In many of our previous blogs we have mentioned the importance of keeping your bathroom as dry as possible, after all it is the most likely to be the room that is affected by the highest humidity, the kitchen is a close second.
What most people don’t know is that there are ways to prevent your bathroom belongings from mold contamination. For instance, running your fan for an extra 15-30 minutes can help clear the air and dry it out, most people don’t realize that is the purpose of a bathroom fan and not to cover any unnecessary or unwanted smells. But, if you are like a lot of people who are in a rush after a shower and end up leaving your home and fan running for hours at a time you could invest in a timer that your fan can run off of. Make sure when you get them installed that you seek professional assistance of a certified electrician. Most electricians will have a brand that they can suggest or you can find them at your local hardware stores.
Another useful trick that you may not be aware of is to draw your curtains after your shower, it helps keep your bathroom looking organized and also prevents moisture build up in the folds that even your fan can have a hard time drying after a hot shower. If your home has a window in the bathroom then you may be in the situation where you do not have a fan in the room in which case you can look into heat exchange bathroom fans.
One of the top answers you will see online for removing the mold will be to wash it with bleach and hang dry the curtain, we would like to believe that this is the best answer to solve your problem but bleach could take the color out of your shower curtain leaving it dull and weird looking… Bleach does not kill mold, it is a myth. For the extra $10 you may as well replace it with a vinyl curtain that you can easily wipe down after showers and not have to worry about the fabric containing mold, am I right?
Even the vinyl curtains can contain mold from excess humidity build up, this is why drawing your curtains could save you from having to purchase a new one every two weeks. The vinyl itself will not support mold growth however, dust that settles on the vinyl can provide a food source and allow mold to grow.
We know from personal experience that a lot of bathrooms contain mold build up behind the plastic covers that a lot of showers / baths are made of these days without being installed properly, trying to save yourself money by doing your own install is what ends up costing you more in the future if you don’t do it right the first time! If you believe you have mold in your walls or behind your fixtures call today for assistance on getting an inspector to come and take a look and evaluate your situation before the problem gets out of control.