How to Get Rid of Black Mold Anywhere in Your Shower
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Get Rid of Black Mold Anywhere In Your Shower
Do you have black mold in the showers? Before you panic about black mold over shower health risks, here's what you need to know about it and how to remove black mold from showers: Bath Dough, Shower Mortar, Behind Tile. And showers on walls and ceilings, on shower curtains, and even on shower drains. This is apparently a very common problem!
The easiest way to remove mold from showers!
But pasta is NOT the only place black mold grows in the shower! Black mold grows on the shower ceiling, on the shower wall, around the shower drain, on the shower curtain, and in the mortar.
Today I wanted to explore these other areas that grow black mold in the shower with you! I know it's super fun, right? But I'd love to help you avoid any health risks that might arise from letting the black mold from your shower stay there!
Black mold in the shower
First, let's talk a little more about why black mold grows in showers and why black mold in showers is dangerous and the health risks associated with black mold in showers.
What Causes Black Mold in the Shower?
Mold loves to grow in warm, humid, and humid places, which are definitely the conditions that occur during rains!
If there is a mold problem in your home, you need to clean up the mold AND fix the water problem that is causing it to grow. That is why it is important to control the humidity in the house, always use the bathroom fan, leave the bathroom door open (if possible) and/or open the bathroom window.
Black mold in the shower health risks
Fortunately, due to the way bathrooms and showers are constructed today, the black mold you see in the shower is less likely to be the really bad substance: "toxic mold" or "deadly mold."
This is because shower areas and surfaces do not contain cellulose (found in things like wood, cardboard, lint, paper, and dust), which is necessary for mold growth. Tile, ceramic, and fiber cement panels make all Stachybotrys less likely to thrive.
But that doesn't mean that the black mold you see in the shower is "safe" for you too!
You can order lab tests for this, but it's not really necessary and it can be very expensive.
Many people do not experience physical symptoms after being exposed to black mold while bathing, but people with asthma, weakened immune systems, or a sensitivity or allergy to mold may experience some physical symptoms after exposure. This includes things like:
- itchy eyes
- scratchy throat
- trouble breathing
- skin irritation
- yeast infection
- athlete’s foot
- chronic fatigue
Even if you don't have any symptoms now, prolonged, repeated exposure can lead to mold sensitivity over time and affect your health.
Many people are bothered by the mere sight of mold in the shower. It is not beautiful and it is not healthy. Whenever you find mold in your home, it is best to get rid of it as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that mold damages where it grows, so the sooner mold attacks, the better!
How to get rid of black mold in shower caulk
Bleach is no longer considered the best way to remove mold. It is only effective if the mold is made of a non-porous material, such as tiles, bathtubs, glass, and countertops.
It does not reach the mold that grows below the surface. Additionally, bleach can damage the materials in which it is used as it is a strong and corrosive chemical. Vapors are strong and harsh and should be handled with gloves.
But it does a great job of removing mold stains, but the mold isn't really dead. Instead, you can use vinegar, baking soda, ammonia, bleach, borax, or hydrogen peroxide.
There are many tutorials on how to use these products specifically to clean moldy sealant in bathrooms.
One of the BEST things you can do to remove black mold from your caulk is to completely remove the caulk and apply the new, high-quality caulk. It doesn't take long, but you should let it dry properly before using the shower again. This is important because the proper sealant will help prevent water damage and mold behind the shower tiles and walls.
How to get rid of black mold in shower grout
One of the best things you can do to deal with black mold in your shower grout is to completely replace the grout and cover the grout. Mold often appears to grow on plaster when it begins to age and cracks when it is porous.
No, it's probably not (I've never done this) an easy or inexpensive process, but it will ensure that the grout is truly mold-free. Just be sure to use a high-quality mortar!
Additionally, you may also discover a water issue behind the tile or grout that can be better addressed to prevent regrowth.
But, if your grout still looks good, try one of the following methods:
- Bleach (unless the grout is colored or the tile is very sensitive). Rub the bleach into the mortar with a stiff bristle brush, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then rinse with lukewarm water, repeating if necessary.
- Distilled white vinegar. Spray, let sit for 30 minutes, then rub the vinegar into the mortar, spray again and let it sit for another 30 minutes. Then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat as needed.
- Baking soda paste. Use the method I used to clean the grout with baking soda, but let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing and repeating as needed.
- Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Use the baking soda paste above and apply it, but sprinkle or pour hydrogen peroxide over it, rubbing the bubbly paste. Rinse with water and repeat if necessary.
After removing the black from the shower grout, be sure to use a putty knife to remove excess moisture and water from the tiles and grout after bathing to prevent it from coming back.
How to remove black mold behind shower tiles or black mold behind the shower wall
If you remove the tiles and discover black mold behind your shower tiles, it can be extremely scary and irritating! This is likely due to the fact that you may face high costs to replace the drywall, insulation, tile, and perhaps even the nails behind the shower. I would definitely have a professional opinion on what is best to do if you are not an expert on these things! You want to repair it properly.
That is why it is important to use a humidity meter to see if there really is water and mold that has accumulated behind the shower tray.
If you see mold, washing 50/50 with water and bleach is recommended (don't scrub as this can release mold spores into the air!). Spray well and allow to dry completely.
Then spray the area with Lysol or vinegar, baking soda, or borax and let it dry.
It's best to apply something like Kilz, an oil-based primer to prevent mold from growing back.
How to get rid of black mold in your shower drain
Shower drains contain cellulosic material (the stuff that black fungus likes to grow!) Removes soap scum, body hair and oils, and lots of moisture so they can be a breeding ground for mold growth black.
It is important to keep drains open and free of cellulosic material. Periodically treat the discharge with vinegar and/or baking soda and a water solution to keep it clean and prevent mold spore growth.
The important thing is NOT to pour bleach down the sewers and to take the time to process it.
How to clean a shower curtain with black mold
If you have a plastic or vinyl shower curtain liner, use a mixture of baking soda and water and scrub gently (easier if you remove it from the shower rod first), and then rinse with water. You can then sprinkle with vinegar to prevent growth and remove watermarks.
If you have a cloth or fabric shower curtain or shower liner, you will do something similar. I suggest going to this post or post for a good tutorial on how to do it indoors and outdoors.
Finally, you can throw the shower curtain in the washing machine with a little detergent and 1/2 cup of baking soda (or borax), run the gentle cycle (hang until dry). Or I already did it with a simple vinegar wash.
How to clean black mold from a shower ceiling
Like all other molds, you still need to address the root cause of the mold (check the bathroom fan), before you deal with the mold itself or you will have to do it again soon.
If you are using porous materials like popcorn ceiling, wood, drywall, etc., you will need to remove this part of the ceiling and replace it.
If you are not taking yourself seriously and the ceiling is made of a non-porous material and you are looking to eliminate black mold from the ceiling of the shower, we recommend that you:
- Open the window, turn off the fan, put on rubber gloves and safety glasses. Wear a fan mask, if you have one.
- Take a stool or a ladder.
- Remove the paint.
- Clean the ceiling. Mix a solution of 2 tablespoons of borax, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and 2 cups of hot water and apply on the spot.
- Rub with an abrasive sponge.
- Rinse sponges frequently or use new sponges during the process.
- Repeat as needed.
- Once removed, spray again with the anti-mold solution.
- Let it dry.
- Sand the ceiling of the shower.
- Repaint the shower ceiling with waterproof paint.
And it must be so!
I know finding black mold in showers can be annoying and overwhelming, especially if it reappears. I hope these tips and tutorials help you beat your black mold in the bathroom for good!
We hope you enjoy watching this video about how to clean moldy shower grout the easy way
Source: Christy Lyn
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