Have you ever pulled back the shower curtain to walk in and the you unexpectedly see those grimy green and black dots called mold? Not only is it unpleasant to see but it also can endanger your health and that of your family!

Mold can take as easily as 24-48 hours to grow in a dark and wet space. It can irritate your eyes, throat, and nose and aggravate symptoms of asthma and allergies if it’s not treated right away. In the shower mold can grow in the cracks and corners, on the ceiling, and on shower curtains as well.

Here are a few ways to prevent mold from forming and easy ways to safely clean it up.

1-Squeegee the walls of the shower
Buying a squeegee and keeping it in the shower or bathroom can avoid the main cause of mold or mildew build up in the bathroom. After you shower, something as simple as running the squeegee down the walls of your shower can reduce the chance of mold growing immensely!

2-Spray vinegar and salt on and around your shower and tub
For a more natural solution, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and salt. Then spray your shower curtain, the walls of your shower, and corners around the tub once a week to dehydrate any mold spores, thus killing the bacteria and keeping it from forming. Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse the shower/tub.

3-Spray Bleach on and around your shower and tub
For those of you looking for a more intense and astringent solution pour bleach and water into a spray bottle. Then spray all over the shower, making sure to get corners of the shower/tub. Depending on how strong you prefer your solution, add more or less water. For this solution, we recommend using a face mask so you don’t breathe in the bleach. Also, as you let it sit leave the fan on and close the door so the odor doesn’t harm you, your family, or pets. Let it sit for 15 minutes then rinse.

If you find that your tub or shower mold or mildew is beyond repair and might be considering a new one contact California Plumbing San Diego today! We can help you with all of your shower, bathroom, and plumbing needs!

 

DISCLAIMER: Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic Chlorine Gas. While the combination does create a good disinfectant, these two common cleaning agents. These should never be used at the same time. Why: Adding any weak acid to bleach will release toxic chlorine and chloramine vapors.

*This blog is for general understanding and educational purposes only and should not be used in place of professional advice. Please contact a professional at California Plumbing San Diego for a consultation.

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