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4 Ways to Prevent Bathroom Mold

Posted on: May 19, 2017

It can be a challenge to preventing bathroom mold. The environment in your bathroom is perfect for mold to grow. The combination of heat, water, steam, dampness, and the dark can cause black patches to appear between tiles and around bath edging.

It is always easier to prevent mold from forming than to eliminate mold completely. Mold tends to eat into silicone, grout, and any porous surface. So, the more you can do to keep your bathroom free from dampness, the fewer mold problems you will experience.

In this article, you will learn the top 4 ways to prevent mold taking over your bathroom. First of all, let’s look at the dangers of mold in your home.

Health Risks of Bathroom Mold

Any kind of mold in your home, including bathroom mold, is associated with a number of health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to moldy environments can cause serious healthy issues in some people. Some of the dangers of breathing in mold spores are:

  • throat irritation
  • coughing or wheezing
  • eye or skin irritation
  • asthma

So, preventing bathroom mold – the most common room in the house where mold accumulates – is a must.

How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

Of course, you should make sure and fix any leaking faucets or pipes in your bathroom to prevent water accumulating. But what can you do to avoid moldy patches developing after having a shower or bath?

1. Ventilation

It’s important to remove all dampness and steam from your bathroom by running bathroom ventilation for at least 30 minutes. If you don’t have an exhaust fan, contact your local plumber to get one installed.

2. Light

Mold thrives in dark places, so try to keep your bathroom as light as possible. You could install a light timer that keeps the light on while the exhaust fan is running.

3. Wipe down

After a shower or bath, dry off all excess water from the walls, shower screen, and bath. You can prevent mold developing by keeping all bathrooms areas as dry as possible.

4. Keep areas clean

Prevent mold in your bathroom by keeping any rugs, shower curtains, or other fabrics clean. Dirt and grime on rugs or curtains can attract mold and, before you know it, you have a mold problem in the bathroom.


  • Facts about mold and dampness by CDC.gov.
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