With the constant moisture, humidity, and sometimes inadequate ventilation, it’s no wonder bathrooms are so susceptible to mildew. This fungus is not only unsightly when it appears on ceilings, walls, tile, and grout, it can set off an array of respiratory issues including allergies and asthma.

So, what’s the best way to win the war against mildew? Stop it before it starts. Here’s how.

Use mildew-resistant paint. Ready to freshen up your bathroom? Make sure the paint you choose is specially formulated for high-moisture areas.

Keep the bathroom well-ventilated. Run a bathroom exhaust fan while you shower or bathe and keep it on for at least 15 minutes after you turn the water off to remove all that excess moisture from the air. That, in turn, enables walls, ceilings, and cabinetry to dry properly. Opening the bathroom window even a crack is also a helpful step.

Leave the lights on. Mildew thrives in damp, dark places, so don’t be so quick to turn the lights off after bathing or showering. If your bathroom has a window, allow natural light to flood the room as much as possible.

Mop up spills and splashes right away. Use a squeegee to wipe water from the tub and shower doors and use a towel to mop up puddles on the floor.

Fix leaks promptly. That pesky leak is not only wasting gallons of water a day but is giving mold an ideal environment in which to thrive. Take care of toilet, faucet, shower head, and all other plumbing leaks as soon as you notice them.

Seal grout and caulk lines. Over time and with constant exposure to water, grout and caulk lines can break down and allow water to penetrate. Scrub them clean every couple of weeks and reseal once a year or more frequently if needed.

Keep bath and shower items clean and dry. Clean up under and around shampoos and conditioners, wash shower curtains and towels regularly, and replace loofahs and sponges often.

Keep up with routine cleaning. Neglecting this high-moisture room will only encourage mildew to grow. So, besides wiping up spills and puddles, thoroughly clean the toilet, tub, shower, and fixtures once a week.

If your bathroom is showing signs of age, including leaking pipes or toilets that won’t stop running, contact Anthony’s for bathroom plumbing repairs and upgrades of every kind. We have the experience and resources to help you maintain a very comfortable and leak-free bathroom environment.