Now is the time when many people are preparing for winter. You might be thinking about insulating your home or clearing up your yard, but don’t forget about mold. It can go unnoticed and if ignored for too long, it can be damaging. Make sure you have the possibility of mold on your radar as you prepare for winter.
Keep Your Home Dry
Mold thrives in moist environments so it’s important to keep your home dry. Identify areas that are prone to moisture and address them quickly. For example, the bathroom can often be humid after a hot shower. Turn a fan on for 20–30 minutes to eliminate the excess moisture. Also, make sure you immediately dry any wet areas in your home. Remove wet carpets. Change your wet laundry to the dryer quickly. Finally, check your home for leaks. These may be found near doors, windows, and under sinks. Address any leaks quickly. Letting moisture settle only invites mold so stay vigilant in keeping your home dry.
People often wait until spring to do their major deep clean, but perhaps you should consider a pre-winter deep clean. Go through your home and address all the areas that aren’t on your regular cleaning checklist. Scrub your bathroom free of any mold. Clean your windows well as they often collect moisture. Mold growth is more likely when you have carpet. Consider replacing your floors with hardwood, which is easier to clean and collects less moisture, or change out your carpet regularly to prevent mold growth.
Improve Air Flow
Keeping your home locked up with no air flow is another way to invite mold. As temperatures drop, it’s harder for moisture to stay in the air and so it collects on your walls, ceilings, and floors. To address this, air out your home regularly. Open the windows and let in the air. This can have other benefits as well. You may also want to consider using fans in your home. When set to rotate clockwise, they pull the cold air up and push the warm air down. This keeps you at a comfortable temperature while also circulating air through your home. Switching to fans also has the added benefit of limiting the use of your heating unit, which can be a source of humidity.
There are plenty of ways you can address mold in your home. Largely, it’s about prevention. Make sure you observe good practices in your home that can prevent mold and address any areas of concern. This winter, make sure your home is fully prepared and protected.
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