If you or a family member has recently been diagnosed with a mold and mildew allergy, there's no doubt you are trying to do as much as possible to reduce and prevent mold and mildew growth in your home. The most common place in the home to find mold and mildew is in the bathroom, even when exhaust fans are used to remove excessive moisture from the air in the bathroom during and after each shower. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make your bathroom mold and mildew allergen free.
Get rid of shower curtains
Shower curtains are highly prone to mold and mildew growth, and shower curtains are extremely difficult to clean to remove every spore. Don't be tempted to use mold resistant shower curtains, especially if you're dealing with a highly sensitive person with allergies. While mold resistant shower curtains may prevent mold growth, they tend to release chemicals into the air by off-gassing.
Instead of using shower curtains, install a glass shower enclosure. Glass shower enclosures can be easily installed and easily cleaned. Mold and mildew tend to grow in soap scum, so keeping the glass shower enclosure free of soap scum will help to prevent mold and mildew growth. Use a small squeegee to remove water droplets from the glass shower enclosure after each time the shower is used. Contact a company like Aladdin's Glass & Screen Products Inc to have a shower enclosure installed in place of curtains.
Remove rugs and toilet seat covers from the bathroom
Rugs and toilet seat covers get damp each time someone takes a shower, especially showers that are hot and steamy. The dampness can cause mold and mildew to grow deep in the fibers of the rugs and toilet seat covers. If you prefer to step out of the shower and onto a soft surface, use bath mats instead. These are similar to what you find in hotels and can be washed and/or thrown into the dryer after every use.
If you want to have a soft toilet seat, consider a cushioned vinyl seat instead of one that uses a carpet-like fabric. Vinyl is mold and mildew resistant because it's not made from organic materials. However, be sure to keep a watchful eye on the condition of the seat. If there are any cracks or holes, moisture could get inside the seat and cause mold and mildew to grow. Keep a few towels on hand to wipe moisture off of surfaces in your bathroom, such as the vinyl toilet seat cover.