Ban Mold & Mildew From Your House

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Mold is one of those things no homeowner even wants to think about. It's gross, makes the house smell musty, spreads like wildfire, makes house cleaning a chore, and damages softer materials including soft wood and carpets. Mold and mildew are not your friends, so don't let them in the house at all!

The best way to deal with mold and mildew is prevention. If you understand where and why mold develops, you can keep it from making itself at home in your home.

What Is Mold and Mildew?

Mildew is a type of mold, and mold is a fungus that grows wherever it can feed. Just like the neighborhood cat who sticks around because people feed it, mold will stay and grow where there's food for it.

So what does mold eat? Anything it can is the most accurate answer. Fabric, wood, decaying food, soiled clothes—if it can consume it to grow, it will. Just like most organisms, though; it needs one more important factor: moisture. Without moisture, mold can't grow. 

How Do You Keep it Away?

Well, you don't want to live in a stainless steel house, so removing the mold's food is nearly impossible—your carpet, walls, and window sills are going to hang around, so you have to do the next best thing and remove the moisture.

First things first: keep your house as clean as possible. Moisture in the air plus a closet piled high with dirty clothes could lead to a mini-mold factory. 

Pay attention to places where there are water sources, especially. The bathroom—including the shower curtain, counters next to the sink, and walls and floors closest to the bathtub—should be cleaned and dried frequently, for instance. If you just don't have time to clean, don't fret; ask a maid service for help. 

Secondly, try to keep things as dry as possible. When you finish with your shower, make sure the curtain drips into the bathtub. Don't leave damp, dirty clothes lying around, and check for leaks around you water heater, toilets, and sinks.

Unfortunately, the air can also carry moisture. If you live in a humid environment, a dehumidifier can be a great tool in the war to prevent mold.

Keep mold and mildew away. They want an all-you-can-eat buffet—give them nothing!

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