As everyone is aware of the saying that prevention is better than cure. And indeed, why spend lots of time and efforts cleaning mold from grout, when you can simply prevent it from appearing altogether? All you need to do in order to keep mold under control is to deprive it of the main prerequisite for this growth – moisture. Just keep the tiles dry and you’ll never have to worry about the harmful microorganisms.
But how can you decrease moisture from a room that is designed to be wet – such as the bathroom, for instance? It sounds absurd.
You can’t, of course, but you can reduce the dampness – there is a huge difference between getting wet and staying permanent wet.
Below are some simple, yet highly efficient measures you can take to lower the humidity in your kitchen, bathroom and other wet areas of your house to prevent and remove mold from grout lines:
- Keep windows and door open for as long as possible to ensure air flow within the home:
- Let the bathroom window stay open for at least 15 minutes after you turn the shower off, so that excess moisture can move out of the room rather than condense on the walls and tiles;
- Leave the shower door open when the shower is not in use;
- Keep the kitchen windows open while cooking to allow the steam to escape;
- Ventilate the laundry room, basement, and attic as often as possible.
- Switch on the exhaust fan in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes after showering to draw the moisture out of the room;
- Wipe down the shower walls and shower floor after bathing – you can use a squeegee, a hand towel, or a washcloth to do the job (the latter is particularly good at getting to the tile grout and in the corners where mold tends to appear first).
- Use shower curtains and liners that are easy to clean, so that you can keep them in ideal condition all the time. Remember to shake the worst of the water off the curtain after taking a shower and to leave it partially drawn so that it can dry faster.
- Always Hang your bath towels to dry after you use it – if you don’t hang them and leave it wet in the bathroom, they’ll contribute to the humidity in the room;
- Spray the tiles and caulking in your bathroom with a mold-prohibition solution at least once in a week. All you need to do is mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and you will get a natural anti-mold solution that will protect your bathroom against the fungi.
- Keep the tiles always clean. The best way to minimize the chance of mold growth in the grout is regular scrubbing and cleaning. Unless frequently cleaned, the tile surface can become coated in fine layer of soap-scum over time. It builds up and creates a porous deposit which helps mold in breeding.
- Repair leaky faucets and shower heads to remove the source of excess moisture in your bathroom and kitchen.
- Seal the grout. Apply a coat or two of a silicon-based grout sealer to dry grout. It will significantly reduce the speed at which moisture can penetrate the porous grout so that it gets less wet and dries much faster. Besides, the durable antimicrobial technology incorporated in the sealant will provide a good barrier against all kinds of microbes, including mold.
- Use mold-resistant paint and grout that contains anti-fungal additives when repainting your kitchen or bathroom and installing new tiles.
The more you do to prevent mold in grout, the easier it will be to keep your bathroom and kitchen in excellent condition. However, if mold appears in the grout lines despite your efforts, you need to remove it without delay.
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