Pink mold is a nasty substance that grows in damp & dark places that have heat and high levels of humidity. Examples of places in the home where pink mold is commonly found include bathrooms/showers, tile grout, toilets, etc. When people see the pinkish dirty stuff, they think it is a fungus. However pink mold actually is an airborne bacterium known as Serratia Marcescens. I Googled what this substance is and here’s what I found (from the source below). Serratia marcescens is a motile, short rod-shaped, Gram-negative, facultative anaerobe bacterium, classified as an opportunistic pathogen. It was discovered in 1819 by Bartolomeo Bizio in Padua, Italy.
Health effects of pink mold are very severe as it can lead to urinary tract infections and various mold allergy symptoms. It can also lead to Mold Poisoning. Pink mold is commonly found in hospitals & gymnasiums where the are lots of showers. To prevent pink mold from developing frequently, common-sense steps such as cleaning showers once every 2 days works well. To remove the pink mold, you would use the same steps as you would remove mold from drywall. Concrobium Mold Control Solution is the best liquid solution to kill mold. It contains no bleach, ammonia or VOCs. When this solution is sprayed on mold, it works as it dries, killing mold in the process. Concrobium Mold Control solution hardens itself over the moldy surface to form an invisible film that physically crushes the mold & micro-organism underneath.
When cleaning any mold, be sure to open the windows in your bathroom to minimize the irritation that could be caused as a result of the chemicals. Also be sure to wear a long-sleeved shirt, goggles & gloves to present skin irritation. Rub the pinkish moldy areas hard & several times over until it starts coming off. Once the pink mold has started to come out, let it sit for at least 10 minutes then rinse with clean water. If pinkish mold still remains after you rinse with water, repeat the steps above till it wears away. After the final rinse, clean the area with dry cover.
How to Clean Mold Video
In the video below, this lady uses a mixture of baking soda, vinegar & some water to clean mold off her tub’s grout. If you want to preserve some energy & not have to clean pink mold all the time, invest in a bathroom fan & leave it on during showers. Also when taking a shower, open your windows so that moist humid air evaporates from your bathroom & moisture does not build up. Remember, mold loves damp & wet places with high levels of moisture. It is also recommended to wipe your walls with a squeegee every time you take a shower. For shower walls & hot tub, you could simply dry them after every shower to prevent mold from finding a damp place to grow.