Despite your furious cleaning every weekend, does a grimy, scummy stain remain between the expensive, imported Cordoba tiles in your bathroom? It’s not your fault! Your cleaning skills are still on point, but that grime is actually mold, and mold is one tough cookie. The best solution to eradicating that mold is to call ServiceMaster Absolute for professional mold remediation services in San Diego, CA.
If you like a challenge you can take on the bathroom mold alone. There are some home remedies for killing mold, but you have to know how to spot it. In your bathroom, mold likes to grow in these specific areas:
Grout: Between bathroom tiles is the perfect safe place for mold. The little spores can feed off the traces of cellulose in the grout, and the surrounding tiles protect them. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to clean in those tiny little cracks.
Caulking: Caulk is the rubbery stuff that seals in the small cracks between tub and wall, shower and wall, etc. It’s also a yummy food for mold, which is why the cracks and crevices in your bathroom seem so grimy even after you’ve cleaned.
Tubs, Showers, and Sinks: Anywhere you wash yourself will build up scum and oils, both from your body and your soaps. Mold loves to feast on this residue, leaving a thin scum on the walls of your shower after as little as a week.
Drains and Vents: The unseen places in your bathroom can also easily accumulate mold. Your drains collect the same residue found in showers, tubs, and sinks. Your vents fill with humid air and draw up already-existing mold spores to grow inside. When it comes to mold, you should never think “out of sight, out of mind.”
To clean mold from your bathroom, usually hydrogen peroxide, bleach and vinegar will do the trick. Dumping these chemicals over your bathroom floor or down your drains isn’t exactly advisable. You may need to get on your hands and knees with a toothbrush, or take apart your vent and drain systems. Once you’ve cleaned the mold the real trick is keeping it from coming back. Try keeping your bathroom as dry as possible, and clean more regularly with vinegar or tea tree oil sprays to keep mold at bay.
If all else fails, contact us at ServiceMaster Absolute for mold remediation in San Diego, CA.