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Not So Pretty In Pink: Removing Aureobasidium From Your Bathroom

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Have you noticed pink spots or splotches on surfaces in your bathroom? This is pretty common, so you may have dismissed it as normal. However, these pink spots are a type of mould called Aureobasidium. It grows quickly in moist areas, so you may see it in your bathtub, toilet, shower curtain, and even your bathroom's windowsills. You will need to use a mould remediation service to get rid of 100% of the mould, but in the meantime, you can get rid of it by following the steps below.

Pre-Cleaning: Protecting Yourself And Your Family

  • Masks and Gloves – Aureobasidium may cause irritation, respiratory distress, and other allergy symptoms, so use disposable gloves and a mask to help reduce your chances of inhaling this mould. These products will also protect your skin and lungs from harsh chemical cleaners.

  • Increased Air Flow – If your bathroom has windows, make sure to open them during the cleaning process. Fresh air flow can help reduce the chances of respiratory irritation. If there are no windows in your bathroom, an inexpensive box fan can provide air circulation.

Cleaning Products: Temporarily Getting Rid Of Pink Mould

  • Store-bought Mould And Mildew Spray – Storebought mould and mildew cleaners typically come in spray form. They contain ingredients like Sodium Hypochlorite, which reduces odour and purifies your bathroom's surfaces. Use store-bought products as directed. You may want to do a small patch test to ensure the product does not damage your tiles, counters, or wood.

  • Bleach – Bleach can completely kill Aureobasidium whenever it comes into contact with it. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to using bleach. For example, bleach is not recommended for use on porous materials. Oxygen bleach is recommended over chlorine bleach, as it is eco-friendly and less likely to damage the wood.

  • Borax And Water – Borax powder is a common cleaning ingredient due to its disinfectant properties. Mix equal parts borax powder and warm water in a spray bottle or bucket. Apply this to the pink mould, scrub the affected areas, and allow the surface to air dry.

  • Vinegar – Not a fan of chemical products? Check your pantry for white distilled vinegar. Vinegar can effectively kill 82% of the existing types of mould. There is no need to dilute vinegar. Use a spray bottle to coat mouldy surfaces with it. You can let it sit for an hour or two, then spray the area with water and dry it with a disposable cloth.

Permanent Elimination: Using Mould Remediation Services

The above methods are effective, but you may be unable to thoroughly get rid of Aureobasidium by yourself. If it grows on your walls or wooden surfaces, it can be impossible to eliminate on your own. There is also a risk of allergic reaction when getting rid of mould even when you take precautions. To get the permanent and professional results, consult a mould remediation company, such as SLC Environmental, to schedule a consultation.