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The bathroom is one of the most popular household rooms for mold and mildew to formulate and grow over time. It’s such a serious problem that some apartment complexes require their tenants to succumb to quarterly checks to ensure that mold and mildew is not growing in their space. Similarly, many college campuses do periodic checks in the dormitories to makes sure that students are employing safe habits and that no mold or mildew has begun to congregate. Mold and mildew can create significant damage to your home that is usually costly and inconvenient to replace. Not only this, but it can also be extremely dangerous for occupants. But knowing this, how do you prevent against mold and mildew in your shower area and other susceptible places? Check out some helpful prevention tips below.

Causes of Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew love damp, dark places, and that’s why your bathroom is especially susceptible to these nasty visitors. Mold and mildew build when moisture becomes trapped and isolated within the bathroom and there is a lack of ventilation. The steam and water from the shower, specifically, is a popular way for mold and mildew to start growing in and around the shower area. Leaky toilets, sinks, and plumbing pipes are also a popular cause for mold and mildew in the bathroom. Some of these leaks may not even be noticeable right away, but over time there will be a noticeable stench coming from the mold growth that should alert you to the problem.  Another big culprit is damp cellulose material, such as rugs, wall paper, grout, wood, drywall, and fabric.

Prevention Tips
One of the best ways to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your bathroom is to make sure that your bathroom is ventilated and that air is circulating and through every corner. This can be done by opening a window, if your bathroom has one, or by turning on the ceiling fan. If you have both a window and a ceiling fan, this is even better. If you don’t have either a window or a ceiling fan in your bathroom, it’s important to install at least one or the other. This is a big warning sign and a recipe for mold and mildew growth. Other tips for preventing mold and mildew include:

Stretch out the shower curtain after showering

Obtain a mold/mildew resistant shower curtain that is machine washable

Clean and dust at least once per week

Periodically check the bathroom for leaks

Wipe down the shower/tub after use

Pull up non-slip tub mats and clean the mats and the bottom of the tub at least once per week

Fix leaky faucets and showerheads

Getting Rid of Mold and Mildew
Sometimes mold and mildew can creep up in your bathroom and you catch it just a little bit too late. So, what do you do if mold growth is already a problem? As long you catch the problem in the beginning before the infestation has become too large, there are counteractive steps that you can apply:

Strip away and replace any caulking or sealant that has mold growth

Clean your bathroom with mold-killing products, such as bleach, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide

Open windows and doors while cleaning to circulate fresh air and help dry out the mold

Once you’ve successfully gotten rid of the existing mold, follow the prevention tips above to make sure that it stays gone.

Mold and mildew are never fun, but with these simple steps, prevention can be painless and you’ll never have to deal with more serious mold problems or get a professional involved in the situation. If you’ve had any success keeping mildew and mold at bay, what techniques did you use? Ever suffer from a serious mold or mildew that couldn’t be corrected? What happened? Let us know in the comments below!

Choosing a new showerhead can be a fun experience if you do it right. On the surface, showerheads may seem like unexciting and mundane products to replace, but there are several different factors that go into a decision to invest in a new showerhead, and these can make the buying process slightly more intricate, and even fun. If your shower stream is too light or heavy, your showerhead uses more water than you’d like, or you’re not able to adjust its settings, replacing your existing showerhead can be a solution to all of these problems and more. Ultimately, the best showerheads should have a strong current, an even temperature, and ideally, a few adjustable settings to change the spray pattern from a light spray to a powerful massage. So, what exactly should you be looking for when choosing a new showerhead for your bathroom? Check out our suggestions below to make sure your considering the most important features before you buy.

Water Efficiency
There is a misconception about water-efficient showerheads that supposes these models will lack the strength and stamina of other, non water-conserving models, but this is simply  untrue. There are models that can provide the same experience as regular showerheads, but you may have to look around and compare models rather than choosing the first one you find. Water-efficient showerheads can be great not only because of their effect on the environment, but also because of the effect they have on your wallet. Water-conserving showerheads use less gallons per minute, which means that it will also lower your monthly water bill, allowing you a little more cushion in that area of the utilities.

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Price
As with most things, the price of showerheads can often be misleading. Don’t assume that going with the most expensive and luxurious looking showerhead means that you will receive the highest performance. More settings mean a higher price, and it can also mean more settings that simply don’t get used. When tested, lower grade showerheads rated among users’ top choices when they blind to the prices of each unit. Have a budget in mind for your showerhead, but don’t feel like you have to use every last penny of it. Sometimes a lower priced unit will do just as good of a job as a top-of-the line unit, if not better.

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Installation
Most showerheads are fairly easy to replace. Unscrew the old shower head and fit the new showerhead into its place, and your job is done. However, some of the more elite showerhead systems aren’t so simple. Full shower panel systems may require a plumber to install and prepare. An overall low water pressure in your home can weaken the stream from a powerful showerhead and may require re-piping or other serious adjustments in order to be effectual.

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Types
Finally, one of the most important and most exciting aspects of choosing a new showerhead is choosing the type of showerhead. Showerheads come with many different features and you’ll have to choose which ones you want to be included on your new showerhead. Showerheads can come with as single setting, multi-setting, and shower tower units. Each of these can be explained in their title. A single setting showerhead will have one setting that does not change from shower to shower; a multi-setting shower head may range from a light spray to a powerful jet stream and have something in between that resembles your “normal” shower mode; and shower towers are shower panels that have a whole array of spa-like features that may include multiple shower heads or streams, mist or steam, and body jets. Among the various types of showerheads available, it’s up to you to choose something that’s right for you and fits in line with your budget.

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These are some of the major aspects of showerheads and we hope this provides some useful and informative advice when it comes to replacing your showerhead. What can seem like a simple purchase can actually be quite involved when you consider all of the different aspects of your investment. What has your experience been replacing a showerhead in your home? Have we left out any important considerations? Let us know in the comments below.

A bathroom is never quite right until you find the perfect lighting for it. A dark and dingy bathroom can feel more like a prison than a place to enjoy a steam shower, soak in your whirlpool tub, or just kick back and relax after a long day at the office. Lighting can make a world of difference in any room, but it’s especially important in a room like the bathroom, where the right kind of light can affect the amount of space that a bathroom seems to give off and can make the bathroom look older or newer depending on how the light hits certain areas or whether or not the lighting is natural.

Type of Lighting
Right off the bat, it’s necessary to point out that the most effective kind of lighting any bathroom is natural lighting. Natural lighting impacts not only the way that your bathroom is perceived, but also it has an impact on you as a person. We need natural lighting and natural lighting can help us feel more rejuvenated, refreshed and happy. If it’s an option, consider installing an additional window or enlarging your existing window so that the amount of lighting your window gives off can reach a wider span of your bathroom.

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Barnyard Lighting
If you are going for a truly rustic feel in your bathroom, there’s nothing that enhances the mood than some barnyard lighting. Whether your bathroom is more bold or tame, barnyard lighting is sure to give it an aged, yet edgy,  appearance.

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DIY Lighting
If DIY is your thing and you are looking to invest your time and energy into your bathroom project, you can get really creative with the lighting. For example, the lighting fixture in the image below features a simple plank board with jars to surround the light bulbs that hang off the ends. It’s simple, but lovely, and it will definitely be something that reels in comments from guests who will be impressed by the handiwork.

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Old-Style Lighting
If you really want to create a vintage and rustic looking bathroom design, there’s no better option than using our forefathers first forms of light – fire!  A candle-lit bathroom will create a sense of luxury and calm. Scented candles can also help to provide a refreshing aroma in the bathroom. If you’re a fan of the candle-lit bath and you’re bathroom has adequate natural lighting during the daytime hours, look no further.

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These are just a few of our ideas to give you a head start in choosing the right bathroom lighting for your home. Next to the other big choices that come with modeling a bathroom, lighting often gets left behind, but the lighting can play a crucial role in the overall structure and appearance of your bathroom and it can be fun and exciting to pick out the lighting that is going to set the tone for your bathroom. How did you decide on the right lighting for your bathroom? Leave your feedback and comments in the space below, we’d love to hear about your bathroom lighting experiences.