How To Prevent Mold Buildup In Your Shower

by Editor on May 29, 2013

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One of the biggest complaints for showers is mold. Mold is the greatest enemy and if it’s not controlled on time, it will spread and later becomes more difficult to deal with and hard to get rid of. Most people aren’t aware of it, but mold loves and grows on moisture. Here are a few very valuable tips to keep in mind every time you shower that will help prevent mold from occurring and keep it under control.

Squeegee

One of the most important things you should do after you shower is to always have a squeegee around and squeegee the walls and shower door down before you get out of the shower. This will allow your walls to dry faster and prevent moisture from standing in the shower.

It’s not a bad idea to squeegee the floor also and push any excessive water towards the drain as most of the time the mold builds at the corners where the wall and floor meet.

Fan

Most bathrooms already have exhaust fans installed in the ceiling. It’s not a bad idea to turn the exhaust fan on while taking a shower and even running the fan for a good 30 minutes after you shower. The fan helps to pull out some of the moisture. If you don’t have a fan, but have a window,

then open your window to air out the room as much as possible. If you don’t have a window or a fan, then keep the bathroom door open so that air will get in. The worst thing you could do it shut the bathroom door.

Shower Door

Most people come out of the shower and shut the shower door. One of the easiest ways to prevent mold from building up is to leave the shower door open. Once you’ve squeegeed everything down, leaving the shower door open will help to dry the walls quicker. If you close the door, remember there is still some moisture and because mold loves moisture, it will begin to quickly build.

Grout

If your showers walls are tiled make sure the grout is sealed. One of the biggest complaints is mold in the grout joints. A good sealer will protect the grout from mold for a period of time but you will have to re-seal your grout at some point. You may want to consider re-grouting at some point with a grout such as an epoxy that you would never have to seal and is mold and mildew resistant.

Other Suggestions

These ideas have covered most of the ways you can prevent mold from becoming a problem. Another suggestion might be to consider looking at new shower faucets, should be having issues with mold around the shower itself as well as in tiles and around the shower doors.

Other than that, it is best to stick to a regular cleaning schedule; daily is ideal, but we understand that is not always possible if you’re rushing to get ready for work, for example.

Following these tips and keeping the air circulating and the bathroom as dry as possible will keep the mold away.

About the Author

Robert solely specializes in bathroom additions and bathroom remodels. He focuses on all details, including the shower additions and even shower faucets. In his spare time Robert enjoys taking out his boat with his two sons and water skiing.

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