Mold and Mildew are common problems in bathrooms especially in the shower areas. Mold is a fungi and can be identified by color either pink,brown or black and can cover the surface of the tile it is growing on. Dealing with surface mold and mildew is important. Mold and mildew are the result of moisture due to lack of ventilation, humidity and poor lighting. If left can pose a hazard to you and your family.
The most common causes of mold and mildew are:
- Low circulation of air
- Poor lighting or low lighting
- Warm environments
- High humidity
- Damp areas
Cleaning: Clean surface with 1 part chlorine bleach to 5 parts water. Apply with spray bottle or sponge on surface, rinse and dry thoroughly. This cleaning will kill all surface bacteria however mold and mildew in grout is not so easily removed. Grout is porous unlike ceramic tile so while this cleans surface mold, mold in grout may still be there and will continue to return. Mold also may leave a residual stain if it has been there for a long time. It may be necessary to have your grout cleaned thoroughly by us. We will remove all moldy silicone and caulking and replace it with mold resistant caulking. In some cases to remove residual staining grout must be mined out and replaced.
What to do to limit mold and mildew : There are a few things you can do on a regular basis to reduce mold and mildew.
- Air circulation - turn on vent immediately after a shower or bath, if possible open a window for increased circulation.
-wipe down surface area to make sure it is dry
- leave light on for at least 15 - 20 minutes after bath or shower
Concerned about Mold and Mildew? Call us for a free estimate to remove mold and mildew - 905-875-5161