Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Cleaning Mold in Tile Grout
There is nothing pretty about this post. No eye-candy, no jaw-dropping before-and-after photos. Just the reality of a bathroom being used by two teenage girls. For those of you who have teen and preteen girls, you know what I'm talking about. Not only does it get messy, but sometimes it gets downright gross! Such is the case with my daughters' shower. I recently found a small spot of mold in it that, as hard as I tried, I just couldn't scrub away. Fast forward about two months, and that one small spot had turned into this:
Despite the fact that I regularly clean the tub and shower, and even have everything professionally cleaned every other week, these little moldy lines made their way the whole way around the tub. My search for a solution lead me to this post from Modern Day Moms (MDM). I modified MDM's instructions to utilize what I had on hand, which happened to be bleach and sponges.
After changing into some old clothing and rubber gloves, I cut my sponges into strips and soaked them in a disposable pan (MDM advises us to avoid using plastic) filled with bleach. I then placed the bleach soaked strips all along the offending area (basically the whole tub) and let them sit for about two hours.
When I removed the sponges, I had this:
The mold was completely gone! Not bad for two minutes worth of work. I finished by rinsing off the bleach and then drying the area.
I'm hoping to stay on top of our mold issues in the future, but if it somehow gets ahead of me, I'll know just what to do.