How to prevent mildew in the bathroom

Mildew prevention is easy if you follow these simple tips to reduce mildew in the bathroom.

Just like monsters in the movies, mildew thrives in damp, dark, misty conditions. Your bathroom couldn’t be a more perfect home for mildew. Here are some suggestions to chase away mildew demons lurking in your bathroom:

  • Keep surfaces clean. Dirt, grease, body oils, and so forth are all like Thanksgiving dinner to mildew.
  • Keep a squeegee in the shower and use it on the shower walls, door, and floor after showering. Towel them dry after squeegeeing in extreme cases.
  • Leave the shower door open or the shower curtains parted after you’re done showering.
  • Open a window to keep fresh air circulating.
  • Leave the bathroom door open during showering
  • Hang towels so they dry completely before the next day’s use.
  • Put a portable fan in the bathroom, and turn it on after showering to help exchange wet bathroom air for drier air from other rooms.
  • Get a dehumidifier.
  • Get really serious and install an exhaust fan.
  • If you’re building your own dream home, install windows in your bathroom that are at least as big as the windows in the other rooms of the house. This allows fresh air to come in and chase away potential mildew.

If you’re too late and already have a bit of mildew in your bathroom, don’t fret. Most mildew can be attacked with your normal cleaning routine in the bathroom. In other words, apply a fiberglass cleaner, agitate with a white pad and an old toothbrush, then rinse. This removes soap scum and water spots and it will also remove most or all of the mildew. If mildew remains, tackle it with Red Juice and a microfiber cleaning cloth.

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