Mold growth occurs often in bathrooms because of their moist atmospheres and potential for leaks. As you are thinking of your bathroom remodel ideas, consider incorporating fixtures and materials that deter mold growth to protect your new bathroom and your family’s health.
A few choices you can make to ensure you limit the available living space for mold is to use nonporous materials. Anything that offers small areas (like pores) for mold to take hold and begin flourishing is something that should be avoided. To do this, consider using an acrylic shower and/or bathtub. It is nonporous and, therefore, offers an inhospitable environment for mold. You can also invest in nonporous countertops made of material like marble, granite, and stainless steel. Not only are these quality materials that will stand the test of time, but they are also materials that deter the growth of mold. Both of these areas of the bathroom will constantly be getting wet throughout the day. Inevitably, they will, at some point, serve as the perfect breeding ground for mold. It is important to think about what you can do to limit the places mold can grow, and what better time to do this than while you are fine-tuning your bathroom remodel ideas.
You may also want to consider the air itself in your bathroom. Even though mold will be growing on the surfaces of your bathroom, the air in the bathroom plays a huge role in creating the perfect living space for mold. Humid, stagnant air is mold’s dream. Disrupt the air with a circulating fan to push moisture out of the bathroom and circulate the air that remains. You can also add larger windows or a skylight to allow as much natural sunlight to enter the bathroom as possible.
Lastly, ensure that you use the proper sealants and caulking on all of your fixtures. Do everything you can to prevent moisture from getting into places that are not easily cleaned or wiped up. When stagnant water finds a place to hang out in your bathroom, there the mold will begin to grow also.
None of us wants to deal with mold, and one of the best ways to prevent it is to create an inhospitable environment for it from the beginning. Your bathroom may not have been originally designed with preventing mold in mind, but now that you are remodeling, you can make everything “right” and in accordance with your standards. Keep these tips in mind as you make your selections to save you stress, money, and possibly a few illnesses in the future.