Managing Mold in Your Bathroom
October 09, 2008
Nobody likes finding mold in the bathtub. Did you know, however, that mold may not just present an eyesore, but a potential hazard to your family's health? According to the Ohio State University Extension, mold can irritate people's eyes and mouths, cause headaches, and create dizziness and fatigue. Effects could be more severe on elderly people or small children. Here are some tips to help your bathroom stay mold-free.
Tip #1: Keep Your Bathroom Dry
Why does mold grow in bathrooms? While mold is always present both indoors and outdoors, it usually stays dormant until humidity rises. Then, mold spores bloom and settle into cracks and crevices. Some indoors places, such as bathrooms and basements, are especially prone to mold due to moisture from leaky house windows, showers, and sinks. Methods to keep your bathroom dry include:
- Adding a dehumidifier
- Cranking up the heat during the winter
- Leaving doors open when your bathroom is not in use
- Fixing leaks in heating and cooling ducts
Tip #2: Maintain Your Bathroom's Windows
Condensation on your home's bathroom windows can also nurture mold. To prevent mold accumulation, occasionally open your home's windows and turn on exhaust fans to air out your bathroom. Because increased air circulation can stop mold buildup, you might also remove your home's window coverings, especially during winter or at night. Condensation can be especially heavy on house windows with shutters or wooden blinds. Lastly, you can remove moisture by periodically wiping down your house's windows with a cloth.
Remember, you should never use harsh chemicals to clean up mold. Not only can caustic elements harm your body, they can harm bathroom tiles, sinks, and metal fixtures as well. Instead, gently scrub away mold with detergent and a sponge.
HGTV, Getting Rid of Dangerous Mold
Ohio State University Extension, Indoor Air Quality: Molds and Dust