The Best Ways to Prevent Mold

Mold is a word that nobody wants to hear.  It carries with it odor and health concerns, and proves to be a burden to get rid of.  The key is to prevent it.  Since mold thrives in damp, dark, isolated places, the bathroom is a common place for it to form.  Here are some tips on how to prevent mold in your bathroom:

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Use an exhaust fan. Always use one while you shower, and leave it on for at least 30 minutes after turning off the water.  This provides ventilation for your bathroom and keeps air circulating so that mold does not have a warm and cozy invite to settle in.

Invest in a mildew-resistant shower curtain. Wash or replace it regularly.  Your shower is the most optimal place for mold to form in your bathroom, and these curtains can prevent it and are relatively inexpensive. Just think – they can save you hundreds in mold-removal costs that you’d have to pay!

Clear out the shower.  Keep bottles of shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs out of the shower. They can be mold’s favorite spots to grow and hide behind.

Wash Bathroom rugs. They are constantly stepped on, usually by wet feet. Rugs can be damp for hours on end depending on how many people are using your bathroom. Be sure to wash them frequently!

In conjunction with the above strategies, the best defense for preventing mold is to clean your bathroom regularly.  If mold does find its way in, it’s possible to kill it.  At Barker & Sons, we encourage you to use environmentally friendly products when doing so.  We recommend using vinegar spray, tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, or distilled ethanol.

If you have any questions about these methods, or other bathroom concerns, please give us a call at 714-630-8766.