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MILDEWS AND DON’TS

 

When it comes to issues of moisture and high humidity, no other room in a home rivals the bathroom. From long, leisurely baths to hot, steamy showers, it’s easy to understand why the ceilings and walls in this poorly-ventilated space are regularly peppered with mildew.  

The good news is, there are many ways to combat this ‘growing’ problem on a short and long-term basis. Here are just a few:

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REMOVE THE NATURAL WAY: Skip the costly store-bought, chemical solutions and remove existing mildew just by filling a spray bottle with vinegar and adding a few teaspoons of baking soda. After spraying the affected areas, rinse with hot water and dry with a clean towel.

DRY THE AIR: Because mildew is not a fan of dry air, dry the shower and tub after each use and then use a fan and a dehumidifier. This make take several hours to be effective.

WASH BEFORE PAINTING: A new coat or two of paint can be just what the mildew doctor ordered, as well as a good way to rejuvenate the look of your bathroom. In fact, there are paints on the market specially formulated to resist mildew. Just make sure you wash the walls before painting, otherwise existing mildew may bleed through or cause adhesion problems. Again, do it yourself by using a regular sponge dipped in a solution of one part bleach to three parts water.