How do you get rid of mold in the shower?
Mold is mainly found in the crevices of the shower, between tiles, and in corners. It has nothing to do with your cleaning skills, don’t worry, everyone has or has had mold in their shower at one point or another. As a matter of fact, I have it right now - black, ugly and laughing at me from the bottom of my shower.
So, where does it come from?
The shower is often a cozy, warm, and humid space, mostly rather poorly ventilated; these are optimal conditions for mold to grow. Residues of shampoo, soap, and organic elements get stuck in the crevices and, if not removed instantly, are the perfect breeding ground for mold.
How to clean the mold in the shower?
- Spray bathroom cleaner directly on the affected area, let it sit there for a minute, then brush with an old toothbrush or any other brush. You might have to repeat the process a few times. With a bit of luck, your shower will look as good as new!
- You can also try to clean with vinegar, but vinegar only works on the surface and doesn't get to the spores of the mold; hence it will grow back.
- Baking soda is the cleaning allrounder – dissolve it in a tiny bit of water until it turns into a sort of a paste, then put the paste right into the crevice. Let it sit there for about 10 minutes. Scrub the area with an old toothbrush or similar. Clean the surface and wipe it dry. I tried it myself, but it didn’t work on the silicone grouting.
If the silicone grouting is badly affected, black mold invested, then often there is no other way than to remove the silicone and replace it with new. Don’t just add new silicone on top of the old one! Mold is persistent and strong; it will grow through the new grout. So, it’s important to remove the old grout and replace it with new.
How do you prevent the mold in the first place?
The bathroom needs to be regularly ventilated. If you have a window, after every shower, open the window so the air can circulate properly. If you don’t have a window, open the bathroom door. To avoid any mold settling in the rest of your home, you need to regularly air the rooms with open windows every day for 10 minutes. Fresh air is good for the brain and the mood as well ?
Rinse the shower after each time it's used, so you clear most of the soap, shampoo, hair, and other residues. If you have a shower curtain, stretch it after showering so it can dry better.
Clean regularly by wiping the shower tiles, taking extra care of the joints between the tiles and the silicon sealant at the very bottom.
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