Of all the places in your home that could be effected by mold, the bedroom is one of the absolute worst. This is the place where you’re most vulnerable, breathing the same air for up to 8 hours or more every single night. It’s the one place you’d like to the air to be clean and fresh—and above all, mold free.
And yet, mold often does take up residence in America’s bedrooms, causing allergies and other serious health problems for millions of people. For the most part, this happens when people don’t understand where mold comes from, or how to prevent it specifically from growing in bedrooms. The good news is, prevention is relatively straightforward.
1. Be Aware of Humidity Levels!
Mold thrives on humidity. The more moisture in the air, the better for mold. This means the humidity levels in your bedroom need to be watched closely. In the hottest months when the air outside is humid, the air inside must be dehumidified somehow. This can be accomplished with a dedicated dehumidifier. Modern air conditioners also act as dehumidifiers and can help prevent mold growth in your bedroom.
In the colder months, people often complain about dry air in the bedroom, and run a humidifier for hours at a time. The problem with this is that the air, walls, curtains, and even bedding can become saturated with moisture. This makes them a perfect breeding grounds for mold. Dry air is better for mold prevention—but if you need to humidify, do so in moderation!
Another thing mold loves is stale, stagnant air. Why? Because it leads to greater humidity and allows mold to grow undisturbed. That’s why ventilation is important, especially in your bedroom. If there are windows, open them regularly (even a crack) to increase air flow. Fans, HVAC systems, and dedicated ventilators are other ways to keep your bedroom well ventilated. This is good for your health and bad for mold.
3. Let There Be Light
Mold does not like sunlight. The warming, drying action of direct light makes it harder for mold to flourish and colonize, so try to let as much natural light into your bedroom as possible throughout the day. Open the curtains completely and remove any obstructions to bring in mold-killing light.
4. Vacuum and Wash
People are often unaware of how much dirt and moisture they’re capable of producing. Walking in the bedroom after a shower, for example, can dampen the carpet. Sleeping with too many blankets can cause the sheets and bedding to become damp. In general, a cleaner bedroom is less susceptible to mold—so keep those floors clean, surfaces dusted, and bedding washed for maximum anti-mold protection.
A Mold-Free Bedroom
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to keep mold out of your bedroom—but it does take some basic knowledge about the conditions in which mold likes to grow. If you suspect that your bedroom (or any area of your home or business) is infested, a professional mold inspection is low-cost and sometimes free. Find out exactly how serious the problem is and then discuss solutions and future prevention strategies with people who know mold.
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