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Prevent Mold & Mildew in Your Bathroom

Mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark places - making your bathroom an easy target. It only takes 48 hours to begin to see signs of mold growth, often appearing as discolored patches, black stains in your grout, or red stains on your shower curtain. The best way to keep your shower sparkling is to prevent mold in the first place.

What’s in it for you?

  • Fewer caulking repairs
  • Spore-free, clean bathing
  • Respiratory problem prevention
  • No musty bathroom smells

Already seeing signs of an invasion? We’ve got a fix for that too, so get rid of that mildew and keep it out for good.

How to Prevent Mold & Mildew:

Humidity is not your friend. Here are a few tricks to significantly reduce the amount of moisture in your bathroom -

  1. Run the bathroom fan during and after your shower for at least 30 minutes to clear out any lingering steam.
  2. Wash your shower curtain at least once a month. A mold-resistant, machine washable curtain is a worthwhile investment to cut down on dirt and grime.
  3. Wipe down tub and shower walls with a squeegee after taking a shower or bath. While this may seem excessive, getting rid of excess puddles or water streaks can be particularly useful for anyone experiencing above average moisture in their bathroom.
  4. Check your bathroom for hidden mold, which can lurk under your sink, behind your toilet, or in your shower drain, and allow spores to spread throughout the bathroom.

How to Clean Mold & Mildew:

Most of the time, you can remove mold from your grout and caulking with a few household ingredients and a little elbow grease.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tsp. of bleach (or tea tree oil)
  • 1 cup of water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Washcloth
  • Old toothbrush

Time to Scrub:

  1. Put on rubber gloves to prevent unnecessary contact with the mold.
  2. Mix the bleach or tea tree oil in a spray bottle with the water. If you don’t have a spray bottle, a bowl or other container will do the trick.
  3. Spray (or pour) the solution onto the infected area and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. After it has soaked in, use a washcloth to scrub the area, and rinse it thoroughly.
  4. Use a toothbrush to clean tricky or hard to reach places, like the caulking around your tub, or the corners along the wall.

What if the mold isn’t going away?

If the mold can’t be removed easily, it might be growing in your caulking, not just on it. When this happens, it’s best to remove the caulking all together and to start fresh.

You can DIY, or call us at 844-99-SUPER to do it for you.

How to Re-Caulk Your Tub or Shower:

  1. Take a flathead screwdriver and remove existing caulking. It’s easiest to pry up the edges at the joint where the shower wall and tub meet, and to remove the caulk in large strips. For hard to remove areas, try using a utility knife. Be careful not to scratch your tub or shower walls.
  2. Rinse the area with water and bleach solution to remove any remaining spores and leftover caulking. Make sure the area is completely dry before reapplying caulk to ensure no moisture gets trapped under the new filling.
  3. Use a caulk gun to apply a new layer of caulk in the joint where the shower wall and tub meet. You can use your finger to spread the caulk and distribute it into a nice, even layer. Let the area dry for a few hours before exposing it to water.
  4. That’s it! You did it! Your bathroom should be mold and mildew free and stay that way.
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