If you’ve every talked to a mold removal specialist, you already know the best way to deal with mold problems is to address the underlying causes. Keeping the air inside your home dry and well-ventilated is an important step. You also want to make sure you keep any and all moisture issues, such as leaky basements, under control.
But there’s another important part of mold prevention strategy—one that isn’t discussed quite so often. The simple practice of keeping a clean house works wonders in terms of keeping mold away; and there are several specific cleaning practices that make a big difference. Are all of the items listed below a part of your regular house cleaning regimen? If so, you have a much better chance of never having to deal with pesky (not to mention costly) mold problems at home.
- 1. Watch your house plants
- A lot of people monitor the bathroom and basement for signs of mold, but it’s also important to check houseplants. Mold has been known to show up in the damp soil, and even on the leaves themselves. Wiping the leaves regularly with a cloth (moist or not) is a good way to keep houseplants clean and mold free. Check the surface of the soil for signs of white or greenish mold, and consider adding some natural, mold-resistant solution to the soil. If mold continues to grow on a plant, it’s time to get it out of the house.
- 2. Keep the bathroom dry
- Instead of only cleaning your bathroom once in a while, take an ongoing approach. The bathroom is a source of constant moisture, especially the water left on tiles and walls after showering, and wet towels not hung out properly to dry. A squeegee is a good tool to keep in the shower, so that you can dry the walls after the last shower of the day. Also make sure to spread towels out, and dry them outside whenever possible.
- 3. Clean your upholstery carefully
- If you notice signs of mold on your upholstery or other cloth, don’t simply leave it in place and start cleaning. This is a surefire way to release unwanted mold spores into the air. The best advice is to remove it from the house and follow a careful procedure to remove the mold. Professional carpet cleaning companies may also be able to help.
- 4. Give your carpets a deep cleansing
- Carpet is another place where mold often grows unsuspected—especially when the carpet hasn’t been deep cleaned in a long time. If the carpet has areas that are seriously infested with mold, an assessment by a qualified professional is the safest bet. Otherwise, keep your carpet on a regular cleaning schedule, either using a carpet cleaning service or a quality carpet cleaning machine.
Everyday mold protection
A clean house is a definite necessity for keeping your home mold free. By removing dust, dirt, particles and moisture, you lower the chances of mold finding a friendly place to set up shop.
If you already have a mold problem, however, it’s important to note that busting out your cleaning supplies may not be the best strategy. Depending on the size of the infestation and the species of mold involved, cleanup can be a dangerous and sensitive process. The direct exposure to mold spores poses health risks, and without the proper tools and techniques for mold remediation, the problem might actually get worse. A professional mold inspection is always a smart choice if you think the problem could be significant, and if you do need mold remediation, it will be done thoroughly and safely as long as the company is qualified and reputable.
Good luck keeping your home mold free, and please leave your thoughts in the space below!