Apart from attics and unfinished basements, bathrooms are one of the most susceptible rooms in the house when it comes to mold. As you could probably guess, this has a great deal to do with the amount of moisture that tends to be released when bathing and showering. If you hope to prevent mold growth in your bathroom, therefore, you will need to prevent moisture. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind.
- Ventilate. First and foremost, it is important to keep your bathroom ventilated--especially during and after showers. Run your ventilation fan before and after your shower, and, upon finishing, leave both the door and the window open until all visible fog has evaporated. In the case that your bathroom does not have an overhead fan, installing one may ultimately be a more cost-effective investment than dealing with a mold infestation--but bringing in a mobile fan from time to time is probably a good idea meanwhile.
- Clean and Dry. Keeping your bathroom clean is a smart hygienic decision to begin with: but the potential for fungal growth makes regular cleaning an absolute no-brainer. Just as importantly, drying off each and every surface that you clean is a good idea that can help prevent an otherwise dangerous buildup of moisture. After cleaning, it is a good idea to leave door and windows open with the fan running, just as you would after a bath or shower.
- Dehumidify. If, in spite of your best efforts to ventilate, clean, and dry your bathroom, moisture still poses a problem, it is probably time to invest in a good dehumidifier. Once again, the upfront cost of this expense will be well worth the time, money, and energy that you save by avoiding a future mold problem.
- Keep bathroom warm. The colder your bathroom is when you turn on the shower, the more vapor will be generated--and the more moisture will collect in your bathroom. Depending on the setup of your house, it may be wise to leave your bathroom door open (or make sure that bathroom vents are open) before showing in order to allow the room to warm up.
- Watch for leaks. This article has focused on the moisture generated by bathing and showering, but it is important to keep in mind that another reason bathrooms are susceptible to mold problems is because leaks can occur quite easily from shower heads, pipes, and other water fixtures. Catching a leak as soon as possible is the best way to prevent water damage, mold, and other potential problems.
- Address mold immediately. If you do discover mold, it is important to act quickly in order to prevent damage and stop the problem from spreading. Although large-scale mold infestations may need professional remediation, smaller mold problems can be easily solved using DIY products such as RMR Solutions’ Botanical Cleaner and Treatment. Visit RMR Solutions online today to learn more about our powerful range of products that can help you rid your home of mold once and for all.