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bathroom mold removal tips

Bathroom mold removal is among the least desirable chores in the house.

After all, when faced with the ominous-looking black growth between tiles or caulk, who hasn't been just a bit tempted to cut and run?!

If that could solve the mold and mildew mess, I'd cut and run with you. Alas, once returned we'd find this living menace to clean society taken over the bathroom - and probably the whole house.

So instead, let's just deal with these nasty interlopers now and send them packing - stat - so we can stay put.

1. start by opening the bathroom window.

Start by opening the window, if you have one. If you don't, grab a fan and position it so that it blows clean air from other rooms inside.

2. mix a bleach and water bathroom mold removal solution.

Put on your gloves, then mix a mold removal solution of 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water in a bucket. Swirl it around gently with your gloved hand, making sure none of the solution splashes out onto nearby surfaces.

While bleach is a key player in mold removal, it can also remove color from carpeting and bath mats. So be sure items in your bathroom that could be stained are removed before you begin. If you have carpeting outside your bathroom, plan your post mold clean up so that there's no chance of dripping the cleaning solution on your way out.

3. fill a second bucket with clean water for rinsing.

This will be the water you use after your mold cleanup cleaning to rinse away the cleaning solution.

4. apply the bathroom mold removal solution to the areas of mold and mildew.

Using a sponge or rag, apply the mold removal mix to walls, tile or grout - wherever mold has grabbed a toehold.

5. let sit for 15 minutes.

Let the solution to sit on surfaces with mold or mildew for at least 15 minutes to allow it enough time to do its job.

6. rinse the surfaces of mold and mildew.

Rinse the bleach solution completely from the tile or grout surface, using the second bucket of clean water.

7. thoroughly dry cleaned surfaces.

Dry the cleaned areas in your bathroom completely. You can use old rags, paper towels, or a fan.

8. if you can still smell mold or mildew, repeat steps above.

Repeat the surface cleaning routine above if you can still see or smell mold or mildew after cleaning.

9. practice prevention against future mold and mildew.

Once the mold and mildew have been removed, consider using mold inhibiting solutions, such as vinegar, to regularly clean bathroom surfaces, especially walls and bathroom tiles.

Keep bathroom humidity below 55 percent if you can.

Don't become numbers-bound here; simply turning on the bathroom fan for 15 minutes after your shower or bath will significantly lower the bathroom humidity.

Mildew resistant paint, or mold killing paint, can also be applied to keep these unwanted growths out. And of course, regular bathroom cleaning is key to keeping any growths out of your bathroom.

Ready to get started? Check out the mold and mildew cleaning tools and products in the Clean Organized Home Store.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.