Mold in the home is problematic both for the integrity of your home’s structure as well as the health of everyone living within. Mold is a common problem and no matter how well you care for your home, the potential for mold is always present. That said, addressing mold as soon as it is found within a home is paramount and essential to stopping its growth.
Mold can appear virtually anywhere within a home but is most commonly found in places where there is constant moisture. Homes with unseen leaks almost always have mold growing as well. Mold grows happily and cardboard, tiles, wood, and paper surface. It can also be found in the caulking of shower enclosures and bathtubs. Because water is ever present and everywhere in a bathroom, these areas often have dangerous levels of mold growing within them.
Panic is an understand yet ill advised emotion when you first discover mold in the caulking of your bathroom. Not only will you want mold eradicated immediately but you also know that caulking isn’t easily stripped and reapplied. Remaining calm in such a situation will allow you to make better decisions and ones that will remove mold without too much hassle. Fortunately there exists a method for removing mold from caulking that isn’t too taxing, expensive, nor time consuming.
Before you can safely and effectively remove mold from caulking, especially in a bathroom, you’ll need to do a few things.
- Ready Your Tools – Decimating mold in your bathroom requires care and a bit of planning. You will first want to gather a few tools. In this type of job you’ll need a broom, vacuum, dustpan, a good scrubbing sponge, and either an old toothbrush or soft cleaning brush.
- Dust Away – In the next step of the removal process you will want to vacuum away any loose dust/debris from areas of concern. Not only does this dust act as shield for mold but it has the potential to become mud and stain carpets and tiles during the cleaning process.
- Sodium Hypochlorite Solution – Removing mold from your bathroom caulking requires you to create a potent cleaning mixture. As this solution calls for bleach remember to take care in its preparation and its usage. This solution should be 1 part bleach and 10 parts water.
- Spraying Mold – Once the mixture is ready fill a spray bottle and then apply the mixture liberally to any mold present in your caulking. During this step it’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for mold on other areas. If found, apply your mixture here as well. After your solutions has been aptly applied allow it to sit for a minimum of 5 minutes or even longer for greater effect.
- Scrub Away Dead Mold – Once your solution has had time to do its job the next step is to gently scrub your caulk and free it of dead mold. Utilize a firm scrubbing sponge or soft brush here so as not to damage your caulk.
- Rinse And Repeat – The final step in removing mold from your bathroom caulking is to rinse and dry it. In order to properly dry your revitalized caulk employ the use of soft dry cloths. Wet one of these cloths down and then wipe the scrubbed mold from your caulk. When you see no more mold re-wipe your caulking with a dry cloth to prevent regrowth. If mold persists begin at step 1 again until any lingering mold has been removed.
Calling In Professionals
There may be instances where mold is obstinate and won’t release its grasp on your caulking and those where you simply feel removing mold from your bathroom to be too arduous a task. In these scenarios it’s best call in professionals. Professional cleaners carry industrial grade tools and solutions to every job they work. Moreover, they can completely eliminate caulk mold in a fraction of the time it will normally take you to do it. Services are surprisingly inexpensive as well so there is little reason to balk at hiring one.