How to Prevent Mold on Bathroom Walls and Ceilings
It’s important to prevent mold from developing inside the bathroom. Mold can not only damage the integrity of a structure, but it can cause health risks, especially for those with allergies or respiratory illness. Although it’s fairly common for bathrooms to have molds, it is still necessary to take steps to clean and prevent it. Mold grows in wet and humid conditions, which makes the bathroom a favorable environment for this type of growth. Follow the steps and tips below to remove mold and prevent it from growing back on your bathroom walls and ceiling.
Step 1: Rinse the Affected Area
Identify the part where molds begin to develop. Rinse it with water.
Step 2: Apply Beach
Mix bleach with water. The ratio should be 50:50. Make sure the solution is properly stirred before applying. Using a scrub, rub the surface with mold thoroughly.
Step 3: Rinse the Scrubbed Part
Make sure you rub the surface meticulously. Rinse the area and repeat the procedure until all the molds come off.
Step 4: Dry the Area
Using a bathroom fan or a blower, make sure that the scrubbed and rinsed area dries up quickly. Leaving moisture to dry on its own will only encourage mold to grow back. Also turn on the exhaust fan to make sure that moisture completely escapes out of the bathroom.
Note: Every time you take a bath or use the bathroom, it’s best to turn on the exhaust fan. This will prevent moisture from building up.
Step 5: Apply a Coat of Mold-Inhibiting paint
These days, you can already purchase a paint with anti-microbial additives or mold-inhibiting paint. This type of paint is specially designed to prevent molds from growing on the surface on which it is used. Apply a decent coat over your walls.
For molds growing near the caulk area of the sink, you may bleach this part. Otherwise the whole sink should be replaced. For molds on the grout, it’s best to use a mildew remover. Scrub this area using a brush. The following tips should also help ensure that molds don't develop or grow to alarming levels:
- Regularly check for leaks. Since moisture and water encourage the growth of molds any leaks in the bathroom can provide a favorable environment for molds to grow.
- Regularly clean the surfaces of the bathroom. This should help get rid of any developing molds.