In an area that is meant to keep you clean, nothing is more undesirable than dirt or mold buildup in the shower and bathroom. The key is to act quickly and follow certain procedures for each area of the shower that is affected by mold.
When your shower is contaminated with mold, it can be tricky knowing what to do first. If it’s too much to handle or you lack the proper supplies, it may be time to call in a professional.
But if you’re up for the challenge, the mold removal experts at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offer these tips on how to remove mold from the shower.
Let’s scrub in.
How to Remove Mold from the Shower Like a Pro (or Almost Like One)
Grout is one of the most common places mold can grow in the shower. It can take a little elbow grease to remove mold from the shower when found in grout. These cracks attract dirt and microscopic bacteria, so effectively removing it requires a small tool, like a toothbrush. Using a bleach and water mixture, scrub the desired areas with a toothbrush that has been coated in the mixture. The bleach will kill the bacteria, which will prevent the mold from growing or spreading.
Similar to grout, removing mold from shower tile requires a specific approach. With tile, a more acidic cleaner is best used to effectively remove mold from the shower and degrade clusters of mold. After, it’s important to coat the tile in a non-acidic soap, says SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, to return it to a neutral, clean state.
When a shower is plastic-based, it is more beneficial to let it soak in a bleach and water mixture before scrubbing and washing the mold away with a brush. Make sure to reach the corners and let soak for at least ten minutes before scrubbing off mold. With plastic walls, it is important to monitor if the mold returns, since missing a spot can result in the mold’s return.
According to Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, shower drains can produce an odor when mold builds up, making this one of the first locations where mold is usually found in a shower. First, the drain could potentially be clogged, so it is important to start by unclogging the drain. Soak the drain for thirty minutes with a vinegar and baking soda mixture to remove mold from the shower. Carefully pour extremely hot water to rinse afterward, thus removing the mold and mixture through the plumbing.
Got mold? It may be time to call the professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties, who will ensure the mold is gone for good. Contact a Franchise Professional today to set up an appointment for your home or business: 609-624-0202.