“I have mold in my shower, what should I do?” At Clean Earth Restorations we do mold remediation in San Diego and get all kinds of questions about mold and mildew.
The scale of mold in the picture to the left is not something you would call a mold remediation company for, but the truth is that all mold problems start out small, microscopically even.
Mold is a tiny organism that needs air, moisture, and something to feed on. In the shower it finds all three. Air and water are obvious components in a shower stall and the grout around the tub or between tile is just right for the mold to feed on.
If left to grow forever, this tiny patch of mold would do a lot of damage to your home. Fortunately at this stage you can intervene by washing with an over-the-counter mold and mildew product or by mixing your own solution. The “Home Maintenance for Dummies Cheat Sheet” gives a good recipe:
"Mildew Cleaning Formula: Left to its own devices, mildew can get so bad that the only solution is to re-grout your tub. You can stave off this home maintenance task by staying on top of the cleaning with this handy solution.
This solution works well for removing mildew on painted or washable surfaces, inside and out, including walls, showers, tile, grout, flooring, siding, roofing, and concrete. Add 1 quart chlorine bleach to 3 quarts warm water. To this, add 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent. Apply the solution using a spray bottle or sponge, and allow it to sit for about ten minutes, but don’t let it dry out. Rinse with fresh water and towel-dry. A light brushing with a nylon scrub brush and more than one application may be required.
Even though the solution is mild, wear rubber gloves and safety goggles, and have plenty of ventilation.
Note: Our Mildew Cleaning Formula works great, but if you’re looking for a green alternative, try spraying lemon juice or vinegar on mildew stains, letting it sit for 3 minutes, and then scrubbing."
Regular attention to these small growths will save you time, worry, and expense in the long run. If you are dealing with something larger than this or have any questions regarding mold remedition please do not hestitate to contact us, or download our free tip sheet below.