How do you prevent black mold in showers?

What easy to use product do you use to prevent and remove the growth of black mold on shower grout without having to scrape or recaulk or extensively foam the whole thing?


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17 thoughts on “How do you prevent black mold in showers?”

  1. i always find that ordinary household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) works as well as anything. just apply a bit (wearing gloves!) to affected areas, wait 10 mins then rinse off thoroughly. not only does bleach kill mold spores it also bleaches white any black mildewed areas so they look like new again. It’s also a lot cheaper than special mold/mildew removers that you can buy.

  2. A mix of 1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water and sprayed on the area will help, but the problem is the constant high humidity in the area that is allowing the growth. A ventilation fan should be used and a de-humidifier may be needed, particularly if shower is in a basement.

  3. We mix bleach with water in a spray bottle. That really does work. But, we bought this new product at Home Depot the other day, Tile and Grout Magic, and it really worked just as good as bleach does and doesn’t smell quite as strong. Use a hard brush and the key is to do it weekly, otherwise it can get so bad that scrubbing will be very difficult.
    However, if the black mold has been there for long enough to have really gone through the grout, then you may have to recaulk the shower. Mold grows downward and sometimes scrubbing only gets it out of the surface. Hope it helps!

  4. to prevent it, try to keep the area dry all the time.after shower,wipe it. if not,use a used tootbrush to reach in deep parts.

  5. To prevent the mold…you need to clean it more often. Bring softscrub and an abrasive sponge with you into the shower and right before you shower, clean the shower, or at least 1/2 of the shower, and then do the other half another time. Do this about once a week or more. You shouldn’t have any more problems. Softscrub with bleach that’s a gel works best.

    For your problem now…use bleach and hydrogen peroxide with a gentle, but firm touch with an abrasive sponge. Leave the Clorox and peroxide on there for a good five minutes and then scrub it off. This should work great. You can also put these chemicals together into one spray bottle and then spray it on heavily everywhere in your shower. It works great on grout and you’ll be able to see it bubble up and work right before your eyes.

    Oh…for cracks and small places to clean, use an old toothbrush.

    Good luck!

  6. I read that an environmental specialist said never to use bleach to clean up mold. There is evidence that the mold spore is only killed on the surface with the bleach, and it then turns into a deadly variety of mold that continues to grow in its place. He suggested only cleaning mold up with Borax and water or vinegar. Vinegar is a known natural disinfectant and effectively kills mold.

  7. Well this is easy to do first when you have had a shower you use one of those shower squeege so mold and mildew do not have a chance to grow and leave a window open while taking a shower or use a fan to extract the steam from the bathroom, now I can tell you how to remove it, Fight mold and mildew

    To remove and inhibit bathroom mold and mildew, pour a solution of 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 teaspoon borax, and 2 cups hot water into a clean, recycled spray bottle and give it a few good shakes. Then spray the mixture on painted surfaces, tiles, windows, or wherever you see mold or mildew spots. Use a soft scrub brush to work the solution into the stains or just let it soak in.

    Good Luck !

  8. I would remove the old caulking and start with fresh caulking and then clean the shower at least once a week and the black mold should not reform. use amonia to clean and actually do it once a week.

  9. Bleach and water mixed, or one of the mold removers such as Tile X. After removal, do a daily spray after use of shower, tub, or whatever with Clean Shower by Arm & Hammer, and it will prevent the growth of the mold.

  10. get yourself a spray bottle put half bleach half water spray down the area and walk away no scrubbing etc. do like 1 time a week but make sure good ventilation bleach can be strong smelling

  11. Start by soaking the black areas with bleach, then scour with an old toothbrush. Want a shortcut? Check out the Bathroom SonicScrubber, $13, sonicscrubber.com. Basically an electric toothbrush for your tile, this tool blasts off dirt, mold and mildew. Plus, it’s small enough to fit into hard-to-reach places, like behind the faucet.

  12. tilex will help but if its the first time using it you are gonna have to scrub. spray it on and let it set for awhile then scrub it. afterwards, just spray tilex on it and you wont have to scrub

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