Bathroom mold is one of the most common problems in any household. It’s also a pretty easy one to avoid. The average bathroom provides the perfect environment for mold — isolated corners, ample moisture and dim lighting throughout much of the day — but you can eliminate it in a few easy steps.
Causes of Bathroom Mold
- Persisting moisture due to poor ventilation.
- Damp, porous materials like towels, rugs, shower curtains, wood, wallpaper, drywall and grout.
Common Mold Locations
- Corners of bath tubs, shower doors and cabinets.
- Hidden areas under sinks and inside cabinets.
- Shower and sink fixtures.
Preventing Bathroom Mold
- Wash towels and bathroom rugs frequently.
- Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain.
- Always run a ventilation fan while showering or bathing, and let it run for at least 15 minutes after you finish.
- In summer, open a window while showering or bathing.
- Keep household humidity below 50%.
Getting Rid of Mold
- Clean moldy surfaces with bleach or a green cleaning product like vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
- Strip away caulking or sealant with mold growth and replace it quickly.
- Open doors and windows while cleaning to help dry out the mold and provide fresh air.
- If you see mold getting into walls and insulation, contact a professional.