A damp environment is a germ’s best friend, and your bathroom sees a lot of moisture day in, day out. For an area like this that is highly trafficked, as well as damp most days, your regular spray and clean just isn’t enough. By taking a few extra precautions, you can help to avoid mold and mildew, as well as arm yourself to blast it if it ever becomes a problem in your bathroom.
How to clean up mold
If your bathroom has existing mold or mildew, ridding the room of invaders is important. Not only are they germs that can destroy what they’re growing on, but it is also unsightly and can smell unpleasant. Get rid of mold and mildew by following the steps below, and then follow our tips to make sure it stays at bay.
What to clean mold with?
We would recommend using a specialized formula such as Lysol® Mold and Mildew Blaster:
Step 1: Apply to a pre-cleaned surface and spray until thoroughly wet
Step 2: Allow the cleaner to set for 5 minutes
Step 3: Allow to air dry.
You can repeat applications at weekly intervals, or simply when mold and mildew growth appears.
How to avoid mold and mildew
Once you have got rid of your mold and mildew, make sure you follow these steps to stop it from coming back again.
Moving air: With all the humidity that collects in the bathroom, airing out your bathroom is one of the best ways to battle mold and mildew. Make sure you always run your ventilation fan during and after showers, and keep the bathroom door open when it is not being used to allow fresh air to come in, circulate and push the damp air out.
Stay on top of your shower: Your shower and curtains or doors tend to get wet and stay wet, making them magnets for mold and mildew. To keep it from forming, always store a small squeegee in the shower and try to wipe down your walls (and shower doors!) after every shower. This will stop there being so much water left there, and therefore make it less likely for mold and mildew to form.
If you have vinyl shower curtains, you should toss them in the wash regularly, providing they’re fabric and machine washable. If they’re not, clean them daily with a germ-killing product such as Lysol® Mold and Mildew Blaster instead.
Tame germ-breeding towels: The most important bathroom habit for everyone in your family to follow isn’t the never-ending seat-up, seat-down battle – it’s not leaving wet towels on the floor. This practice encourages mold to grow easily, which not only lingers in the air, but also ends up on the next person that uses the towel. Some rules for your wet towels are:
- Hang up towels right after drying
- Launder towels and replace them with fresh ones every 3 to 5 uses (this is not the same as every 3 to 5 days).
Ditch carpets and soft mats: Hard surfaces are fairly easy to keep clean. Soft, porous surfaces – not so much. While a carpeted bathroom might be luxurious, it’s a veritable field day for mold and mildew. The same goes for plush bathmats and carpet runner catch-alls.
So, consider replacing any bathroom carpets with tile, laminates or linoleum for easier cleaning and germ maintenance. If you can’t bring yourself to trade your soft bath rug for a plastic or gel model, make sure it’s laundered as frequently as your towels to keep mold and mildew at a minimum.
Use Lysol® Disinfectant Spray: You can also use Lysol® Disinfectant Spray to control and prevent the spread of mold and mildew, as well as its nasty odor. Simply pre-clean the surface, hold can 6” to 8” inches from surface and spray for 3 to 4 seconds until covered with mist. Let it stand for 3 minutes before allowing to air dry. Repeat applications at weekly intervals, or simply when mold and mildew growth appears.
Please note: Always use Lysol® products as directed on the label.
With these tips and the help of Lysol®, make sure your bathroom can go back to being a place of calm, rather than a collecting place for germs.