Some things are inevitable in life and unfortunately, molds are one of those things. They can easily turn a beautiful home into a gross haunted house. Moisture and a temperature range of 60-80 degrees are all that molds need to grow and thrive. Bathroom ceilings are most prone to molds because of the high percentage of moisture present. When it comes to molds they have almost 100,000 types but the most common ones found in bathrooms are 5. And fortunately, they can be removed if you follow the steps given below.
But first, let us look at what are those 5 types of molds.
Bathroom mold types
Molds are categorized as allergenic, pathogenic, or toxigenic. Some fungi can be edible such as yeast and mushrooms however, molds are not amongst them and can be very dangerous for your health.
Molds are mainly divided into three categories:
- Allergenic: you can get eye irritation, asthma, or skin irritation
- Pathogenic: it is often difficult to look for this type of mold and can cause disease
- Toxigenic: can cause serious health conditions because of the substances they produce
These are the 5 common types of molds that you need to look out for in your bathroom:
What is Acremonium: This type of mold is typically found in areas of the bathroom where there is water damage. Fortunately, this type of mold is slow-spreading and hence can be easily and timely caught and removed. The color of this mold varies from shades of grey, orange, white, pink, and it begins as a little moist substance and gradually evolves as a powdery matter.
What to do: If you find acremonium in your bathroom ceiling then first of all you should wear a protective mask and gloves because it can be dangerous for your health. Make water and bleach solution to get rid of it. Make sure that the area is properly ventilated as spores from the mold may release in the air and cause health issues. Spray the solution on the mold and with the help of a soft brush scrub it clean.
What is Aspergillus: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, and Aspergillus fumigatus are the usual varieties of aspergillus. They have a texture like cotton or wool and vary in colors from yellow-green to blue-green hues. You can get allergenic reactions from this kind of mold and if left untreated the effects can increase to serious health issues like Aspergillosis which is a kind of lung disease.
What to do: Apply a chemical or an antifungal treatment to get rid of it if you encounter aspergillus in your home or bathroom.
What is Aureobasidium: Most commonly found in bathrooms and kitchen aureobasidium varies in color from deep black to softer cream or pink hues. And it typically grows in the tile grout or caulking.
What to do: Be very careful and clean your house thoroughly and often if you want to prevent aureobasidium. And if they do grow never forget to wear gloves and a mask of good quality for maximum protection as the pores can react with your skin or through air passage go to your lungs.
What is chaetomium: This type of mold is typically hard to detect as it usually forms behind the walls under the wallpapers or carpets. Damp and humid conditions like that of a bathroom ceiling provide an ideal environment for the mold to grow. You can get both allergenic and pathogenic effects from chaetomium. Hay fever, asthma, and sinus issues are the most common signs that you may have chaetomium in your bathroom.
What to do: Call a mold removal expert immediately for an inspection and removal if you suspect the presence of the mold.
What is Penicillium: Blue-green, white, yellow, or pink hues, and powdery texture are the most visible signs of penicillium. It has a musty odor and grows where it finds moisture and bathrooms are its favorite thriving place. There is no doubt that penicillin has beneficial properties, however, penicillium can cause allergies, including hay fever and lung inflammation.
What to do: Mix together white vinegar, water, chlorine bleach in a bucket and put the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on your ceilings, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and with a hard brush scrub them.
What causes mold in bathroom ceiling
High humidity, surface structure, poor lighting, bad air circulation/ poor ventilation, or any fusion of these.
Bathrooms typically are the high humidity zones in the house hence more prone to molds. The water vapors from the steam rise up naturally and condense on the bathroom ceiling which traps moisture. Mold spores when rise with the warm air they come in contact with the moist ceiling surface and can start to reproduce.
Make sure that you reduce the humidity in your bathroom by having a proper ventilation system set up. Especially make sure to open windows and turn on the exhaust fan during and after taking a bath.
Molds also reproduce in dark areas and in shadowy places so make sure that your bathroom is well lit and all its corners receive adequate lighting.
How to remove mold from bathroom ceiling
There are quite a few ways that you can use to remove molds from your bathroom ceiling. Let us look at them but before you start the practical work make sure to take proper protection measures.
The area where you are working make sure that it has a proper ventilation system and wear protective clothing, such as a shower cap, rubber gloves, eye protection, overalls, suitable footwear, and a P1 or P2 face mask (available from your hardware store).
- In a bucket mix together 2 cups of water with half a cup of bleach
- Put the mixture in a spray bottle and
- Spray the solution on the area and use a scrub brush
Hydrogen peroxide solution
Hydrogen peroxide is a solution that can get rid of the mold and is less harsh as compared to bleach.
- Take 3 to 10 percent concentrated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)
- With the help of a spray bottle spray on the area where molds are present
This solution will work great on kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, floors, and walls.
Distilled white vinegar solution
- Put white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it directly on the mold
- Let it sit for an hour or so and then wipe down the area clean
- White vinegar is often used in combination with baking soda especially is the mold is tough
Hire an expert
If you’re dealing with dangerous, toxigenic mold, you should always contact a professional to handle it. Hire a mold expert who has the proper tool to rid your bathroom of these fungi.
Natural mold cleaner recipe
There are a lot of ways through which you can get rid of molds however the benefit of cleaning the molds in your bathroom naturally is that you can rest assure that no damage will be caused because no harsh chemicals are being used.
Apply this recipe which is basically in three steps.
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon tea tree oil
- Mix together vinegar and tea tree oil into a spray bottle and spray directly onto the mold
- Let it be there for at least 30 minutes (you can increase some time if the molds are tough)
- Do not scrub or touch the mold in that time period
- The acids in the vinegar will get rid of the mold and tea tree is a natural anti-fungal oil
- 1 cup of warm water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- Make a solution with water and baking soda in another spray bottle and spray directly onto the mold
- Let it stay there for at least 30 minutes
- Let the solution dry out completely on the mold
- Baking soda is a great agent that absorbs moisture and further prevent the build-up of molds
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 toothbrush
In a glass cup, pour in hydrogen peroxide
Submerge the toothbrush directly into peroxide and scrub the mold until it is gone
Clean the toothbrush with water if needed, and continue dipping the toothbrush into peroxide as needed
Wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth to ensure all the mold is removed and the surface is completely dry
How to remove mold from bathroom ceiling with vinegar
- Vinegar though has a very strong acidic smell and you can even dilute it by adding in some water to get rid of it however it always works best when it is directly poured or sprayed over the affected area.
- Let it sit there for a few hours, then using a hard scrub brush, scrub the mold to get rid of it.
- Make sure you dry out the area completely after the process.
- Do not worry about the pungent smell of vinegar with proper air ventilation it will go away in no time.
Studies have proven that white vinegar kills 82 percent of mold spores, along with viruses and bacteria. Vinegar also helps prevent mold if you directly spray it on surfaces and let it dry.
Is bathroom mold dangerous?
It all depends on the type of mold you are dealing with. Since molds have so many types many are even edible. However, some can be very lethal for your health if you ever come in direct contact with them and also very harmful to your house. It also varies from people to people some are very sensitive to molds and some people are not bothered at all. But it is always advised to stay away from molds and try not to inhale.
Few symptoms that mold can cause are:
- Lung infections
- Eye irritation
- Coughing and/or wheezing
- Asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath
- Throat irritation
- Skin irritation
- Nasal blockage
- Chronic conditions such as cancer, liver and kidney conditions, pulmonary bleeding
How to prevent mold in bathroom ceiling
Mold is an all too frequent sight we get to see in our homes and is absolutely inevitable. Luckily there are prevention tips that will help you remove these fungi and keep it away from your precious home.
As discussed earlier molds build up and grow in areas that are humid and not properly ventilated. So you should at all times ensure that areas like bathrooms that are more prone to humidity are always properly ventilated and humidity levels are kept below 50%. You can do this by getting a dehumidifier and/or by using an air conditioner.
Repair any leaks
The most common way due to which molds build-up is seeping water because of leakage. You may not get concerned over a few drops of leaking water however keep in mind that the gradual build of moisture continuously in any part of your bathroom will cause the molds to grow. So before that happens get any leaking tap, roof, or pipe repaired.
Tidy out after flooding
If unfortunately any pipe in your bathroom has burst and your bathroom is flooded then you should try to get rid of the water within 48 hours. After you have cleared out the major portion of water from your bathroom make sure to take a dry towel and remove the remaining water. Also using fans to dry out the area quickly to avoid further damage.
Ventilate areas prone to water
Areas such as bathrooms need maximum ventilation because the steam from a hot bath can cause a lot of damage due to mold build-up. So always remember to turn on the exhaust fan when taking a shower until all the steam is gone.