Mold. Mildew. They’re like gross alien creatures out of an old science fiction movie – only they’re all too real for plenty of Chicago residents!
For renters and homeowners alike, beating back mold is a daily struggle. When left unchecked, mold can cause serious health issues, and might even lead to lasting damage to your home.
In particular, lots of people worry about mold gathering in their bathroom – especially in the corners of their shower or tub. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help prevent this nasty mold from growing.
Here are five mold-fighting moves you can try right now:
1.) Improve the Ventilation in Your Bathroom
Excess moisture is a big part of what lets mold grow in your shower. Improving the air circulation in your bathroom can help prevent mold from forming. The best way to do this is to ventilate your bathroom before, during, and after you run the shower.
If you have a bathroom fan, be sure to run it while you’re in the shower, and keep it running for some time after you’re done. This helps get moist air out of the space more completely. If you don’t have an exhaust fan built in, there are still steps you can take:
- Open your bathroom window
- Leave the door open during and after your shower
- Bring a portable air conditioner or dehumidifier into the bathroom, and run them periodically
2.) Squeegee After Showering
Remember, mold and mildew love it when you let water sit in your shower for a long time. Don’t let these gross home invaders get what they want!
Instead, after you shower, take just a little bit of time to squeegee off the shower walls, and any other damp surfaces where water might cling – like a glass door, a shower seat, or along the rim of a tub. Doing this one task could help you reduce problem moisture by 3/4!
3.) Replace Your Shower Curtain
Mold and mildew love to cling to the bottoms and sides of damp shower curtains. To help stop mold from growing, you might want to replace your old shower curtain with a mildew-resistant one. You should also be sure to regularly wash or replace your shower curtain. This can make a difference when it comes to making your shower feel fresh!
4.) Keep Your Shower Free of Clutter
A lot of the items that we store in and around our showers take up space, making it harder to spot mold and mildew early on. Even worse, a lot of these common bathroom items are mold magnets, in and of themselves! We’re talking about:
- Shampoo and body wash bottles
- Kids’ toys
- Large loofahs and sponges
- Bath mats
Be aware of what you’re storing in your bathroom. If you can move it somewhere else, be sure to do so. And take care to regularly clean items that can pick up mold, like your bath mats and rugs, or the hanging towels you keep next to the shower.
5.) Make Cleaning the Bathroom Part of Your Routine
The number one thing that mold and mildew love? A busy homeowner! The more distracted you are, the less time you have to focus on keeping your bathroom clean – and the more time these pesky intruders have to grow and spread however they want!
Cleaning your bathroom frequently may be the single best way to help prevent mold and mildew from forming. Turning your attention to the bathroom surfaces where mold grows can help you keep this important space feeling clean, welcoming, and, most importantly, healthy.
Now, we know this is easier said than done! It can be hard enough to add all of your home’s bathrooms to your personal daily or weekly cleaning routine; it’s even more difficult when you factor that icky, tricky, and hard-to-reach mold into the equation!
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions would love to help wash away your worries!
When you are busy with family, work, or everyday life, finding time to clean your bathrooms can become a frustrating burden. Our professional home cleaning services can take away the stress of keeping your bathrooms clean, and give you back time for the most important things in your life.
With a professionally trained and uniformed staff, all of our cleanings are fully customizable to meet your needs. We bring all of the cleaning supplies and equipment needed to clean, sanitize, and deodorize your bathrooms, with a focus on green, environmentally sound cleaning products.
Whether you need light housekeeping, heavy duty cleaning, or could use one-time service for special occasions or moving, we can help! We always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful!
And don’t forget the Sweeping Dimensions guarantee! If our cleaning services ever fail to meet your expectations, you can call us within 24 hours of your cleaning and we will send out a supervised crew to correct anything that needs attention.
Ready to stop that pesky mold in its tracks? Contact us today for your free estimate!