How to Keep Your Laundry Mold-Free
For families, laundry rooms are inevitably one of the busiest places in the home. It seems that every day, kids come home from school with a different type of stain – mud and grass, food, marker, etc. It’s no wonder parents are constantly running their washers and dryers. Unfortunately, the excessive heat and humidity found in laundry rooms makes way for dangerous mold and mildew growth.
Last week, we went over the impact mold and mildew can have one’s health and home, as well as how to clean and prevent their return. This week, we’re going to go over some helpful tips on how to keep your laundry mold-free. The last thing you want is to throw on “fresh” clothes, only to find they mildewed in the washer.
Don’t Let Clothes Sit in the Washer
We’ve all been guilty of leaving clothes in the washer for a day or even more. If you waited too long, it’s not long before you notice a stench. That unpleasant aroma is bacteria and mold, and sadly, no amount of drying will get rid of it. The only solution here is to wash the clothes all over again, which is wasteful.
Let’s face it, planning your day around doing laundry can be difficult, particularly when a load from start to finish can take upwards of four hours. While it’s not detrimental to leave your clothes in the machine overnight, you don’t want to make a habit out of doing so. The best choice will always be to switch the clothes over as soon as possible.
Two other areas to inspect for mold are your washer’s water connections and the wall behind your machines for bubbling. Even a small leak could lead to extensive repairs. If you notice a leak, schedule an inspection with a licensed professional right away.
Regularly Clean Your Washing Machine
You’d think a household appliance responsible for cleaning other things doesn’t need to be cleaned, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Your washing machine works hard to clean your clothes, and it needs some TLC of its own. To prevent mold from growing in your machine, you’ll need to regularly clean it. Check out Apartment Therapy’s in-depth guide on how to clean your machine like a pro.
Keep your Dryer Vent Clean & Clear
Homeowners often associate cleaning dryer vents with fire prevention and efficiency, but it also helps to prevent mold growth. If your vent emits a sour smell, it’s an indicator that your vent and outside escape should be cleaned right away.
Pay Attention to Humidity Levels
In our last post, we mentioned the importance of keeping your home’s humidity levels below 50 percent. This is especially crucial in the laundry room. Having the proper amount of humidity will not only prevent mold growth, it will also lower energy costs because your dryer won’t need to work as hard. Here are a few ways you can lower your humidity:
- Ensure proper ventilation by installing a dehumidifier or by opening a window.
- If your laundry room’s ventilation is poor, use a mold-resistant paint on the walls.
Did you like these simple tips on how to keep your laundry mold free? Make sure to follow along for more useful how-to’s! And, if you discover any mold problems along the way, call the experts at RestoPros immediately. We are here 24/7 to restore safety, comfort and peace of mind to your home. Call 855-587-3786 today for unparalleled customer care.