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Four Tips For Fighting Mold And Mildew In The Bathroom

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Is there a layer of black or brown scum in the ridge between your shower and its frame? Maybe you always notice some mold around the rim of your sink's drain, or some mildew on your bathroom window. Mold and mildew are very common in the bathroom since it's a warm, moist environment. Keeping them under control can seem like an ongoing battle, and in fact, it is important to regularly take action against mold and mildew to keep them under control. Here are a few tips to help make your fight more effective.

Use bleach.

When scrubbing away mold and mildew (which you should do as soon as it appears , rather than waiting), always use a solution that contains bleach, as it will kill the mold and keep it from coming back for a while. There's really no need to purchase an expensive bathroom cleaner. A splash of bleach in a bucket of warm water is sufficient. Let it sit on the mold for a few minutes before wiping it away.

Have your drains and pipes professionally cleaned.

Often, mold problems begin in your drains, since these often don't get cleaned regularly. Then, the mold slowly creeps up out of the drain and spreads to other areas of your bathroom. Having your drains professionally cleaned by a plumbing contractor once a year can go a long way towards keeping mold under control. Between professional cleanings, keep mold under control by periodically pouring a little bleach water down each of your drains. Then, wait a bit before turning on any water or flushing, so the bleach has time to work.

Address any leaks.

If you notice water dripping from a faucet or shower head, take care of the leak right away instead of ignoring it until it becomes more severe. Even a slow drip of water means your sink or shower is always staying moist, and this continued moisture is very appealing to mold and mildew. Sometimes, fixing the leak may just require tightening the bolts that fasten your faucet to the sink or shower. Other times, you may need a plumber to replace the fixture entirely.

Wipe surfaces down after showering.

Turning on the ventilation or exhaust system after you shower is a good start when it comes to fighting mold and mildew, but this action alone won't eliminate moisture from the bathroom. Try also wiping down your shower doors and walls to dry them off after each shower. Keep a separate towel for this purpose, and wash it regularly to ensure that the towel itself does not become moldy.