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How to Remove Mould from Grout and Caulk in Shower

by Modestas Mankus 11 Jul 2024
How to Remove Mould from Grout and Caulk in Shower

Finding mould in the shower is a major issue. From aesthetical to health problems, mould is a serious concern that needs to be fixed quickly through tried-and-true methods. In this guide, we'll focus on how to remove mould from grout and caulk in the shower.

1. Effective Mould Removal Techniques

There are several ways to remove mould in the bathroom. From doing it yourself to hiring a professional, all these methods are tested by DIY experts and homecare professionals.

Using a Mould Remover

As a primary option, you could opt to use a mould remover. This typically comes in a bottle or a spray containing strong chemicals such as bleach. To apply it, spray it on the mouldy caulk, bathroom sealant, or grout. Let it sit for a few minutes, and rub it away with a disposable cloth or fabric.

Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands from skin irritation. Also, ensure no animals or humans touch the affected areas after application.

Using Vinegar to Remove Mould

Luckily for most, vinegar is a common condiment in the household. While it can be combined with some tasty dishes, it has many uses as an acetic acid, such as removing dirt from surfaces or removing mould from caulk or grout.

To apply it, you can either spray it on or use a brush or a cloth that you're happy to throw away. After applying it, you should leave it for an hour and wipe it clean, and most of the mould should be gone.

Using Baking Soda to Remove Mould

Baking soda is an alternative to removing mould from caulk and grout. To use baking soda, simply mix it with water to form a paste. It shouldn't be too thick so that it can be easily brushed on. Apply it on the mouldy parts of the caulk or grout, scrub it with a stiff brush, rinse the affected area with warm water, and let it dry. Make sure to wipe it clean afterwards with a piece of fabric.

2. Preventing Mould Growth in the Shower

Several things can be done to prevent mould growth in the shower. For example, you could install an extractor fan. This will aid with ventilation, which is essential for keeping mould away from your bathroom and shower.

Opening the windows and doors after a steamy shower or bath is another great way to prevent mould from forming. We also recommend opening a window throughout the day or night to ensure a constant flow of clean air, which is also better for your health.

Lastly, wipe down any wet tiles or surfaces covered in water. This will stop the moisture from forming any nasty mould.

3. Quick Fixes for Mouldy Grout and Caulk

While properly fixing the mould problem is a priority, sometimes you may need a quick way to cover it up or remove it. Here are quick ways to eliminate mould in your shower and bathroom.

  • Use mould remover
  • Use Baking soda/vinegar
  • Use diluted bleach (similar to mould remover)

4. Essential Tools for Mould Removal

When it comes to mould removal, using tools around your house can make the process easier. Here is a list of some essential tools for mould removal.

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Mask
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Sanding block

5. Step-by-Step Guide to Removing Mould in Shower

If you're stuck with the overall process of removing mould or getting frustrated at choosing the best option, here is our step-by-step guide on how to remove mould in the shower.

  1. Before you start, make sure to wear gloves, a mask, and some goggles to protect against the mould or any corrosive substances from the mould remover.
  2. Using a mould remover, spray the affected grout and caulk.
  3. Wait a few minutes for the mould remover to do its thing.
  4. Using a clean cloth and some warm water, wipe away the mould and the chemicals of the affected areas.

6. Natural Remedies for Mould in Grout and Caulk

As mentioned above, the best natural remedies for removing mould in grout and caulk are vinegar and baking soda. These two items will most likely already be in your home, making it even better as a cost-efficient option in getting rid of mould.

7. Maintaining a Mould-Free Shower Space

To maintain a mould-free shower space, here is a list of essential things to do every day.

  1. Open windows after a shower
  2. Wipe down wet tiles and surfaces
  3. Use your bathroom fan (if you don't have one, get one installed)
  4. Hang your towels
  5. Use a dehumidifier
  6. Replace old caulk with brand-new bathroom caulk

8. Long-term Solutions to Preventing Mould in the Bathroom

Preventing mould in a bathroom is much easier than we think. Here are a few long-term solutions.

  • Always ensure windows are open after a shower
  • Use a dehumidifier in your bathroom and throughout your home
  • Make sure towels and bathroom mats are regularly cleaned for good hygiene
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