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Prevent Mold for a Clean, Fresh Bathroom

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a person cleaning shower floor Mold thrives on moisture

You can completely scrub down your bathroom every day, and it would still be a haven for mold. This is because mold is highly adaptable, and bathrooms are full of humidity. Additionally, water damage often occurs in Bountiful, UT, bathrooms before you're even aware of it.

Tips to Prevent Mold and Mildew in The Bathroom

Reduce Humidity and Moisture

The first step in reducing mold is controlling the level of humidity:

  • Ventilation is the best way to reduce humidity. Install a bathroom that is easily switched on and off. Open windows when appropriate and leave doors and windows open.
  • Use a squeegee to remove excess water from the shower, tub, and mirrors.
  • Hang up towels and shower mats to dry, exposing them to ventilation.
  • Install a dehumidifier in the bathroom.

These simple steps reduce moisture and protect bathroom surfaces from water damage. Don't forget to use a rag to wipe the floor dry.

Identify High-Risk Areas

The second mold prevention step is to identify the places where colonies are most likely to take root:

  • Around the windows
  • At the base of the toilet
  • Under the sink cabinet
  • On the ceiling and walls
  • On shower curtains
  • Under mats and rugs
  • On caulking and grout
  • Behind tiles, wallpaper, and other furnishings

Unfortunately, when spores have grown into colonies behind the walls or inside cabinets, you may not recognize damage until it has spread. You can, however, hire professionals once or twice a year to test for mold. If there's already damage, reach out to mold damage cleanup technicians to complete any reconstruction necessary.

Frequently Wash and Dry Fabrics

Finally, launder curtains, rugs, towels, and other bathroom linens frequently. Any absorbent materials can quickly become home to mold. (It only takes spores a couple of days to establish a new colony.) Adequate ventilation can aid in keeping the room dry, but it's best to wash items after multiple showers.

Water damage often leads to mold growth that must be treated in addition to other repairs. Take preventative steps to enjoy a clean, fresh room and to prevent unsightly mold and mildew.

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