Once your bathroom renovation is complete and your home looks stunning, you want to keep it looking in mint condition for as long as possible. These care and maintenance tips will extend the longevity of your bathroom renovation and help you avoid mold and mildew growth:
What are Mold & Mildew?
Mold and mildew are collections of small organisms (called spores) which thrive in wet and moist environments – like your bathroom. If you don’t clean your bathroom properly, mold spores start to grow and are eventually released into the air. You then inhale these spores into your lungs, which can be problematic for people with compromised immune systems or breathing conditions like asthma. Common health effects include difficulty breathing, coughing, sore throat, and headaches.
- If possible, always leave a window open when showering or bathing. This will allow hot damp air to exit your home instead of building up as condensation on the walls of your bathroom.
- Turn on an exhaust fan prior to showering, and leave it on for at least 15 minutes following your shower. This will suck up some moisture instead of allowing it to fall on the floors or settle on the walls of the bathroom.
- After showering or bathing, rinse the walls, floors, and other wet surfaces with clean water. Pat all surfaces try with a towel after showering.
- Use a squeegee to wipe down the shower glass door after showering.
- Always leave shower doors and bath curtain open after a bath or shower to allow moisture to dissipate.
- Hang up towels and allow them to air dry. If they are just stuffed into a laundry hamper or left in a heap on the floor, they may not dry properly.
- Wash and dry your bath mats on a regular basis.
- Use special cleaning products specifically designed to remove mold and mildew.
- Inspect the caulking around your shower and tub and make sure there are no leaks. If so, it’s important to get them repair right away before water has a chance to seep behind the walls.
- Make sure exhaust fans are vented toward the outside, not just rerouting moist air into your attic.
Your bathroom renovation is a big investment, so you need to treat it right. These preventative measures can help stop mold and mildew from growing and threatening the health of your family.