The VERY BEST way to get rid of BLACK MOLD in your shower

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Mould can be a tricky thing to keep under control. That's why it's best to catch it right away and learn how to remove mould the proper way, so it doesn't have a chance to return. Cleaning your bathroom routinely will have a positive effect on the overall state of your bathroom, but it will also keep mould away. Mould thrives in dark, warm and moist environments too so if you rid your bathroom of excess moisture, you'll also be able to deter the mould even further. John, from Our Home From Scratch, shares his method on how to remove mould from your shower area and how to replace any mouldy caulking from around your shower or bathtub. John says that he always uses a cleaning product containing bleach when he's cleaning up mould, something like Tilex. If you're going to use this, make sure you keep the windows open and your bathroom fan on to allow the air to ventilate. You can also wear a mask, goggles and gloves, not only to protect yourself from the cleaner but the mould too. Spray the area with your cleaner of choice, and you can let it sit for a few minutes so it can kill all of the mould spores. Then, take a cleaning brush and start to scrub the entire area really well. If you still have mould left after trying these cleaning tips, you're going to have to remove and replace the caulking.

Even though it sucks that you have to replace the caulking, you will be so much better off with a fresh start. Having new caulking means that no mould spores have infested it, so you're more likely to get rid of them completely. Plus, sometimes mould can really stain your white caulking leaving it looking permanently dirty, so this way, with new caulking, your shower will also look much cleaner too. So to remove the mouldy caulking, you can use a sharp knife or razor to scrape it out. You want to make sure that you're removing all of the caulk from the joints. Also, be sure to take care not to ruin your tiles. Once all of the caulking is removed, you'll then prepare the area for the new caulk. So next you'll thoroughly clean the area where the caulk was. You can spray it with your cleaner of choice and let it sit for a bit before you scrub it with a brush and then rinse it. Allow it to dry completely before you start to replace the caulking too. You could use a hair dryer on the hottest setting to speed up the process if you like. You need it to be dry so that the caulk will stick really well, but also so that you don't create an environment where mould can grow again.

Once the area is completely dry, tape off the area around the grout lines using painter’s tape, so things don't get too messy. As John says, it's best to use a high-quality silicone caulk that's specifically made for showers and bathrooms. The caulk he used actually guarantees that it will stay free of mould for several years after application. Next, you take the caulk and apply it in a thin bead which you can then level out with your finger. Then, you can remove the tape and clean up any messes and wait about 8 hours to use your shower or bathtub. Now that you've replaced all of the caulking in your shower, you should plan on cleaning your shower regularly, so you don't attract more mould. Try these cleaning tips and see how they work for you.***

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