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Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.


surviving home renovation projects

Found Mold In Your Bathroom? Tips To Get It Cleaned Up

Maykel Sloothaak

If you find that your bathtub has mold growing on it, you may be able to clean it off yourself. If not, there is something else you can do to get the bathtub clean. Follow the tips below and the bathtub will look new again when you finish.

Remove Mold

Once mold spores attach to the bathtub, they can start growing within 24 to 48 hours, and will start to colonize in 1 to 12 days. Remove and replace any sealant or caulking that has mold growth. Mix together one part bleach to two parts water, dip a rag in the solution, and wipe the rag over the mold. If the mold is in the bottom of the bathtub, use the stopper to stop it up, and then pour the bleach solution so that it covers the entire bottom of the bathtub. Wait at least 24 hours, and then see if the mold is gone. Bleach will kill any mold spores, and works well at removing mold. If you still have a problem, however, you can refinish the bathtub to get it looking new.

Refinish Bathtub

You can refinish the bathtub yourself, or hire a contractor to do this job for you. If you do want to try it on your own, you can buy refinishing kits at home improvement stores. Follow the directions on the kit on how to use it. In most cases, you will refinish the bathtub by:

  1. Repairing Cracks. Before you start, you will have to repair any cracks. To do this, use a crack filler made for the material your bathtub is made of. Spread some of the filler over the crack, and use a putty knife to smooth it out. Allow it to dry for a few minutes, and then gently sand over the area to remove any excess filler.
  2. Sanding the Surface. When the cracks are repaired, sand the surface of the bathtub getting the bottom and sides until you have a clean and smooth surface. Use a sander or use pieces of sandpaper by hand that has approximately 600 grit. Use a razor blade to remove any stuck on soap or scum around the drain or anywhere else you cannot get the sander on. When you get finished, remove the sandpaper dust. You can do this by using a paper towel to sweep the sand into a small handheld dust pan.
  3. Masking Everything Off. Put masking tape all around the outside bottom of the bathtub to protect it. Your bathtub refinishing kit will tell you more in-depth instructions on how to mask everything off.
  4. Applying Finish. Now you are ready to apply the refinishing product. Follow the instructions on the package to mix the product, and refer to the instructions included on how to apply it to your bathtub, as how you do this depends on the product you purchased.

When you are finished, remove all masking tape and let the bathtub dry for a few days before you use it.