How to Clean Black Mold from a Shower

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What You'll Need
Pair of rubber gloves
A clean cloth
Dish washing liquid
Cleaning brush
A strong detergent

You can clean black mold from a shower in a few simple steps. However, the task is considered by many to be irksome and relatively difficult. This could be due to the fact that there are different types of black mold, some of which are considered potentially dangerous. This type of mold should be removed by a professional. However, if the mold on your shower is the non-lethal type, such as Memnoniella or Stachybotrys, it can be removed by yourself. The cleaning of the non-toxic molds can be done easily by following the steps described below.

Step 1 - Take Appropriate Precautions

Wear protective gloves before starting with mold cleaning, and consider wearing a face mask since the mold contains spores which may cause problems related to health. It is also advisable to dismantle the shower and take it out into the open air so there is less chance of the spores spreading into the home. If you do this, the cleaning of the mold can be done without spreading it.

Step 2 - Wash the Shower

gloved hand pointing at shower mold

Squirt the liquid soap on the sponge which is already wet. If you do not want to use a commercially prepared soap, you may make a solution of two cups of water with half a cup of vinegar and half a cup of borax. This will also help in removing toxic mold. Wash the shower thoroughly in order to remove the dirt and soap scum that may have got stuck to it. Avoid using commercial cleaners as they may cause a reaction in later stages where bleach is used. Now use cold water to wash off the area thoroughly. Make sure no residue is left behind. After this is done, dry the shower with a piece of cloth.

Step 3 - Spray Bleach

Now fill the spray bottle with bleach which should be approximately 1/4 cup and water which should be approximately two quarts. Shake the spray bottle vigorously so the contents in it blend well. Now spray the area with mold using this solution. Care should be taken while using the bleach since it is toxic. Use it only if it is necessary. Leave it for 10 minutes on the moldy area. Wash it off thoroughly using cold water. No residue should remain on the area.

Step 4 - Use Laundry Detergent

Now use a strong detergent. Place a small amount on a brush. Make sure the gadget you are using does not scratch the surface of your shower for example wire gauze sponge should not be used. Use hot water to wash off the moldy area. Keep on scrubbing until the entire mold comes off. Also, ensure you have removed the detergent. Now, dry with a soft cloth and fix the shower back into its place.

You may want to rinse the area with running water completely before using the shower.