Removing Black Mold in Your Shower

There are several different types of mold that can grow in your bathroom due to a lack of cleaning and the sheer abundance of moisture in a room that holds your bathtub, shower, sink and toilet. While a good cleaning can keep most of this mold from growing, when left unchecked, soap scum, mildew, and, the worst of them all, black mold, can become more than a simple nuisance.

Black mold is quite different from normal soap scum and mildew. While the latter two can build up over time due to a combination of normal, every day use and poor cleaning habits, black mold is highly toxic and grows in areas with extreme moisture, such as the spots above your bathrub that are covered in tiles and are grouted into place. Yes, this area is grouted to prevent the moisture from seeping between the tiles, as well as to hold them in place on the wall, but, unfortunately, the grout itself can grow mold over time.

Standard soap scum and mildew can easily be cleaned through the use of a little elbow grease and some bathroom cleaning products, or by calling a housecleaning service. Black mold, on the other hand, cannot be cleaned. In order to remove it, your bathtub and any other contaminated areas of your bathroom need to be regrouted. This is a complicated process that involves removing the current grout — and in some cases the tiles themselves — the giving the area a thorough cleaning before replacing the tiles and regrouting the spaces between them. While you can tackle this yourself, it is best when done by a professional who has experience dealing with both black mold removal and bathroom repairs.

Since 1999, More Time for You, a Powell based business, has been providing house cleaning, handyman services and lawn care services in Dublin, Powell and the surrounding areas.

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