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Bathroom Corners Keep Growing Mold?

9/1/2023 (Permalink)

Mold can be a big problem in any home, but it's especially troublesome in the bathroom. Because of the high humidity levels in this space, mold can easily take hold and grow rampant. If you've noticed that your bathroom corners keep growing mold, there are a few things you can do to combat the issue. But first, it's important to understand why this problem occurs.

Why Bathroom Corners Grow Mold

There are a few reasons why bathroom corners are more susceptible to mold growth than other areas of the home.

  • The high humidity levels in your bathroom create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Mold loves warm, moist environments, and your bathroom provides that in spades. When you take a hot shower, the steam creates condensation on your walls, ceiling, and floors. This condensation provides the perfect opportunity for mold to take hold.
  • Another reason why bathroom corners are more prone to mold growth is that they're often darker than other areas of the room. Because they don't get as much light, mold can more easily proliferate in these shadowy spots.
  • Finally, bathroom corners tend to collect dust and other particles. These particles provide food for mold, which helps it to grow and spread.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom Corners

Now that you know why your bathroom corners keep growing mold, you can take steps to prevent it from happening. Here are a few tips:

Use an Exhaust Fan: This will help to keep the humidity levels in your bathroom down, making it less hospitable for mold growth.

Wipe Down Wet Surfaces: After you take a shower, be sure to wipe down any wet surfaces in your bathroom. This includes your walls, ceiling, and floors.

Keep Things Clean: Be sure to clean your bathroom regularly. This includes sweeping and mopping the floors, wiping down surfaces, and cleaning the toilet.

Fix Leaks: If you have any leaks in your bathroom, be sure to fix them as soon as possible. Leaks provide a source of water for mold to grow.

Let in the Light: Mold loves dark, shadowy corners. So, if you can, let some light into your bathroom to help prevent mold growth.

Following these tips will help to keep mold from growing in your bathroom corners. However, if you already have a mold problem, you'll need to take steps to remove it.

How to Remove Mold from Your Bathroom Corners

If you already have mold growing in your bathroom corners, don't despair. 

Find the Source

First, you'll need to identify the source of the moisture. Mold loves damp, humid conditions, so chances are there's a leaky pipe or other problem that's causing your bathroom corners to stay wet. Once you've fixed the source of the moisture, you can start cleaning up the mold.

Clean It Up

To remove mold, you'll need to use a solution of bleach and water. Mix one part bleach with 10 parts water, and apply it to the affected areas with a sponge or brush. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then scrub away the mold and rinse the area with clean water.

Once you've removed the mold, take steps to prevent it from coming back. Make sure your bathroom is well-ventilated, and run a fan or open a window after each shower to help keep the air dry. Wipe down any wet surfaces as soon as possible, and consider using a dehumidifier in especially humid conditions. With a little effort, you can keep your bathroom mold-free.

Mold can be a nuisance, but you can keep it under control with a little effort. By preventing mold growth and cleaning it up as soon as it appears, you can keep your bathroom looking and smelling fresh and mold-free.

When to Call a Professional

If the mold growth in your bathroom is extensive, it's best to call a professional for help. SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge and Ascension has the training and experience to safely and effectively remove mold from your home. We also have the proper equipment to ensure the job is done correctly. Contact us today at (225) 753-3434 for more information.

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