How to Prevent Mold in A Bathroom - Bathroom Cleaning Tips
Mold is one of the big common problems in a bathroom, especially along the edges of bathtubs or shower stalls and in between the tile grout. It poses health problems, damages walls overtime and creates unpleasant sights. Consumers spend millions of dollars on cleaning products to get rid of mold and mildew. But without proper care, a nice and clean bathtub/shower soon would be invaded by mold again. All of those cleaning products contain certain types of chemicals and they are not good for your health and the environment either. Since mold and mildew can only form when there is moisture to support them, you can easily keep these resilient molds out of your bathroom if you keep it dry after you're done using it. The simplest way to do so is to keep an old towel handy in the bathroom and use it to wipe off any visible water. It only takes few minutes to do so. You also need to make sure that the air in the bathroom circulate by keeping your bathroom fan on or your bathroom window and door open.
Reduce the Moisture in the Bathroom
In order to prevent mold from forming in a bathtub, it is important to remove all the water that is left after a shower or bath. You don't want to see any water sitting in the typical mold nesting areas such as edges between bathtub and walls, the grout in between tiles. An old towel is a perfect tool to help absorb all the water from those areas. You don't have to wipe off the water every time someone in the family finishes taking a shower. We are a family of five and I usually wipe off the water after everyone is done taking a shower. As long as you don't let the water sit for longer than five hours, you shouldn't have a mold problem in your bathroom. Here are the steps that I do everyday to have a mold free bathroom:
- Move all the objects, such as soap and shampoo, out of the bathtub after everyone has done taking a show or bath;
- Remove all the loose hairs in the bathtub;
- Use an old towel to wipe off all the water, including water on the bathtub, wall and shower doors or curtains. Make sure that you focus more on grout and caulk areas;
- If your bathtub has curtains, make sure they are stretched across the rod;
- Keep the bathroom window open;
- And/Or keep the bathroom fan on. Make sure your bathroom fan works properly. If the bathroom fan doesn't works, use a portable fan until you have the bathroom fan fixed.
- Keep the bathroom door open;
- If mold forms on walls and ceilings, it is time to repaint your bathroom with acrylic latex base paint that resists mold and mildew growth.
Remove Water Stains on Grout
Although ideally the bathtub should be very clean and look like new for years if I keep wiping off the water everyday, I don't always have the time to do so. I do skip drying it once in awhile when I am too busy. Although that doesn't provide enough time for mold to form, the water does leave some stain in the grout over a period of time. I find that toothpaste works wonder on removing the water stain on grout. It is more environmental friendly than other cleaning products. I do the following steps once a year to remove water stain with toothpaste:
- Squeeze out some toothpaste onto the area that has water stain;
- Brush it like you would for your teeth;
- Rinse off the toothpaste with water;
- Dry it with a towel.
Removing Soap Scum in Bathtub
Although I only skipped a few times wiping off the water in my bathtub this year, soap scum has already made its mark on the bathtub. I had used cleaning products available on markets to remove soap scum before, but stopped using them after I found out that toothpaste could work the same. If you want to go with something that is more environmental friendly, you can just use toothpaste with the help of a toothbrush or a large brush depending on the size of the area that has soap scum buildup. Just make sure you rinse the toothpaste off and dry it with a towel afterward.