Mold growing anywhere in your house can be dangerous and should be removed. Given the humidity in your bathroom it's an easy place for mold to grow and spread. This guide is about cleaning and removing mold from your shower walls.
When I went to re-caulk my tub over spring break (yes, my life is that exciting!), I went into my local neighborhood hardware store to gather supplies. The ever-helpful employees shared with me their favorite way of getting rid of the mold and mildew after scraping out the old caulk and replacing it with new caulk: X-14. Yes, it's incredibly caustic, but it does the job like nothing else I've ever tried!
I sprayed everything down, turned to the sink to wet my sponge and by the time I turned back, everything resembling mold, mildew, or soap scum was gone. You do need to be very careful not to inhale these fumes. I personally open the window, turn on the fan, hold my breath, spray the X-14 where needed and run for the hills! I just hope nobody's watching me while I'm using this product. :) If you're desperate to clean up the tub, X-14 is the answer.
By Kristen from Grand Rapids, MI
I have used X-14 for many years. Nothing has come on the market to beat it. I'm with you ... I open all the windows, turn on the fans, spray the X-14 and run. A few hours out shopping gets the job done. I have tried the new mold busters and noticed the mold comes back in a couple weeks. With X-14 it comes back in a couple of years. I have had the same spray bottle for at least a decade.
What is X-14? Who puts it out? Sounds great, I've nver heard of it before. I wonder if the "Depot" has it.
A very easy way to remove mold from the corner of bath tub wall is explained here. Have the Clorox bleach, not the bathroom cleaner, but the laundry bleach, in a small paper cup and pour this on the mold and around the tub corner. Leave it 10 minutes and then rinse the place with water. Then do the regular cleaning with your bathroom cleaner. You will get amazing results.
You can put the bleach in the spray bottles and spray on the shower walls. Then rinse with water. Then do the regular cleaning.
Concentrate on a small area at a time time, because the bleach has a heavy smell. Be careful about getting it on your hands and in your eyes. Do open the door and window.
By chellammal from Alpharetta, GA
Please be very careful to NEVER mix any product containing bleach with any product containing ammonia. The combination can be deadly! Even the cleaning wipes may contain ammonia compounds. Best to use only one product at a time, and be sure to have lots of ventilation!
I am in the middle of Hurricane Irene country and one thing on all the donation request lists is bleach. There are times when bleach is the most effective mold killer. Of course it should be used properly and with caution, as should any cleaning product. I think for these unfortunate people the mold in their houses is much more dangerous than the bleach.
The only solution for getting rid of mold in the bathroom on tile, tub, or any other hard or porous surface is lemons or lemon juice. I recently read where someone had thought bleach was the answer. At one time so did I, until I had children.
Please don't use bleach! It is very caustic. Instead, buy a 32 oz bottle of hydrogen peroxide and buy and empty 32 oz sprayer bottle at Wal Mart. Remove the sprayer head and place on the hydrogen peroxide bottle and spray.
Krud Kutter will remove the mold overnight! Just spray on the surface and let it stand overnight. I get water in my garage when the rain is heavy and mold forms on the 'dry wall' and the wood frame it sits on. I spray the Krud Kutter on and the next day, mold is gone!
Bleach kills mold but you need to find out why it's there in the first place and do something to prevent or it'll come back.
We have mold on the walls above our shower. What's the best way to remove the mold and to prevent it from coming back?
Wash the area down with a solution of Chlorine Bleach & Water and then apply KILZ Primer to the surface and repaint. (Available in Paint Depts., even Wallyworld)
I second what Cajun said--works great! A tip for cleaning the ceiling above the shower of mold: make up some bleach water in a bucket and use a foam-head mop to swab it down. Make sure you've squeezed out the mop enough beforehand so it doesn't drip on you.
My shower stall has wet-wall similar to kitchen counter tops. The wall covering has developed a slight bloom any ideas how to clean this?
Thanks in advance.
By Tizzyfluff from Fife, Scotland
Bleach, that is all Tilex is, it's scented bleach.
1 Part Hydrogen Peroxide to 2 parts water. Let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing!
I've never actually tried this method, I just recently found it online! But if you are looking for a homemade recipe, I suggest trying this one first!
How do I clean mold from my bathroom tiles?
Well, Tilex is about the best product to use (assuming you are in the U.S.). It is strong and I wouldn't use it frequently. Vinegar is supposed to also work, I haven't tried it. Vinegar mixed with water and use regularly.
Vinegar or the hydrogen peroxide you purchase in the brown bottle from the pharmacy or market work really well along with a plastic scrubber and little elbow grease ;-) Whatever you do please don't use chlorine bleach or any product that contains chlorine bleach because it has recently been proven to be dangerous to your health. You can Google 'Is it safe to use bleach to clean mold' for details.
When we moved into this house, the shower tiles had a lime buildup and mold. Each time I clean with a bleach cleaner, the tiles turn orange/brown which is then very difficult to remove. This doesn't happen in other areas where there is no build up. How can I clean the shower without this happening and kill the mold, too?
If you have lime buildup then you need to use an acid cleaner to get rid of it. Probably full strength vinegar will do the trick, but if it doesn't, try CLR. That should also take care of the mold. If it doesn't, you can also use bleach on another occasion. Do not use these products together.
Don't use bleach. I know it's been used for decades in the belief it got rid of mold. Recent studies have shown all it does is 'bleach' the mold to white/clear. The spores are still alive therefore it will come back. Consider using full strength vinegar sprayed on to get rid of the calcium buildup.
If the mold is on the putty around the enclosure, take it off and put new putty on. If it's on a curtain, of course, replace it. I spray vinegar on the entire enclosure after each use of the tub/shower. I no longer have a problem with either buildup nor mold.
We are getting ready to move into a house, but there is a lot of work that has to be done first. We recently tore the entire bathroom out from the floors to the ceiling. It will be a whole new make-over. The bathtub is fine, it just needs to be cleaned really well. It is filthy, but the dirt wipes off. Now on the outside of the tub surround there is mold. What can I do to safely remove and prevent if from coming back?
By Kristi from Columbus, OH
Use a 50/50 bleach/water solution in a bucket. Use hot but not scalding water. Take a stiff bristled handheld bathtub brush and alternate between dipping the brush in the bucket and scrubbing at the mold until it is all gone. The bleach should remove the stain left by the mold. If not you can try some concentrated bleach on a white rag, wearing gloves. Be careful not to damage the caulk. If the caulk is leaking in any way, remove, clean and re-caulk. Rinse clean with water and you should be good to go.
I need a homemade recipe for a small problem of mold in the shower. It is on the wall at one side. The shower is a tile shower. Thank you.
By Sue from Leesburg, FL
Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and scrub with an old toothbrush. Works for me. (12/22/2010)
I fought shower mold for 10 years or so with every sort of cleaner, purchased and homemade, and some of the mold would never completely go away, plus it took a lot of work. Then when I finally started drying the shower walls and door with a towel after each shower, the mold quickly died and disappeared. My shower stays spotless now, and the only 'cleaner' that gets used is the soap and water that hits it when I'm showering, lol, can't get easier than that! (12/22/2010)
We used to have a handyman business. We would get calls for reoccurring mold in bathrooms. We would abate the mold and let the area dry out for several days then painted the whole bathroom with a mold retardant paint which you can get tinted to the color you want at paint stores. It is a little costly, but we never had a call back. We also told the client to leave the bath fan on for awhile after showering and get a small fan for circulation. (12/25/2010)
Is there a mold found in showers that is pink ? What is it and will a little bleach get rid of it?