, humidity control is the key to keeping mold build-up in check. Do not keep wet towels lying around in the bathroom, and refrain from keeping the shower curtains drawn out after taking a shower.
You have to make arrangements for driving out the extra humidity. Turn on the exhaust fan after every shower and keep it in action for 30 minutes. Using a bathroom dehumidifier will drastically reduce the risks of bathroom mold infestation.
Do not underestimate the threat of mold and mildew growth in your bathroom. Now that you know how to clean bathroom mold, you will be able to deal with mold problems in your bathroom without anyone else’s help.