Fighting Mildew in the Home

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ December 2, 2009

Mildew, allowed to grow unchecked indoors, can whip up allergies, cause permanent discoloring of your floors and furnishings, and create permanent fiber damage. Tossing bleaching products on mildewed furniture and paint can create additional damage. Then there are the distasteful odors that permeate your home as heat, humidity, and unintentional nutrients help spread these simple plant organisms in your bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms, and other living spaces.

Controlling moisture and overall dampness in the home is one of the best ways of keeping mildew from establishing colonies in your floors, windows, rugs, and furniture. Moisture naturally results from boiling liquids in the kitchen and running water in the shower. There are waterproof sealants, fabrics, and paints that can help resist mildew. Also, use moisture barriers that come in sheeting to protect your attic, basement, and crawl spaces from moisture.

Fight Mildew and Dampness

Mold spores love moisture, while mildew plants love the nutrients they collect from soiled fabrics and muddy clothing. Consider installing a humidistat to measure relative humidity in your home and remember to seal windows and doors when you're using dehumidifiers or air conditioners.

Here are a few simple tips to fight moisture during everyday activities:

     

     

  • Use a kitchen fan and cover all pots and pans when boiling foods.
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  • Turn on your air conditioner to remove moisture because cool air fights mildew as easily as hot air feeds it.
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  • Hang or place trays of Silica gel to absorb moisture in kitchens, closets, and living spaces.
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  • Dry shoes and clothes thoroughly before putting them away, and vent your clothes dryer outside your home.

Last, be sure to attend to moisture and dampness issues if you're performing a bathroom remodeling project.

 

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