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.
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!