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One of the most unsettling sights in your bathroom is the build-up of mold and mildew, and this can be even worse if you suffer from seasonal allergies. This can also lead to increased wear and tear on your shower stalls, mosaic tile and other bathroom accessories if you allow it to continue unchecked. If you've recently completed a bathroom remodeling project and would like your improvements to stay brilliant for the foreseeable future, use a few of these tips to your advantage.


1. Air circulation. One of the ways that mold and mildew is given a chance to form in your bathroom is through the humid air remaining in your bathroom long after you've completed your shower. MNN.com suggests opening up both your windows and door to create a cross-ventilation effect, or keep a ceiling fan running throughout your shower. This can help dissipate the heavy volume of moist air that is produced during each shower and make it more hospitable for the next person that uses the room.


2. Wipe down your walls. After each shower, take an extra minute to wipe down both your shower door and the internal surfaces of the shower. Most mold and mildew will begin to form when moisture is left unchecked in the shower stall, so wipe off these surfaces after each use. You should also do the same thing around your sink and on your countertops, as pockets of water can lead to unsightly mildew or water spots.


3. Light filtration. According to ApartmentTherapy.com, light filtration is just as important as proper ventilation. Ample light is the natural enemy of mold, which typically grows in damp, dark places. Consider leaving your lights on for an addition 10 to 15 minutes after you shower and make sure that you have light-filtering shades on your window treatments. You'd be surprised just how big of a difference a well-lit bathroom can make when trying to prevent mold.


It may not occur to you on a regular basis, but the inevitable cleanup that comes with mold and mildew make it worth your while to go the extra mile to keep your washroom clean. What cleaning tips do you have for homeowners who are looking to prevent the formation of these unsightly growths in their bathrooms?

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