Pink Mold Removal Tipsby Alana Morein
Most people who’ve experienced pink mold believe it’s a fungus. However, it’s actually an airborne bacterium known as Serratia Marcescens. And, because this type of bacteria contains mold it also prefers damp conditions and can be found in bathrooms (think tile grout).
So, in order to remove this nasty substance, you can clean it just as you would when you’re dealing with bathroom mold. There are many different types of commercial products available on the market, but if you’re on a budget, you can try a few of these ideas.
Many people believe that bleach is the solution to every household-cleaning problem there is. While there are a lot of debates as to whether it can clean everything, it’s still number one on the list despite its dangerous vapors. If you still favor bleach you can try getting rid of mold by mixing one cup of regular household bleach with one gallon of water to use as a solution.
You should at least open all of the windows in or near your bathroom to at least minimize some of the irritation that this chemical can cause. Also, be sure to wear a pair of rubber gloves to prevent skin irritations and other problems. Also you should invest in some scrubbing brushes or an old toothbrush that you can easily throw away.
You can then apply the bleach solution using a scrub brush to get down in those hard to reach areas. Once you’ve applied the bleach, let it set for at least 10 minutes and then rinse with clean water. If you find there is still some of the pinkish bacteria on your shower walls you may need to repeat the steps. After the final rinse, you’ll then want to dry the area with a clean rag.
If you prefer something that doesn’t involve the use of dangerous fumes, a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water can work just as well. You can use the same method as the bleach solution when applying it to the affected area.
Another solution that many people swear by is a boric acid solution. Spray the solution to the affected areas and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Next, scrub the area with a brush to really clean the hard to reach areas. Next, spray the solution again and let it sit for another 5 minutes. Then, rinse the area with clean water and dry with a rag.
To prevent future pink mold in your bathroom or other areas of the home, remember all molds enjoy warm and wet places. Investing in a bathroom fan and opening the windows every time you bathe or shower can reduce mold growth. Also, drying off shower walls and the bathtub can help. Or for showers, you can even invest in a simple squeegee to wipe down walls and shower doors after every use.