3 Steps to Beating Mold and Mildew

3 Steps to Beating Mold and Mildew

Imagine you’ve got guests over for dinner, and, embarrassment of embarrassments, your bathroom stinks. The windowless and vent-less bathroom has been wreaking havoc on your family’s nostrils. Before you throw in the towel (really you should be throwing out those moldy towels, but we’ll get to that in a bit) and further cancel all your dinner dates, let’s consider some steps to make your bathroom a breath of fresh air.

Step 1: Eliminate existing mold and mildew. This can be accomplished with a bathroom cleaner (vinegar/bleach are fair game), a toothbrush, and a bit of elbow grease. Don’t be shy now, let’s make mom proud. Remove damp and moldy towels from the bathroom and always be sure that the shower curtain is pulled closed for effective drying. If you can, install hooks outside of the bathroom to hang damp towels.

Step 2: Improve air circulation. DFW humidity coupled with steamy showers is a special invitation for a mold parade. Turn on a built in vent, if you have one, and increase air circulation by placing a small fan on the floor and keeping the door open. If the fan is not enough, consider buying a dehumidifier and using it after showers.

Step 3: Maintain bathroom cleanliness. A daily shower spray and quick squeegee can help cut back on mold and keep your bathroom smelling fresh. If your bathroom is fully tiled, clean the walls with vinegar/bleach periodically to kill mold spores. A light dusting of baking soda on the sink/shower/bath drains every now and then will also eliminate hostile odors and prevent mold buildup.

Proper air circulation and bathroom cleanliness are key to keeping your bathroom odor friendly and mold free. If odor and mold continue to be an issue in your bathroom, do not hesitate to contact Baker Brothers Plumbing and Air Conditioning and we’ll be happy to lend a hand.