We’ve all seen those tell tale black corners in the bathtub or dotting our shower curtain. You might even have cardboard boxes with damp corners in the basement. A small amount of mold and mildew won’t cause problems, but with some elbow grease and other tips, you can eliminate the issue.
To prevent mildew from occurring in the first place, run your fan in your bathroom and open the bathroom door after showering to allow moisture out. Avoid storing linens, books and furniture in basement areas that get damp. And consider use of a dehumidifier if you have damp areas of the home.
Tackle your bathroom mold with a solution of ¾ cup of chlorine bleach with one gallon of water. Use gloves, wear eye protection, and make sure the fan is on and door open while you apply the solution to moldy areas. Let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse. Take down your shower curtain and replace with a clean plastic liner or simply wash in washing machine with bleach and detergent and then re-hang.
For storage, replace cardboard boxes with plastic ones and make sure the lids close tightly. Put mothballs and DampRid containers in your home’s damp spots. Run a dehumidifier or fan during humid or wet weather.
Nobody likes to see mold or mildew, but a few preventative steps and some elbow grease on a regular basis will keep that issue under control and keep your home safe.