Bathrooms in a home can be a breeding ground for unwanted mold and mildew. Bathrooms that see a lot of activity throughout the day, or bathrooms with no ventilation or natural light, can often have spots of mold or musty smells in certain areas. 

Mold happens even if you keep a clean and tidy home! However, it’s important to get rid of it as soon as possible, as it’s capable of producing spores which, when breathed in, can produce respiratory issues, rashes and other health issues.

 

What does mold look like in a bathroom?

Mold and mildew thrive in damp, humid spaces and need moisture to grow, which is why the bathroom makes a good environment. Mold typically grows under surfaces and can look dark brown, gray or black and have a wooly, fuzzy or slimy texture. It also comes with a stale smell that is easy to recognize.

 

Where in bathrooms can mold grow?

Mold and mildew can typically be found under the sink, along the ceiling and wall tiles, behind walls and in the shower, tub and toilet. Leaky pip

es under sinks where water remains stagnant or water leaks in ceilings or floors can also produce mold.

Is mold dangerous?

Mold can irritate some respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies and can cause a rash and headaches. This means people who come into contact with mold can develop a runny nose, sore throat and coughing. It is also dangerous to pets, especially black mold which can cause serious illnesses and death to dogs.

 

How to Prevent Mold in Your Bathroom

Mold and mildew don’t have to live in your bathroom! Mold can be prevented from forming. Below are some ways to prevent mold from growing in your bathroom, plus FAQs!

Wash your bathroom’s most used items. Your shower mats, curtains, liners and towels take on the most moisture so it’s important to regularly wash and dry them. Hang loofahs or shower poufs to dry and replace frequently. Don’t forget to wipe down the hamper you throw your dirty laundry in!

If you use bar soap, consider the switch to liquid soap. Water tends to gather under the bar soap and create a moist environment for mold to grow. If you prefer bars of soap, invest in a soap dish with holes underneath or use a rack.

 

Air out the room and have a squeegee on hand. If you like steamy, hot showers, we are on the same page, but they can lead to mold and mildew developing. Make sure to keep the bathroom fan or vent on when showering and always open doors and windows after showering. Keep your fan on for at least 30 minutes after showering. Invest in a shower squeegee to use on walls and shower doors to cut down on moisture. We recommend keeping this in the shower so you don’t forget!

 

Invest in a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can reduce moisture in your bathroom. A dehumidifier can be plugged in and placed in your bathroom to suck out the moisture from the air.

 

Use grout, repair leaks immediately, and insulate the walls. Use grout to waterproof and seal areas that could harbor mold. Grout consists of cement and sand and can fill in tile lines in your bathroom. Make sure to repair any leaks in and under the sink or tub.

Make sure your walls are insulated. Having properly insulated walls can regulate temperature and prevent mold and mildew growth. Hire an insulation company to insulate your bathroom with a mold-resistant material such as fiberglass.

 

Finish off your shower with a shower cleaner spray. Make it a habit to always spray your shower after each use with mold-killing bathroom products. If you don’t want to use chemicals, you can always fill a spray bottle with vinegar. For more bathroom cleaning tips, and How To’s for keeping glass streak free, click here.

 

Consider an all glass shower or bath enclosure. Vinyl shower curtains (or curtains made of similar material) tend to accumulate the ill effects of constant water exposure, namely mold and mildew. 

A glass shower door is impenetrable to pesky mold growth. Depending on the type of glass and the style of door, you can completely avoid the hassle of cleaning gunk & grime. Additionally, your shower floor will stay cleaner longer without a bunched-up curtain causing a mess or acting as a breeding ground for mold.

 

Are there ways to prevent mold naturally?

Some natural ways to prevent mold include spraying hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar on the area of concern. You can also try adding one-quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda to a spray bottle of water and once dissolved, spray it directly on the mold. For tough spots, make a paste of two parts baking soda, one part white vinegar and one part water and place the paste directly onto the mold. The juice of several lemons also works on mold and leaves a lemony scent!

 

Why does the bathroom grow mold so quickly?

Bathrooms that have a lot of moisture and humidity can cause an environment that is perfect for mold to grow. Make sure to keep bathrooms clean and dry and repair any leaks. Open windows and doors, if possible. Always install a vent fan. When cleaning mold, experts advise to always wear rubber gloves, protective goggles and an N95 mask.

 

How do you keep mold from growing in the bathroom without a fan?

Promoting natural ventilation will help. That means opening up windows and doors. Placing a dehumidifier inside the bathroom can help as well.

 

Frameless By Design can help you keep a cleaner bathroom with modern, custom made shower and bathtub glass enclosures. We design all glass enclosures using state of the art CAD software, allowing us to avoid outsourcing to third party vendors. Our company only sources glass and hardware from founders and leaders in the industry. We use top of the line materials, made in the USA, to ensure your glass enclosures are built to last. We use HD hinges standard on all of our custom glass doors – up to 36”, this above the traditional standard of 28”. Each design comes with a 5 year parts and labor warranty, and we strive to complete each project within a 3 week timeframe, so you can start enjoying your newly installed bathroom glass as soon as possible. 

We have shower and tub glass configurations for any size bathroom, but we also offer custom designs. You can also choose semi-frameless sliders with your choice of assortment of finishes and fixtures! With over 25 years experience, we here at Frameless By Design have the skillset, knowledge, and pride to achieve your desired vision. Whether you need help choosing your custom shower or you already have in mind what you’re looking for—we will guide you in making the best decisions that will not only leave your guests speechless, but to ensure that it’s long lasting! Contact us for a free consultation. We proudly serve northwest Florida and many counties in Georgia!

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