How to Kill and Prevent Bathroom Mold
If you’ve never experienced bathroom mold, perhaps you aren’t looking deep enough into the corners of your bathroom.
It’s one of the most common problems in any house; it’s also one of the easiest to prevent and cure -- as long as you haven’t let it get out of hand.
“Bathroom mold occurs primarily because mold loves damp, dark, isolated spaces,” says Larry Vetter of Vetter Environmental Services in Smithtown, N.Y. “Typically, a bathtub, shower, or entire bathroom remains damp enough for mold growth just from showering or bathing.”
Common Causes of Bathroom Mold
Finding the Mold in Your BathroomBathroom mold isn’t always obvious. Check out hidden areas, such as under sinks, access doors to shower and bath fixtures, around exhaust fans, even in crawl spaces and basements underneath bathrooms.
“It could be starting in the bathroom but actually forming in another room,” says Cinelli, adding that lack of proper ventilation is the biggest culprit for mold growth.
Preventing MoldThe best defense is preventing mold from occurring in the first place. Yashira Feliciano, director of housekeeping for Conrad Conado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, offers the following tips for keeping mold out of your bathroom:
“When you see it creeping into walls and insulation, you need a professional,” says Cinelli, who notes that tearing out walls (which may be necessary for a big problem) can release mold spores into the rest of the house and create an even bigger issue.
“The idea is to kill it and then remove it,” he says. “And the most important thing is to figure out why you have it before you clean it up.”
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