Mold growth in the bathroom is fairly frequent, especially in the area near shower stalls. Poor ventilation, moisture, dark, and humidity are some of the favorable conditions for Mold to breed, and just like our basement, even the bathroom has all of it too. Mold can multiply in numbers and potentially harm the inside structure of our washrooms if they are not properly maintained.
Mold is a type of fungus. Even though the fungus’ spores are incredibly small and often even invisible, inhaling them can cause major health problems. Mold can cause headaches, allergies, and respiratory issues, as well as contribute to the development of chronic illnesses like asthma and rhinitis. Staying in a moldy environment for an extended period of time might be dangerous, so you need to get rid of Mold as soon as you notice them.
How to Remove Mold from bathroom ceiling
Fortunately, removing Mold from your basement does not take much time and is a fairly straightforward task. With a few readily available products and tools, you can get rid of them.
However, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises that if the Mold is in a smaller area that is less than 10 square feet, you should try to remove it on your own. In the case of a bigger area, it is strongly advised to seek professional help, as there may be a severe mold infestation.
Causes of Mold in Your Bathroom
Some of the major causes of mold growth in your basement are:
- Lack of proper ventilation
- Steam rises to the ceiling from hot showers and bathtubs, which creates hot air and moisture.
- Leakage in Toilets, sinks, and plumbing pipes
- Rugs, paper products, wallpaper, grout, drywall, and cloth, leaving any of these wet in the bathroom for too long.
Equipment and Materials Needed.
- Gloves for protection
- Protective eyewear and a face mask are required.
- Brush with a soft-bristle
- Stepladder made of the plastic bucket
- Cups and spoons for measuring
- Bottle for spraying
- Cloth made of microfiber
Put On Protective Gear
The most important thing to remember while dealing with Mold is to keep yourself safe. Rubber gloves should be worn because touching them with bare hands could trigger allergies. Put on your old clothing as well, which you can discard if they are moldy.
Wash your items immediately with hot water to guarantee that the spores contained in the fabric are removed and do not spread. If you’re going to dispose of them, make sure you do so safely to avoid spreading the spores throughout your house.
Fix the Source of Mold
Now you need to figure out the source and fix it. Cleaning the Mold without fixing the source is no point; it will return in no time if you don’t fix the source. Check around the mold area to figure out the exact source.
Check if there is any leakage in the shower stalls, pipes, or roof. Sometimes the Mold in our basement, kitchen, and bathroom can be due to a lack of proper ventilation and air circulation. Improve insulation as it creates a barrier between the cold outside air and the warm air within, eventually minimizing the chance of mold growth.
Open the window and doors and allow the natural light to enter your bathroom. Mold prefers dark moisture places. When there is natural light, there will be heat, light which will reduce the chance of mold growth.
Make a Cleaning Solution
Once you figure out the cause and work your way to fix it, you can now clean the Mold. For cleaning the existing Mold, you can make your own homemade solution. According to the severity of the Mold and your convenience, you can make your own solution. Here we have listed some of the mixtures which are tested and proven to be the best for Mold removal.
Vinegar solution: Vinegar is a natural and non-toxic mild acid. White vinegar, to be precise, is excellent for killing Mold. You can mix vinegar and water in equal parts and pour it over a surface and allow it to sit for a few hours. Open the doors and window to remove the smell of vinegar.
Baking soda: Baking soda is another effective way of killing Mold as it works by absorbing moisture. It also helps to bring spores to the surface, which can be easily washed away later.
To make a solution of baking soda, simply add a spoonful or two of baking soda to a spray bottle filled with warm water. Let it remain there for 10-15 minutes. And then scrub it off.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic remedy for removing Mold. Since hydrogen peroxide is highly effective, you can just use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. You can just add one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and rest the water. To ensure that the spray does not create discoloration do a patch test in a small area. Allow the mixture to stay in the moldy area for at least 15 minutes. Scrub it lightly with a cloth or scrub brush.
Essential oils: Different essential oils can be used as a cleaning agents for removing Mold. Some of the most frequently used and effective essential oils are clove, tea tree, lavender, grapefruit, citrus, and eucalyptus. Spray the afflicted regions with a mixture of a teaspoon of oil and a cup of water. Let the mixture sit on the affected area for more than 20 minutes and start scrubbing with the help of a soft brush.
Bleach: Bleach is an excellent fungicide that will not only kill Mold but will also eliminate mold spots. But you need to be very cautious using it as it emits strong fumes and can damage the surface used if used in excess amount. Do remember bleach cannot be used on a porous surface. Use one part of bleach to ten parts of water. This method should be your last resort and should be used only in the mold infestation is in excess amount.
Using the Cleaning Solution
Pour the above-prepared mixture into a bottle and spray evenly throughout the affected area. You can use any one of the mixtures mentioned above. In case of excess Mold, you might have to use 2-3 solutions to get rid of the Mold completely. Make sure not to overwet it.
For a smooth surface, you can use either use microfibre cloth or a sponge to clean the Mold. Once you apply the solution in the area, let it remain there for a few minutes before you wipe it off. Some soft surfaces are showers, baths, basins, and tiles. If the Mold is still visible, try removing it with a brush. Grout scrubbing brushes are considered to be best for removing the tough Mold. Rinse the ceiling with water and let it dry completely.
Applying Anti-Mold Paint
When the ceiling is dry, scrape off the flakes. If there are any, with the help of a paint scraper, ensure there is no more mold left on the ceiling. Repainting your ceiling will be a must once you flake off the paint, as there will be an uneven tone in the ceiling because of Mold. Before you repaint your ceiling, you should sand it down. We don’t recommend painting over peeled paint. To eliminate any leftover remnants of the Mold and prepare a good base for the new paint, sand the areas especially focusing on the ones where there was mold growth.
Anti-mould paint is a specifically designed type of wall and ceiling paint that prevents Mold from growing. You can even go for waterproof paint, especially if your bathroom has high humidity and condensation. It can be a good initial step in preventing Mold from returning after you’ve cleansed it away. As if they get the slightest hints, they will grow again, so prevention is always better. You can seek assistance from the hardware shop or professional painters regarding the brand that suits your needs.
How To Prevent Mold From Coming Back
- Turn on the bathroom fan when you are taking shower, especially hot showers. Or you can even turn on the fans and open the windows for 5 minutes after you take a shower. This will reduce humidity in your bathroom.
- Let the natural night enter the bathroom, and try to keep your bathroom as dry as you can.
- Improve the insulation of your home. Insulation in walls and around heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems should be enhanced.
- Ceiling cladding is another excellent way to keep your bathroom ceiling free of Mold. This has become a very popular choice as it is simple to install and looks great.
- Towels, bathmats, and shower curtains are ideal breeding grounds for Mold if they are left wet for too long. Allow them to air dry after each usage and wash them on a regular basis.
- Use a dehumidifier to prevent wet walls from forming in the air if there is excess humidity in your bathroom.