July showers....bring August flowers... and moldy bathrooms! Here is a little overview of how you can keep your bathroom dry and mold free during this hot and rainy season.
OK first off what is mold and what does it look like?
Mold is a fungus; molds are plants that make spores instead of seeds which float in the air like pollen. They are a common trigger for allergies. Molds are found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as in the outdoor environment in grass, leaf piles, hay, and mulch. The picture to the right depicts an extreme case of a moldy bathroom.
Here are some tips:
You should always keep the bathroom window closed and use a vent fan instead. If you leave the window open it will blow the moisture back into the room.
Use flooring like wood, ceramic, or tile. This way it can be easily wiped down after getting wet and use a bath mat when getting out of the shower. However, make sure you don't leave it permanently on the ground because that will increase your chances of mold. You should hang it up to dry after every use.
Use after shower rinses. (like Clean-Ez or Tilex Mold and Mildew Remover)These products are inexpensive and easy to use after every shower. This will prevent the increase of any soap scum or mold building up.
You should buy a dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air preventing condensation build-up and mold on cold tile and porcelain surfaces.
Also take care of any leaks (little or small) and use grout sealer around the edges of your tub and sink; this will prevent mold from forming on your grout. Also stay away from potted plants because their soil is a breeding ground for mold.
Mold Free Bathroom