Tips to Prevent Mold & Mildew in Your Bathroom

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Use Your Bathroom Fan Often

Make sure that you run your bathroom fan every time you take a shower or bath. The steam created by the hot water from your shower or bath makes for a lot of humidity, and mold and mildew thrive in humid environments. Running the fan helps to reduce humidity and prevent mold and mildew from forming.

 

Wash Bath Mats, Towels, & Shower Curtains Regularly

Towels, bath mats, and curtains get damp and full of microbes, which can help create an environment that mold and mildew love. Make sure that you are washing all of these items regularly. Towels should especially be laundered frequently because you use them so much–aim for tossing your towels in the wash after about three uses.

 

Don’t Let Puddles of Water Sit

You wouldn’t let a puddle of water sit on your living room floor without cleaning it up, so why would you in your bathroom? Many people are more likely to neglect cleaning up puddles in the bathroom simply because it is a wet environment anyway, but those puddles lead to a humid atmosphere and mold growth. Try to wipe up any post-shower water spills right away.

 

Fix Leaks Immediately 

Just as you shouldn’t let puddles from the shower sit on your bathroom floor, you shouldn’t let water from leaks hang around either. As soon as you notice a leak in your bathroom–even if it’s a minor one–call a plumber and have it repaired.

 

Hang Up Towels & Loofahs After Use 

Make sure that you hang up hand towels, face cloths, loofahs, and other personal cleaning tools to dry after using them. Being hung up allows air to circulate through the material of these items, reducing moisture and discouraging mildew and mold from forming.

The best thing you can do to make sure your bathroom is not a breeding ground for mold and mildew is to have your plumbing inspected regularly and fix any minor leaks before they cause bigger problems. Get in touch with the plumbers at Butler today!

 

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