Ewwwww! No one likes mold and mildew. It can take over your shower if you aren’t careful. It sinks into the creaks and then you have to do some serious scrubbing.
To prevent having to scrub your shower with bleach to the point you’re going to pass out from the fumes the idea is prevention.
Prevent the mildew from ever happening and that will keep you from ever having to deal with it again.
Handyman Alpharetta – 6 Tips to Keep Mildew Away
1. Spray Your Shower Daily
They have some wonderful preventative cleaners on the market now. All you do is spray after the shower and leave. You’re probably thinking every day? Yes, it only takes a second and once you get in the habit you’ll never even think about it. Especially when you are rewarded with a wonderfully clean shower you barely ever have to scrub!
Just get a bottle of preventative cleaner and place it in every shower and instruct everyone just a few quick sprays as they exit the shower – it’s just that simple!
2. Fix the Leaky Faucets or Shower Heads
Another good idea to prevent mold and mildew is to fix any leaks you have, which by the way is something we can help you with! (WINK) Mildew and mold LOVES moisture so you want to cut that off at the source. Always remember mildew may be annoying but mold can be dangerous.
3. Replace Your Old Caulk
Any time you put caulking in a high moisture environment, such as in a shower or tub, the result is usually mold and mildew. First of all always use 100% silicone caulking in a shower rather than acrylic caulk. The caulk needs to contain biocide, which prevents mold from forming.
Several manufacturers have come out with pretty good mold resistant caulk. A really good one is GE Silicone II* K/B Supreme.
By the way replacing your caulk is also something we can help you with!
4. Use a Washable Shower Curtain
If you have a shower curtain instead of a door use one you can throw in the laundry. That means, skip the vinyl or plastic in favor of cotton, hemp, or nylon. Wash it in hot water, run it through your machine’s spin cycle to remove excess water, then hang it up to dry in the shower.
5. Use Your Ventilation Fan
Your bathroom ventilation fan is not just to keep odor at bay – it’s also a great way to prevent mold and mildew. Lack of ventilation can cause mold and mildew. So when you get out of the shower just let your fan run for about 30 minutes or so and that will draw out the moisture in the air. You can also purchase a dehumidifier just for your bathroom which will greatly keep moisture out.
6. Keep Clutter Out of the Shower
Don’t keep tons of bottles of shampoo or shower gel, toys, or loofahs in the shower, as they provide places for mold to grow and hide.
If you ever see mold and mildew creeping into your walls or insulation you have a serious issue and for health reasons you should consult with a professional immediately.
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