Mold, mildew, and other fungi are fairly common in homes. Mold spores are constantly floating around in the air, and when they land on a damp or moist surface, such as a shower, they begin to grow and thrive. Mildew is mold that grows on fabric.
Mold, mildew, and other fungi are not only unsightly, they can also cause potential health problems like asthma, allergic reactions, and a number of respiratory problems. However, preventing mold, mildew, and other fungi is not difficult. The following are some tips.
Reduce moistureThe most effective way to control mold and mildew in the home is to reduce moisture and indoor humidity. You can do this by:
Cleaning up moldYou can usually identify mold by its odor and color, which will usually be green, grey, or brown. Special cleaners are available specifically for mold and mildew control, and bathroom sprays work well. You can also use a water/bleach solution and water and detergent. Make sure it is antibacterial. Wipe or scrub the area and dry it thoroughly.
The grout of your showers, countertops, and tiles are especially prone to mildew because of the moisture and humidity from running hot water. When not cleaned regularly, mildew and other fungi can build up. This can be easily prevented by proper cleaning.
When you clean, make sure you wear latex or rubber gloves, as cleaning materials can be harsh on the skin. Make sure you never mix chemicals as well. You will also want to keep the room ventilated, so make sure the door is open or crack a window if there is one in the room. Once the room is ready and you are wearing gloves, take the following steps:
There are just a few tips for preventing mold, mildew, and other fungi.
Posted by K on December 19, 2008 08:05 AM | Permalink
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