One of the places where mold and mildew seems to like to hang out the most in the home is within the bathtub or shower. Bathtubs and showers present the perfect place for mold to grow and thrive; they are full of moisture, typically warm, and often dark when not in use. Here are a few tips that will help you finally win the fight against mold in your bathtub.
#1 Clean Your Drain
All of the soap, hair, and skin that flakes off in your shower goes down your drain, making it a perfect place for mold to grow. Many people don't realize that mold can thrive inside of the drainage lines going out from your bathtub.
To avoid this, clean your drains by first pouring an industrial drain cleaner down the drain and allow it to sit for the appropriate amount of time indicated on the bottle, then flush the drain clean. Then, go back over the drain with a snake to clean and remove all the material that is built up in your drain. Finally, take a scrub brush with a long handle, such as a toilet bowl scrub brush, and dip it in some bleach, then the brush down your bath tub drain to clean away any grime within the drain and kill any mold present.
Once your drain is clean, keep it that way by putting baking soda, vinegar, and hot water down it every two weeks or so to naturally clean and kill anything try to take root in your drainage pipes.
#2 Remove The Caulking & Grout
Mold likes to stick to porous surfaces, such as caulking and grout. Once mold gets into these surfaces, it can be very hard to clean these areas and effectively kill off the mold. If you have mold covering your grout and caulking, you are going to want to remove the grout, clean and disinfect the area with bleach and a commercial bleach cleaner, and then apply new grout to your tub or shower. If the caulking has mold growing in it, pull it out, clean the area, and apply new caulking that has antimicrobial qualities. Once the new grout and caulking is in place, treat the wall with some antimicrobial spray.
#3 Clean Your Tub Every Week
Once you have removed the mold, remember that the fight is not over. Mold spores float around in the air around you, always looking for a place to call home, which is why you need to stay on top of cleaning your bathtub or shower.
When you get out of the bath or shower, use a squeegee to remove all moisture from the walls. At least once a week, take a bathroom cleaner and wipe down the walls and floor of your shower. Every few weeks, clean your drain with the method described above. By frequently cleaning your shower once you get rid of the mold, you should be able to prevent it from returning.
However, if you have extensive mold issues from water damage, it may be time to contact a restoration service, like Althouse Restore.