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How To Remove Mold In Your Bathroom

How To Remove Mold In Your Bathroom

Great humidity can lead to mold and mildew stains appearing all over your bathroom.
Here’s how to treat and clean them based on your surface.

Supplies | Tips | Plasterboard | Wood | Tiles
Washable Surface | Non-Washable Surface

You’ll need

  • Baking soda
  • Unscented detergent
  • Sponge
  • Cloth
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Household gloves
  • Vacuum cleaner (with brush)
  • Disposable dust mask

Basic Tips On Bathroom Humidity

mold tips

  • Be sure to ventilate the room long enough to clean the air and remove any moisture.
  • Check that the ventilation system works and that vents are not obstructed. If necessary, remove them and clean them.
  • Try to find out from where the moisture actually comes from (leaks, etc.). You’ll want to treat the cause to prevent stains from reappearing.
  • Do not use detergent with bleach when treating mold. It is best to use a scent-free detergent.
  • Put on gloves and a dust mask to avoid breathing in mold, which can be harmful to your health.

Clean a plasterboard

plasterboard mold

  • Dilute baking soda or detergent in water.
  • Soak a cloth, wring it out well so that there is no excess water. Gently rub the area.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • Wipe the area with a dry cloth and let it dry naturally.

Clean wood

wood mold
If mold has appeared on your wooden bathroom cabinets, here’s a way to clean them:

  • Vacuum clean the area first, to remove as much mold as possible.
  • Run a damp cloth, soaked in water and detergent on the affected area.
  • Wipe it clean, and dry.
  • If stain persists, you’ll have to gently sand the wood, and dust it. You can also apply a special treatment against mold before adding a topcoat.

Clean tiles

grout mold
Tiles and silicone seals are pretty much the go-to surface for most bathrooms. Here’s how to remove mold on them:

  • Dilute some detergent in water.
  • Using a scrubbing brush, rub the area.
  • Let the mix stand for at least an hour.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry the area.

Clean a washable surface

washable mold
If it is a washable paint (alkyd), or washable wallpaper (vinyl), you can clean out mold by doing the following:

  • Put a small amount of detergent in water.
  • Rub with a damp sponge until the spots disappear.
  • Rinse with clean water.
  • Wipe clean with a dry cloth. Allow to dry.

Clean a non-washable surface

nonwashable mold
If your paint is non-washable (acrylic or natural), or you have standard wallpaper, this is how to remove mold:

  • Use your vacuum cleaner with its brush accessory on the surface. You’ll want to remove as much mold as possible first.
  • Mix some water and detergent. Use a cloth and the mixture to clean the area.
  • Wipe with a clean, dry cloth.

If, despite these solutions, the problem persists, or recurs, it is essential to diagnose to causes of excessive moisture. Use a professional to implement the appropriate treatment.

One comment

  1. Hi, I was wondering why you shouldn’t use detergent with bleach, and why a scent-free detergent is best?

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