Pink mold in sink

Pink Mold: What is it? It’s not even a mold.

Many of our customers have used The Bucko Soap Scum cleaner on “pink mold,” but have you ever wondered what it is?

Pink mold is actually a bacterium called Serratia marcescens that loves wet spots in your bathroom. This bacterium appears as pink or orange slime. It’s commonly found on shower curtains, between tiles, and around sinks.

This bacteria produces a natural pigment when it meets phosphorus and magnesium in your bathroom environment. This red pigment, called prodigiosin, forms when the bacteria encounter phosphorus and magnesium, elements commonly found in your bathroom from soaps, shampoos, and tap water. 

While generally not a serious threat, it’s wise to clean up pink mold, especially to protect young children, the elderly, or anyone with asthma. Preventing pink mold involves regular cleaning and maintaining a dry environment to discourage bacterial growth.

How to Clean Pink Mold:

The Bucko Soap Scum Cleaner is highly effective for tackling pink mold. Simply spray it on the affected area, let it sit, and then rinse away. For shower curtains, soaking in The Bucko can help clean off the pink mold.

Preventative Measures:

Keeping your bathroom dry and well-ventilated is key in preventing pink mold. Use a squeegee after showers and keep the fan running to reduce moisture. Regular cleaning with effective products like The Bucko can also keep pink mold at bay.

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