Did you know that your laundry room provides the perfect environment for mold to form? When checking your home for mold it’s easy to forget about the laundry room, but the combination of humidity and moisture makes it the perfect area for mold growth. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to keep your laundry room mold-free.
Wash Clothes Regularly
- Dirty laundry that is left to pile up can provide a source of food for mold. Piles can also create humidity and provide a space for mold growth to start.
- Never put damp clothes in your laundry pile. Dirty clothes that are wet should be washed immediately.
Dry Clothes Right Away
- Remove damp clothes from the washer as soon as possible. Clothes left in the washer will become musty and create a perfect environment for mold growth inside the machine.
Keep Areas Clean
- Areas around your machines should be checked and cleaned of moisture, grime, dust, and lint regularly. These materials are a great source of food for mold.
- Clean washers and dryers often. Proper care and cleaning instructions can be found in your manufacturer’s manual or on their website.
- Clean areas on machines around doors and rubber seals. These are spaces where excess moisture is easily forgotten and can quickly lead to mold growth.
- Keep floors clean and dry. If your room is carpeted, check often for wet spots or signs of mold.
Maintain Appliances & Check for Leaks
- Clean washers frequently following your maintenance guide. Leave washer doors open after use to allow for proper drying. Check hoses for any signs of wear and tear like cracks or bulges and replace them if needed. Be sure hoses are properly attached to the machine and check for any signs of leaks near connections.
- Remove dryer lint frequently. This helps the dryer run properly, prevents fires, and keeps vents unobstructed so moisture can escape. If lint begins to buildup, then inside and outside ducts and vents may need to be cleaned more thoroughly. Check dryer duct connections often to be sure they are attached securely. If you feel the air around a duct when a dryer is in use, then there may be a leak. Replace damaged ducts as soon as possible.
- Look around and behind appliances for any signs of water damage to walls. Signs of a leak will include discoloration, bubbling, rippling, and softness of material.
Ventilation & Humidity Control
- If there are windows in the space, open them often. Keep exhaust fans on when appliances are in use.
- Check the dryer vent often and remove any lint or debris.
- Keep humidity levels below 50%. Use a humidifier if needed to keep levels under control.
With the wet clothes, humidity from drying, and the possibility of leaks from service lines it should come as no surprise that mold growth in the laundry room is common. It’s a space that needs to be checked often and taken care of so that mold doesn’t spread and cause possible harmful effects. Taking the right steps to prevent growth will be the best way to keep your home safe, clean, and mold-free.
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