Bathrooms by their very nature lend themselves to moisture. Between the bathing and handwashing, there’s a lot of water let fly on a regular basis. The problem is that dampness and moisture cause serious damage to wood and other materials. It also leads to mold, giving your bathroom an unpleasant odor and icky atmosphere. Luckily, there are plenty of tricks out there to help keep moisture to a minimum. Base your strategy on these three tips, and you’ll keep your bathroom drier than ever before.
1. Get Better Air Circulation
A lot of a bathroom’s daily moisture comes from the condensation that occurs with every shower. Especially if you prefer long, hot showers, you likely find every surface in your bathroom dripping wet by the time you towel off. The easiest way to lessen this pesky problem is by showering with the bathroom door open. Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone, so another option is to get a dehumidifying vent installed in your bathroom. This circulates the air out of the bathroom and through your central AC to keep the humidity in the bathroom at normal levels while also helping prevent the buildup of unpleasant bathroom odors.
2. Install A Floor Drain
Standing water on the bathroom floor isn’t just gross, but it also does serious damage to your home. All that moisture leads to rot, and you might find yourself replacing your floors much more often than you’d like. Help limit this problem by installing a drain on your floor. That way, the water will fall away, leaving only a bit of moisture behind it that can be evaporated with proper air circulation. Stainless steel drainage grates are actually quite stylish, so you don’t have to worry about detracting from your bathroom’s aesthetic appeal. You’ll especially be glad you have these should your tub or toilet overflow.
3. Prevent the Spread of Water
Another big problem is when you spread water around the bathroom needlessly. Stepping out of the shower while still dripping wet needlessly subjects your floor to copious amounts of water. Try keeping your towel within arm’s reach and drying off fully before stepping onto the floor. Absorbent bath mats on the floor can also help to keep the water from trickling off to other places. Finally, make sure that your shower curtain or shower door is doing its job in keeping your shower spray inside the designated shower area. If it’s deflecting out to the rest of the bathroom, you can end up with water running down the wall (wearing down drywall if you don’t have tile there,) trickling around the floor, and so on.
A drier bathroom is both more pleasant and longer-lasting. By following these tips, you’ll be able to help prevent mold and mildew growth in your bathroom. This means your bathroom will be easier to clean, more pleasant to use, and will last longer with time. However, this takes a few steps on your part to make sure that moisture isn’t resting for long periods of time in your moisture-heavy rooms. Bathrooms need proper ventilation, ways to absorb shower runoff, places for excess runoff to go, and ways to contain water in the areas they’re meant to be in.
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