Home Cleaning Tips How to Clean and Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom After a Toilet Leak or Overflow

How to Clean and Prevent Mold Growth in Your Bathroom After a Toilet Leak or Overflow

by Catherine

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A leaking or overflowing toilet is a household calamity that can initiate the perfect environment for mold incubation and growth. Most people react by resolving the clog, and thoroughly cleaning and mopping the floors all around the toilet and bathroom—anywhere the overflow water touched. Areas that may be overlooked are the baseboards behind and/or to either side of the toilet, that also come into contact with the dirty water. Because the baseboards are made of porous, natural material—usually wood—they tend to absorb the water and become Petri dishes for mold and bacteria.

Mopping areas where the bacteria-laden water spilled is a good first line of defense.

Mopping areas where the bacteria-laden water spilled is a good first line of defense.

EC3 Mold Spray comes in a easy-to-use spray bottle, and doesn't require wiping or scrubbing post application. Just spray and allow to air dry.

EC3 Mold Spray comes in a easy-to-use spray bottle, and doesn’t require wiping or scrubbing post application. Just spray and allow to air dry.

To properly clean your baseboards when they are exposed to any type of flooding, it’s important to use a cleaning agent that will treat and prevent future mold growth.  Ready-to-use EC3 Mold Solution Spray offers an easy, natural, non-toxic and successful resolution. First, thoroughly clean the baseboards with warm—the hotter, the better—soapy water. You want to remove any bacteria that they came into contact with, especially if they were exposed to toilet water.  Try not to saturate them with water during the cleaning process, but rather, use a sponge or a towel that you can wring out while cleaning to control the moisture level. Use a clean, dry towel to thoroughly dry all areas that you cleaned. It is wise to place a dehumidifier inside the bathroom for a day or two as well, to ensure that all moisture is removed from the room. Next, spray the EC3 Mold Solution Spray directly onto the baseboards and surrounding flooring. Do not wipe it off, but allow it to dry completely.

EC3 Spray is safe for all materials, surfaces, fabrics, etc. Misting can be done as often as needed. It is advisable to repeat this misting process once a week after the flooding occurs to keep mold and mycotoxins at bay.

I even like to mist my bathroom baseboards with the spray after I do my weekly mopping. Anytime water comes into contact with the wood, there is a chance of mold growth. Misting with EC3 Mold Solution Spray brings the fungus count in the air down immediately, but if there was a penetration of water damage underneath or behind the baseboards, it may not keep it down permanently. If you suspect such damage has occurred, I would suggest calling in the professionals, because the baseboards and other areas must be removed for the mold to be fully remediated.

Recently, I purchased a hand-held steamer. If you have a steamer, these devices are perfect for this sort of cleaning to kill any mold or bacteria and keep it away.

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Just a teaspoon of this added to my hand-held steamer eradicates mold and bacteria.

Just a teaspoon of this added to my hand-held steamer eradicates mold and bacteria.

To my steamer I add a teaspoon of EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate and fill the little tank the rest of the way with distilled water. Allowing the EC3 to heat inside of the steamer with the water magnifies its mold-killing properties. I then aim and fire my steamer to really penetrate the areas where the baseboards come into contact with the floor. Water tends to sit in this area and to become trapped more than any other. The steam combined with the solution will kill any mold or bacteria lingering there instantly.

Getting my steamer ready.

Getting my steamer ready.

Now I can shoot my mold=killing steam in all of the sneaky places where moisture hides.

Now I can shoot my mold-killing steam in all of the sneaky places where moisture hides.

When you are quick to properly react and clean the area, though, additional mold growth and problems should not occur.

Do you have a go-to cleaning process that you use when leaking or flooding occurs?

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