We’ve all seen the dreaded black or pink mold appearing in our showers or along bathroom tiles. Mold thrives in moisture and darkness, so it should come as no surprise that we see it most often in our bathrooms. It looks unpleasant and seems to return time and time again, even when cleaned. But did you know it is more than just unsightly?
There are thousands of different types of mold, both toxic and nontoxic. However, studies have shown that even nontoxic mold can cause health problems, especially in children. You might even be experiencing mold or bacteria-related symptoms without even knowing it! Identifying the main types of bathroom mold and learning how to eliminate them will help keep you and your family safe.
Black mold or Stachybotrys is the most toxic family of molds. It is a fungus that multiplies and can cause very serious health problems, including mental impairment, circulatory problems, and damage to internal organs. Links have even been made between black mold and cancer. Since black mold reproduces asexually, it can create trillions of new mold spores within days. Yes, you read that correctly, trillions!
Similar looking to black mold is mildew. While they are both fungal, they are actually very different. Mildew does not carry with it the health concerns of black mold, though it has been shown to cause respiratory irritation. It has a musky smell and usually does not look as dark as black mold. It often grows on or in the caulk at the bottom of the shower and is very difficult if impossible to scrub away.
The good news? There are solutions. If recurring mold is an issue in your bathroom and you can’t seem to make it stay away, consider a steam cleaning treatment like that provided by The Grout Medic. Steam cleaning uses extremely high temperatures to eliminate and kill the mold and bacteria while sanitizing the entire area. Once cleaned and sanitized, The Grout Medic will follow that up with a grout sealant to keep future mold at bay while using 100% silicone caulk that contains the latest in mold inhibitor technology. Once you have the issue of mold in your home under control, preventing its return in the future will be much easier.
About The Grout Medic of West/Southwest Chicagoland
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