Bathroom moisture can become a problem and sometimes get out of control. The result can be mold caused by bathroom moisture. Where bathroom mold is concerned, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Superior Plumbing & Drain is here to help with both the prevention and the cure.
Fresh, circulating air is the enemy of mold and mildew. Using a fan in the bathroom during and after a shower or bath can help. Keep the bathroom door open when not in use to keep clean air coming in and allow humidity to escape.
A wet shower curtain (or door) can be an issue. Wiping down the shower door and walls with a small squeegee every couple of showers can help avoid moisture issues before they occur. If machine washable, toss the shower curtain in the washing machine every other month.
Hang towels and carpet bath mats to dry after your shower instead of leaving them on the bathroom floor. Mold needs moisture and the optimal temperature (70-90 degrees) to flourish.
Wipe down your sink and counters after every use. Pick up the soap and shampoo dispensers and wipe under there, too. Mold can’t survive where it’s dry.
If a problem has already begun to form in the bathroom, there are still options.
Soap, water and a whole lot of elbow grease will get rid of most mold while bleach only removes stains. Keep the bathroom as dry as possible. Buying a humidity monitor helps alert you when the moisture levels are too high.
Lastly, re-caulk your tile with caulk specifically formulated for bathroom use. When re-caulking, take time to clean and thoroughly dry out crevices where mold can lurk. Let the caulk cure for at least 24 hours before getting it wet. If not dry enough, the caulk could allow moisture to creep back in – undoing all your hard work.
Keeping your bathroom clean and dry is the best way to prevent bathroom moisture problems from getting out of control. Happy cleaning!
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