How to Prevent Bathroom Mold
- One of the easiest ways to prevent bathroom mold is to run the fan during your bath or shower, and for about 90 minutes after you’re done. If you are able to leave the bathroom door open, this can also help.
- Keep a squeegee handy, either inside the shower or near the bathtub. Anytime you take a bath or shower, use a squeegee to remove the water from the walls, backsplash, tiles, doors and tub.
- Use a mold-resistant paint in the bathroom. (Read: Bathroom Paint – Is it Worth the Extra Cost?)
- If you use a shower curtain, spend a little extra and buy the heavy-duty mold-resistant curtain liner.
- Fix/Replace leaky fixtures and plumbing. Many of these are simple fixes, like replacing the seal on the toilet if you’re noticing water pooling around the base. (Read: Two Easy DIY Fixes for a Leaky Toilet)
- If you have tile, use a sealant on tile grout annually to waterproof.
Still Having Problems?
If you continue to notice mold or mildew problems in your bathroom, you may need a higher-powered fan in the bathroom. Never caulk or paint over mold. If a leaky toilet goes unnoticed until there is visible damage to the floor, your subfloor may be damaged and harboring mold. Significant mold growth and damage should always be checked by a professional.
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