Mold can be a pesky companion to keep in your bathroom. It can negatively impact both your health as well as the integrity of your home. Luckily there are a few things you can do to combat this uninvited visitor.
One of the most important ways to keep mold at bay is to make sure that plenty of air is sweeping through the room. Mold needs a steady, damp place to proliferate. Having the bathroom door and windows open is recommended to create a decent air flow that allows moisture to leave the room.
Mold is created through a build-up of moisture. Having either a lack of drains or a non-functioning drain leads water to pool up. Make sure you have working drains within your shower or bath space that properly clear water from the bathroom. If you find your drain not working the way you want it to there is a good chance that hair is the culprit.
Follow the Trail
Mold can be found in places that make it tough for moisture to evaporate. These places are normally walls that absorb water and become breeding grounds for mold. To identify these places follow the trail of water that splashes out of your shower. Have a look around after you’ve dried off and touch the walls if you think they might be moist. Be mindful of where shower water is ending up and make the proper adjustments to put an end to rogue water droplets.
Stretch Out Curtains
We have a habit of pushing our curtains to the side once we’re done cleaning up. Crunching our shower curtains up doesn’t leave any space for water to leave. Mold will inevitably build up in curtains if they aren’t stretched out from wall to wall. It’s a simple fix but one we tend to forget. Some shower curtains are mold resistance, like this mildew resistant shower curtain, so be sure to check for this feature when shopping for a new shower curtain.
Drywall is the material we usually use for our walls. But just because we call it dry doesn’t mean it stays that way. To keep your bathroom walls dry you can use a vinyl material or tiles that aren’t as receptive to moisture. If these alterations are too drastic you can always coat your walls with a primer or semi-gloss to repel water.