Quick tips on how to deal with black mold in the shower

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How to identify black mold in the shower

1) Smell

If you have a hard time seeing the mold, it can be hidden behind a cabinet or a wall. Use your sense of smell to identify it. Black mold often has a very distinct smell, much like mildew.

2) Color

Pay special attention to the color. Black mold, also called Stachybotrys atra is, well, black. Mold can come in many different colors and can be quite dangerous for your health too.

3) Texture

While most types of mold have a fuzzy texture, Black mold has more of a slimy and wet texture. Wear gloves when touching it.

Do long, hot showers cause mold in the bathroom?

Long hot showers are not the number one cause of black mold building up in your bathroom. The real culprit is the lack of ventilation. Hot showers increase the humidity level in the room, which can create mold over time if your bathroom fan is missing or defective.

Mold in shower

Black mold on shower caulk

While mold on shower tiles is relatively easy to remove with a spray bottle and homemade solutions, mold on shower caulk requires a more aggressive approach. The most common non-toxic way to remove it is to use a toothbrush and baking soda to scrape the mold attached to the calling. You may want to wear a mask when you do this and open the window for ventilation.

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Black mold on shower grout

Mold on grout can be very difficult to deal with. The porous texture of the grout allows mold to grip onto the material. You’ll need a more aggressive solution to spray on the surface if you want to get rid of it.

Black mold on the bathroom ceiling

The most common reason for toxic black mold on the shower ceiling is a lack of ventilation. A lack of ventilation will allow the mold to grow on the ceiling. Check to see if your ventilation fan is still working. Make sure that the vent stays clean and unclogged.

If your bathroom doesn’t have a vent or a functioning fan, keep the door open while taking a shower. Keep it open for at least 15 minutes after your shower to allow walls and ceiling to dry and keep the humidity levels low.

mold in bathroom ceiling

Black mold health risks

Mold growth in your bathroom can potentially be a health hazard. Being exposed to mold can cause many health issues, depending on the severity of the affected room and length of exposure. Some risks include:

  • Throat irritation
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Eye problems
  • Skin problems

How to get rid of black mold in a shower

The most crucial step is to first identify the type of mold you’re dealing with. Once you’ve determined that, you can use the right approach and products

1) Start with removing the mold

Wipe mold off of bathroom tiles using an antifungal and a sponge. Don’t forget to wear gloves. Use a scrub brush for the dark coloring area.

2) Remove stains

Create your own solution with 50% water and 50% bleach. Spray the bleach solution all over the non-porous surfaces, such as grout, and allow it to sit for 15 min ( do this twice). Use a scrub brush to remove the black coloring and rinse with hot water. Wear gloves, protective eye gear and a mask when you do this. 

3) Mold spores

Spray the surface with white vinegar to eliminate mold spores. Allow it to dry. This is an essential step in preventing black mold from growing again.

4) Mold prevention

You must keep the humidity levels low in your bathroom. Install or replace an exhaust fan. Make sure you clean your bathroom regularly using an antifungal such as Clorox. Keep all the surfaces dry.

How to remove black mold in the sink drain?

The only reason for mold to grow in this type of area would be if nobody used the sink for an extended period of time. For the best result, we recommend disassembling the sink to clean it. Use a very acidic solution such as vinegar or baking soda. Do not use bleach. Bleach doesn’t actually break down the protein contained in mold spores.

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