How to remove mold from your bathroom, floors, and walls
Have you found mold, including black mold, in your bathroom, on your floors or walls? Oftentimes, these small spots only require a more aggressive cleaning strategy and better ventilation. Here are some tips for cleaning mold throughout your home.
What is mold?
Mold is microscopic fungi that develops in high-humidity environments. Although it’s necessary in nature, mold can be harmful in our homes. The presence of mold means that there’s excess moisture or a water leak in the room. Remove it quickly, before it gets out of hand!
How to recognize mold
Mold is a sign of excess moisture in your home. You’ll find it in humid areas such as the bathroom and basement, as well as poorly lit and poorly ventilated areas like closets.
You can recognize mold by:
- stains of various colours, often greenish or black, on walls, ceilings or carpets, around windows and in closets
- a musty, earthy smell
- dark circles, warping, flaking or other signs of water infiltration
In the event of water damage, clean and dry the area thoroughly within 24 to 48 hours. After this time, you risk developing mold.
How to remove mold
No need to go out and buy industrial-strength cleaning products—you probably already have the ingredients to remove mold from your bathroom, floors and walls.
Wall and floor mold removal
- Make your own mold removal spray by mixing 1 cup of white vinegar and ¾ cup of water. Spray the stains, let it sit, then wipe the surface.
Ceramic seal mold removal
- A cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda will remove mold and brighten the joints. Scrub the area, let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
- Lemon juice is a natural fungicide. Mix it with a little liquid soap and scrub the joints. Let it sit, and then rinse.
Bathroom mold removal
- Hydrogen peroxide is antifungal and antibacterial, which makes it ideal for removing mold from the bathroom. Pour it over the silicone sealant around the bathtub or on ceramic seals and let it sit.
- Black soap removes all traces of mold not only on ceramic joints, but also on fabric and shower curtains. Let it sit, then scrub and rinse.
How to prevent mold
Inspect the exterior of your home regularly to ensure there is no water leaking through the roof, foundation, gutters or drain.
Regular maintenance helps detect signs of water infiltration and mold. Note that if mold stains can be easily cleaned, it means they are only on the surface. The problem probably lies in high levels of humidity. A dehumidifier will restore humidity levels in your home.
Lastly, proper ventilation will prevent problems, so open your windows!