If you are preparing your Windsor homes for rent, there is no doubt that you want a clean and healthy house for your tenants. This is particularly true in bathrooms, especially in older homes. One of the worst things a renter can find when walking through a property is discovering mold in the bathroom. While this is one of the most common problems in any rental property, or home for that matter, it is easy to fix unless it gets out of hand.
First of all, mold occurs and makes itself at homes in areas that are damp and isolated. In bathrooms, you will find mold in showers, bathtubs and under sinks. If it is a serious problem, you can often smell mold. Lingering moisture can be caused by lack of ventilation which is usually the number one cause for mold growth. And if you have it in the bathroom, more than likely it is elsewhere in the rental house as well.
To prepare for renters, you want to make sure all evidence of mold is gone and ensure that it won’t come back. If necessary, you may need to do anyone of the following:
1. For any mold in caulking, you must strip away and replace.
2. For successfully getting rid of mold, use products such as vinegar, bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Read the rules carefully and clean only in a well ventilated room.
3. Make sure windows and doors stay open not only when cleaning, but whenever possible to air out the room.
4. If your rental bathroom doesn’t have an exhaust fan, then you should consider installing one.
5. If mold has been a problem, consider painting the bathroom with a semi-gloss paint or a mold inhibiting paint. You can get more information on this from your local paint store or hardware store. This makes it harder for mold to grow.
Mold spreads quickly and it doesn’t go away on its own unless it is removed and then followed up with a thorough cleaning so it doesn’t come back. That is why, as a landlord, you want to make sure you have no leaky faucets or dripping or standing water anywhere.
For those renting a home, the best way to keep mold out of the bathrooms is the following:
1. Use a mildew-resistant shower curtain. Make sure you wash and replace it frequently.
2. Don’t forget about bathroom rugs. They get damp and often sit in dark rooms. It’s a perfect place for mold to grow.
3. Mold likes to hide and grow, so remove bottles of shampoo or shower gel, any children’s bath toys or shower loofah from the shower.
4. Use the ventilation fan whenever you bathe or shower. Don’t turn it off for at least 20 minutes after your bath.
5. Pour a little bleach down your bathtub and shower every 4- 5 months. This prevents mold from taking hold.
6. Clean and dust bathroom regularly. Did you know that dust is a food source for mold? A bathroom must be clean at least once a week? Spraying bathroom cleaner in sinks, toilets, baths and showers and wiping counters with disinfect cleaners can usually keep mold away. Don’t forget about wiping bathroom walls as well as mold can grow here and spread to ceiling.
7. Periodically check for leaks. The minute you see something is wrong, contact your landlord immediately. The same is true for slow drainage problems.
8. It’s not uncommon to have water on the floor after a bath or shower, especially if you have children. Wipe away quickly, especially near shower doors.
For both landlords and renters, the problem of bathroom mold is common. Not only does it affect the appearance of the bathroom, but if unchecked, it can grow into the walls and other rooms. It simply won’t go away and that creates a much bigger problem. Not only would the landlord need to hire a professional company to remove the mold, but it can also be hazardous to your health. Mold can lead to fungal infections, allergies and breathing issues. While these occurences are rare, it does happen.
Cleaning and taking care of a bathroom really takes a little effort. However, if mold continues to be a problem despite all of your best efforts, then it may be time to contact a professional.