Nothing makes us feel more relaxed and refreshed than a hot shower full of steam. Unfortunately, because shower curtains are prone to mold, they will quickly turn from rejuvenating to risky. The good news is that preventing mildew on shower curtains is easier than you think. Here are some best practices to keep bathing time safe and sacred.
Why is there mildew on the shower curtain?
Mold usually forms on shower curtains in poorly ventilated bathrooms. Excess moisture located between the shower curtain and the shower liner may be trapped, creating an ideal growth environment for mold and mildew (which, by the way, should be taken as seriously as mold).
How to prevent it:
1. Turn on the exhaust fan.
If you have an exhaust fan, running it is the easiest way to let the air flow in the bathroom. However, it is worth noting that when you turn on the exhaust fan, you will create a negative pressure environment in the bathroom to suck out steam and air. In order for your exhaust fan to work properly, you need to replace the air at the same speed as the air being pumped out. This is why it is important to open the door or window every time it runs.
If you do not change the airflow into the bathroom, your exhaust device will not be as efficient as it should be. Have you noticed that the fan drips after taking a hot shower? This is the moisture trapped in the vent due to lack of incoming air.
2. Separate curtains and cushions.
After showering or bathing, it is best to put the shower curtain outside the bathtub and put the shower liner inside the bathtub so that they can be separated from each other. This is a simple step that is often overlooked.
By separating them, you can make them all dry properly. When these two damp surfaces come into contact, moisture will last longer between them. (Think about if you put a wet sponge on the counter; the sponge and the counter under it will remain damp for a long time.)
3. Hang your mat.
The same moisture retention occurs when you touch the wet bath mat to the floor. Just support your bath mat on the shower rod or towel rack to make it completely dry between uses, and you can reduce the trouble of mold growth around the shower area.
4. Clean regularly.
Another useful tip is to clean your bath mat and shower curtain regularly. Over time, dust will accumulate on both, and when the dust accumulates, it will provide a kind of magnet for the settled mold spores. In our house, we clean shower curtains, liners and bath mats once a week.
How to remove mold from the shower.
Suppose you are too late and you already have mold on your bath mat, shower curtain and/or shower liner. You can use fabric cleaners that have been proven to remove mold (this is the one I recommend) to remove them, or replace them and work harder to prevent mold next time.