Mildew grows and spreads best in moist environments. Because of this, it’s no wonder that one area of your home is often more susceptible to mold than other areas — your bathroom.
While mildew won’t cause structural damage, it’s unpleasant to look at, and it can emit an equally unpleasant, musty smell. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to prevent mildew from growing in your restroom.
Preventing mildew doesn’t require the use of advanced scientifically made solutions, but it does require consistency and vigilance. To prevent mildew in your bathroom, you’ll need to incorporate some of our tips into your daily routine.
Light is a natural enemy of mildew. Whenever you’re not using your bathroom, keep the blinds up to let as much natural light as possible into the space if you have a window. If you don’t have a window in your restroom, you can use artificial light to prevent the growth of mildew by leaving your lights on 10-15 minutes longer than you normally do.
Here are some more things you can do to prevent mildew in your bathroom:
- Get the Air Circulating
If your bathroom has a window, leave it open or cracked as often as you can to allow air to circulate through the space. You’ll also want to use an exhaust fan to keep air moving and your bathroom dry when you shower or bathe.
Leave your ventilation fan on for at least 30 minutes after you shower or take a bath, too. If you don’t have an exhaust fan in your restroom, consider getting one installed.
- Control Your Home’s Humidity Level
For some people, preventing mildew is as simple as controlling their home’s humidity level. To effectively prevent mildew, you should maintain a humidity level that’s below 50 percent. You can use an air conditioner or dehumidifier to reach an optimal humidity level.
- Use the Right Shower Curtain
To prevent mildew, be sure you put a mildew-resistant shower curtain in your bathroom. Even though it’s resistant to mildew, you’ll still need to wash your shower curtain regularly to prevent mold growth.
- Store Toiletries Properly
While it’s often convenient to leave your shampoo, loofah and other toiletries in the shower when you’re done with them, doing so facilitates mildew growth. When you’re done in the shower, dry off your toiletries and store them in a dry location.
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