Avoid getting roasted by your family during the holidays with these 5 tips for mold cleaning.
Have you been hustling and bustling all year? Things are finally winding down and you can see the end of the year in sight. But, that means it’s time for the holidays. And that means hosting family. Maybe you host every year or maybe it’s just your turn, but either way you need to be prepared.
The decorations have to be perfect and the food better be tasty. Most importantly though, your bathroom better be top-notch. If there’s mold, grandma is going to lose it, and no one wants a grumpy grammy at Christmas dinner. But don’t fear: your bathroom can look as if it never had mold in the first place with these 5 tips.
Let’s get to work.
- Don’t Let Water Build Up
You might think a simple wipe around the edges of your shower is enough to prevent mold, but you should bring in a simple tool like a squeegee to clear any water from the area.
What’s so important about a squeegee? We’ll give you the short and sweet: it wipes off the moisture that builds up on the walls of your tub or shower. The dampness of the shower is the top reason that mold grows. A squeegee reduces that mold by 75% and also can be used to fight off cousins hogging the bathroom.
Websites like BarterDesign go into more detail about why exactly you need a squeegee and which you should buy.
- Ventilation is Key
You know that extra switch that makes a loud noise in your bathroom? That’s the bathroom fan switch and it is a necessity for a mold-free bathroom. Now listen, it might seem annoying, but the fan will make or break your ability to get rid of mold before the holidays. Some people have the ease of one switch for both the light and the fan. They have no excuses.
Even with the fan on, make sure to keep the door open before and after you shower for the best results. If you really need to get rid of the mold, make sure you’re keeping the fan on at least 30 minutes after you get out of the shower.
- Keep the Shower/Bathtub Area Clean
Don’t leave your shampoo, conditioner, and soap in the shower. The water that collects on these bottles will encourage mold to get busy and multiply. After every shower, either dry off your bottles or put them on your sink. It might seem like a hassle, but it really helps.
You should also avoid leaving your shower curtain closed, since that creates a dark, wet place. You know what mold loves? Dark and wet places. Clean and bright will help grandma sleep at night.
- A Leak Will Be the Death of You
- Do a quick check of all the pipes in your bathroom
- Then do a more detailed check.
- Turn the faucets on and off
- Turn the shower on and off
Make sure that nothing is dripping.
A leak just lets water collect in your bathroom, usually in those dark and wet places that we talked about earlier.
It doesn’t hurt to get a plumber either, just in case something breaks before the holidays.
- Wash Your Towels and Rugs Regularly
Get your dryer handy. You’re already doing holiday laundry anyways, aren’t you? Throw in those towels and rugs. Moisture loves fabric and guess what? So does mold.
Moldy fabric is the worst. Do an extra load for the bathroom stuff if you need to.