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Cleaning Bathroom Mold

Cleaning Bathroom Mold

Cleaning bathroom mold is going to be a tough job for you if you do not know the right technique. This HomeQuicks article gives you step-by-step instructions on how to clean and eliminate this mold.
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Basically, mold is a living fungus that grows in those areas of the house which are damp and humid like the bathroom and basement. It can be identified with greenish black specks on the surface of the walls, ceilings, and corners of the floor. Cleaning bathroom mold is important, not just because it looks ugly, but is hazardous for health. When it enters the body through inhalation or ingestion, it gives rise to various allergic symptoms like a runny nose, congestion in the nasal passage, sneezing, etc. More serious forms of toxic black mold exposure symptoms can be observed, when the spores of black mold start attacking the healthy cells of the body after some time. A few common symptoms of this poisoning are nose bleeding, lung bleeding, rectal bleeding and in some severe cases neurological disorders are also seen.

Step-by-step Cleaning Instructions

Isolate the bathroom area from the rest of the house so that after mold removal, the spores do not spread to other parts of the house. Open a bathroom window in order to improve the air circulation of the work area. To protect yourself from exposure to this biotoxin, you must wear adequate protective gear such as rubber gloves, goggles, respiratory mask, etc. The tools and materials that are needed for cleaning the mold are: mild liquid detergent, chlorine based bleach, disinfectant, cleaning brush, toothbrush, sponge, rag, etc. Once all the arrangements are made, proceed as per the following instructions:

Step #1:The first step towards mold removal involves use of a regular bathroom cleaner for cleaning the visible signs of the infestation. Alternately, you can prepare a cleaning solution made of ammonia free mild liquid detergent and warm water, and use it for the same purpose. Apply this solution generously on the shower area, bathroom floors, and walls. Wait for a while and then scrub all these areas thoroughly with the help of a sponge or a brush. Then wash off with plain water and allow it to dry. If the infestation is not that severe, then this method is good enough to get rid of it. The problem with this solution is that it does not kill the black mold that lies in deeper surfaces like the grout lines between bathroom tiles.

Step #2: We all know that a detergent solution does not kill mold. Then what does? Chlorine based bleach contains strong chemicals that are highly effective in eliminating it completely. Therefore, the next step involves mold removal with bleach. Take one gallon of water and add a cup of chlorine bleach into it. Put this solution in a spray bottle and spread on all the surfaces of the bathroom including the shower walls, floors, in and around the bathtub, and so on. Wait for at least 15-20 minutes before you start cleaning the solution. Start scrubbing from any one corner of the room and proceed towards the door. To reach out to narrow corners, use a stiff bristled toothbrush. For the broader surfaces of floors and walls, a sponge or cleaning brush can be used. Continue to rub the areas vigorously in circular motions to clean mold in bathroom completely. Then rub a rag over all the surfaces so that the loose mold is wiped off. Rinse off thoroughly with running water. Cleaning the mold off your bathroom ceiling with this technique could be tough if the infested area is more than 10 feet. In such cases, you should hire professionals for the cleaning job.

Step #3: Last but not the least important step to clean the mold is by applying a disinfectant. This is done to eliminate the residue of spores that is left behind after the cleaning job. You can get this disinfectant in any hardware store. Apply it on the cleaned surfaces, let it stand for 15 minutes and then wash off with sufficient amount of water. Dry the area as quickly as possible. If required, take the help of fans or dehumidifiers.

After you have finished cleaning the bathroom, you must dispose off all the materials that came in contact with the mold during this process. Put the brush, sponge, rags, and other equipment into a garbage bag, seal it up properly, and throw it in a garbage disposal area. You can prevent any further growth of bathroom mold by keeping the area clean and dry. Keep the bathroom open or switch on the exhaust fan to ensure better air circulation. Spray some distilled vinegar on all the areas of the bathroom once a week. This will control growth of mold and mildew to a great extent.
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