There's nothing like the dreaded chore of cleaning your bathroom at the end of the week. Even though your bathroom may be the smallest room in your home, it often harbors the most germs - especially mold. Mold is a fungi that grows in dark, moist places in your home so it's no coincidence that you'll find it most commonly in your bathroom. Although most mold isn't deadly, if you have babies, allergies or are an elderly person, you are most at risk. The list of repercussions, particularly from black mold, can be extensive. Allergic reactions, flu, body aches, fever and lung infections are only a few of the most common black mold symptoms.
Black mold typically loves to linger near leaky toilets, sinks, damp rugs, damp grout lines and wallpaper. If you're not properly ventilating your bathroom after showers or baths you're more at risk.
Spotting black mold can be tricky, however there are a few tell-tale signs you can look for:
- Earthy, sour smell - Any time you smell a sour, musky smell in your bathroom, it's probably a good indicator that black mold is decomposing your bathtub, toilet area or walls. Don't breathe this toxic smell in. Use a mask to cover up your mouth and nose while you're cleaning.
- Ants- If you find ants in your bathroom, you probably have black mold hidden underneath the tile of your floorboards. Ants, just like mold, gravitate towards moist environments.
- Slimy, dark green or black appearance - Black mold will often look muddy and slimy and will most likely be found in the corners and crevices in your bathroom.
As serious as this little fungi can be, if you're regularly cleaning and ventilating your bathroom you'll have a better chance of preventing this problem from happening in your home. If you'd like to know more about how to clean black mold in your bathroom, check out this infographic by Glass Tile Store.