Bathroom mold is a big problem for many people, especially black mold on your bathroom ceiling. In this blog post I’m going to share with you how to get rid of mold on bathroom ceiling especially above your shower.
How to get rid of mold on bathroom ceiling?
What is black mold?
There are different types of mold and not all are bad for us. Good mold can be found on certain cheeses and also in penicillin. Moss in your garden is a form of mold too! You can read more about mold in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Black mold on your bathroom ceiling isn’t safe for your health and the structure of your home.
Why is there black mold on my bathroom ceiling?
Before we look at how to get rid of mold on bathroom ceiling, it’s a good idea to understand why we get black mold on our bathroom ceiling especially above the shower.
Mold grows wherever there is moisture and warmth and it loves places like bathrooms, basements and crawl spaces.
If you live in a tropical or humid climate then you would know all about humidity levels and how easily mold can grow.
There is black mold on your bathroom ceiling most likely because the humidity level in your bathroom is high. Most people don’t realize they have a humidity problem until they see black mold growing and by then it can be too late to remove it if there’s a lot of it.
Black mold on your bathroom ceiling is caused by:
-Poor air circulation caused by keeping the bathroom door closed and not opening a window or using an exhaust fan
-Moisture in the bathroom caused by water in the shower or in the bathroom basin after they have been used
-Dripping shower head or bathroom faucet that haven’t been turned off properly
-Although not that common in bathrooms, if there is old food in the bathroom trash can this can lead to mold growth in the bathroom
-Warm air in the bathroom also leads to mold growth as mold prefers warmer temperatures
The process of condensation is what causes mold to grow on your bathroom ceiling. Warm air rises and when it hits the cold ceiling, it turns into moisture. Eventually the moisture turns into black mold.
We’re going to share how to get rid of mold on bathroom ceilings and prevent it from returning.
If you have black mold on your bathroom ceiling, the best thing to do is to remove the mold and also implement some practices to prevent it from growing back again.
Why is black mold dangerous?
Black mold leads to health issues such as respiratory infections and allergies. People who are exposed to black mold end up with a stuffy nose, coughing, sneezing and itchy skin and eyes. Those with asthma and other existing respiratory conditions could experience other serious reactions to black mold.
How to get rid of mold on bathroom ceiling
We recommend assessing the situation first and deciding whether it is safe for you to remove the mold yourself or whether you need to hire professionals to do it for you. You may need to use a ladder to reach the ceiling and this can be a safety hazard especially if you need to place the ladder inside your shower.
The issue with removing mold is you need to protect yourself so that you don’t end up inhaling mold spores but also protect the structure of your home as you’re cleaning.
Before cleaning the mold, use protective clothing and equipment such as a face mask, goggles and gloves. We also recommend having a second person with you to help you stabilise the ladder and help you as you are cleaning the mold.
Open the window in the bathroom and shut off any vents to prevent any mold spores in the air from getting into other rooms in the home. Switch on the exhaust fan if there is one.
Clean the moldy area with a mixture of mild detergent and warm water. Let the area dry before you begin the mold removal process.
Decide which cleaning materials you will use such as vinegar, bleach, or baking soda. Apply the cleaning material to the mold area and leave it for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, gently wipe or scrub the mold off the ceiling. You may need to go through this process a second time.
How to remove mold from bathroom ceiling with vinegar
Vinegar is very effective at removing bathroom mold, so we recommend using vinegar to remove mold from your bathroom ceiling.
When using vinegar, dilute the vinegar with water in a small spray bottle. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, use a face mask and you can add a couple of drops of essential oil to the mixture. This will help disguise the strong vinegar odor.
Spray the mold on the ceiling with the vinegar solution and leave it for about 20 minutes before wiping the surface with a damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.
Once you’ve removed the mold you will need to treat the area to prevent mold from growing. Apply borax to the ceiling and leave it to dry as this should stop mold from growing back so easily.
Be careful of any structural damage to the ceiling which might not become apparent until you start cleaning.
If it’s just a small area of mold then you should be able to clean the mold off without too many issues. But if it is a large space, we recommend hiring a professional.
The next step is to take preventative measures!
How to remove mold from bathroom ceiling and prevent it returning
There are many things you can do to prevent black mold growing on your bathroom ceiling. Some of these are no cost or low cost methods, but some may require time and money.
Now that you know how to get rid of mold on bathroom ceilings you can implement some practices to stop it returning.
After a shower or bath, open the window in the bathroom and the bathroom door. If there isn’t a window in the bathroom, use an exhaust fan or a dehumidifier. Many bathrooms come with a light that also includes an exhaust fan. You can purchase a small bathroom dehumidifier from Amazon. They aren’t very expensive.
If you have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, you can use it while you’re having a shower or bath especially during the summer.
Paint your bathroom with water-proof paint, especially the ceiling. This will stop the ceiling absorbing moisture from condensation.
Clean your bathroom regularly, at least once a week. Using cleaning products that are effective for mold removal and prevention such as vinegar, tea tree oil or baking soda.
Try to dry wet surfaces in your bathroom. Have a dry cloth to wipe down the bathroom basic and use a glass squeegie or a micro cloth to wipe dry the shower screen.
If there are leaking taps or pipes in the bathroom, make sure that these are fixed. A leaking faucet or shower head leads to water dripping and creating wet surfaces.
Don’t use carpet in your bathroom as it’s a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. Wet areas should not have carpeted floors.
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