Tile and especially grout, are common breeding grounds for mold. It is especially not uncommon for homeowners to discover it growing in showers or bathtubs, and other locations on the bathroom. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas due to the high moisture content. One of the rooms in the home that can easily become moldy is bathrooms and it is surprisingly one of the easiest places to prevent mold outbreaks and eliminate them if they do occur. Mold does not require much to thrive, mold simply needs moisture, warmth, darkness and a food source (such as dust and debris). The tile and grout around the tub/shower, especially on the floor, is an optimal spot, and if the problem is initially ignored, there can be a more serious issue. With this in mind, we at Silver State Floor Restoration would like to further elaborate on mold growth on tile and grout.
What Causes Mold in Bathroom?
Mold spores can easily get into the bathroom in a number of ways. Once seeded, the residual water left behind when exiting the shower or bathtub offers the mold substance. Without the ventilation fans, mold has a greater opportunity to grow. A mold outbreak can also be the result of leaking plumbing, such as the toilets, faucets, or pipes. When left in dampened conditions, the cellulose materials like wood, wallpaper, grout, rugs, paper products, drywall, and fabric encourage mold growth.
Look for Mold when Cleaning Bathroom
Being that most people routinely scrub their bathrooms on a weekly basis, use this opportunity to search for any signs of mold growth. Inspect products that might be occupying cabinet space, around exhaust fans, under sinks and toilets, as well surrounding areas of the bathtub/shower toilets in addition to the grout lines.
How to Get Rid of Mold in Your Bathroom
Early stages of mold can be easily remedied. If you find any beginning to grow on the caulk or sealants, be sure to strip it off and replace it with fresh products that are designed to resists mold. Use mold cleaning products responsibly; never mix products, wear safety gear, and follow the directions. Be sure to open any windows, use the ventilation fans, and other aids to help air out the bathroom to reduce mold occurrence in areas that might have been neglected and reduce the chemical effects as you clean.
How to Prevent Mold in Bathroom
During the course of your shower or bathing and leave it on for at least 30 minutes following your cleaning ritual, be sure to use your exhaust/ventilation fan. If you vent fan is not working, or you do not have one, consider a replacement or install. To control the humidity levels under 50%, use conditioner or dehumidifiers. Invest in mildew resistant shower curtain and be sure to replace and/or wash them frequently. Also wash the bathroom rugs and nonslip shower mats on a routine basis.
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Additionally, investing in professional tile and grout cleaning services as well as sealing services can off your home more protection to resist mold growth. The mold can be costly to contain if the problem is ignored as it grows quickly under favorable conditions. More often than not, mold needs to be cut out of caulk, grout, drywall and other porous materials, where these materials are then replaced if it gets to be excessive enough. Professional assistance is recommended because these materials will also need to be properly and safely disposed of if the mold gets to that point. Silver State Floor Restoration is the leading expert in providing quality cleaning and treatment services for your tile and grout. To ensure they are safe, call us today for cleaning and sealing services!