The bathrooms in your home are some of the most important rooms in the house. They’re also some of the easiest places for mold to grow, due to the constant presence of moisture and steam from hot water, long showers and baths, and running faucets. Anytime there’s a constant presence of moisture in the air, mold has a chance to take hold and grow. Bathrooms provide plenty of moisture
Use mold-resistant materials
Most common materials used to build and finish bathrooms, from tiles and fixtures to grout and sealants, are now available with mold-resistant properties. It may be unrealistic to think about renovating your bathroom to make it mold proof, but if you’re noticing a constant presence of mold and mildew in the bathroom (and if you’re already thinking about investing in your home’s bathrooms), stripping out some of those old materials and replacing them with new ones can make a world of difference.
Replace your bath mats
Old, soggy bath mats are a favorite surface for mold to grow. Homeowners often forget to change them, or wait too long between cleanings. People report that bath mats made of mold resistant materials (including natural fibers, or in some cases solid teak or other types of mold resistant wood) offer good protection under constant use.
To prevent bathroom mold, bath mats should be cleaned and dried regularly due to the constant presence of moisture.
Clean your shower curtains
Shower curtains are another perfect growing place for mold. It’s easy to go days or weeks without thinking of the moisture constantly left on these surfaces throughout the day and overnight, and before you know it, clear signs of mold and mildew are showing on the plastic. Like bath mats, there are an array of mold-resistant shower curtains available at retail and online outlets.
Shower curtains should be dried day or two after the day’s last use in order to combat mold growth. The same applies to tiles, shower doors and tubs. Drying the shower area may be a cumbersome task, but it’s worth it in terms of mold prevention.
Hire a mold prevention specialist
Most mold prevention specialists offer a range of service beyond just prevention. Scientific lab testing can determine the levels of mold in your bathroom and house, and mold remediation measures can be taken if problems are found. People often think they’ll save time and money by cleaning up mold themselves, but in cases where the infestation has taken hold, this strategy can backfire. It’s difficult to know the extent of a mold infestation—and how exactly to eliminate it completely—if you don’t have the proper experience, tools and certification. Mold removal can actually be a dangerous task in some cases, due to the direct exposure involved in the cleanup process. The pros can also offer specific prevention advice for your situation.
Staying ahead of bathroom mold
Mold is an issue in America’s bathrooms, there’s no question about that. We’ve all had the displeasure of discovering black green spots on bathroom walls and fixtures—to say nothing of the mold spores we can’t see. Putting a specific strategy in place to stay ahead of bathroom mold can make a difference in your family’s health, as well as the integrity and market value of your home.
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