How to Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

by Jess Rehll - February 18, 2021

Mold, mildew, and moisture problems are especially prevalent in states with hot, humid summers. If you want to prevent mold growth, you should clean problem areas, reduce humidity levels, and use green cleaning products. Doing these things will help you to keep your home mold-free.

Clean Problem Areas

You should regularly clean the surfaces in your home. Getting into the habit of cleaning and drying the surfaces in your bathroom and other moist areas is a great way to keep your bathroom clean and free of mold and mildew. Mold can’t grow and thrive without moisture, so it’s important to dry wet areas in your home immediately. Also, make sure you don’t leave wet clothing or bath towels out for too long. It is very difficult to completely clean if you’re using material that has been compromised by mold.

Reduce Humidity Levels

High heat and humidity create the ideal environment for mold and mildew to thrive. That’s why June-August promotes mold growth more than any other month. Warm temperatures and high humidity set the stage for mold and mildew. When it comes to areas prone to moisture like the laundry room, waterproof flooring is the most ideal option. Mold and mildew thrive in a humid environment, so it is important to keep your humidity levels down. In areas that are prone to excessive moisture, make sure you ventilate. If you’re going out of town, running the air conditioner on a low setting will help dry and circulate the air. A closed-up home in the summer without air conditioning and little air movement will create the humid, warm, and dark conditions necessary for mold growth.

Use Green Cleaning Products

Cleaning products with an overwhelming odor are ironically the biggest sources of volatile organic compounds in the home. This is especially true of artificial pine and lemon products. When using these cleaners to rid areas of mold and other pollutants, you are essentially trading one contaminant for another. When dealing with mold (and cleaning your home in general), try to stick with cleaners that are water-based, non-toxic, and non-aerosol.

If you have a mold problem, there are a few things you can do to prevent growth. You should clean problem areas, reduce humidity levels, and use green cleaning products. Doing each of these things will help you to keep your home safe and clean.

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