- Completely Dry Your Clothing
Did you know that moisture can promote mold growth? To avoid this, you need to make sure your laundry has been completely dried before putting them in your closet.
- Use Wire Shelving
To discourage the mold growth within your closet, we recommend using wire shelving as well as louvered closet doors (the ones with the angled slats). The air flow between your doors and items on the shelf will help keep the closet humidity and moisture levels low. Also, this can help you increase the air circulation inside the closet, so it doesn’t feel stuffy or have that stale air smell.
- Do Not Store Dirty Clothes
Don’t keep your laundry basket for dirty clothes in your closest—especially if you keep the door closed. Damp, dirty laundry can cause mold and mildew can begin to set in.
- Avoid Opening Your Pantry-Style Closets When Humidity Is High
Pantry-style closets in moisture prone areas, like in or near bathrooms with showers, should be kept closed when the humidity is high inside the room (like during a hot shower). This way, you can prevent moisture from settling on your shelves and clothing inside of the shower.
- Watch for leaks
Closets in or next to bathrooms and/or showers are more at risk for mold growth because of the water source nearby. If a leak sprouts in the walls or is noticed from visible plumbing within the bathroom (under the sink, around the shower head, or behind the toilet) remember that the damage can extend to the areas nearby and not just within the bathroom, so the leak should be repaired quickly and the water thoroughly dried up.
- Be Proactive
If you start noticing that there are already signs of mold growth, you need to be proactive. Treat the area with bleach or a mold cleaner and allow it to dry thoroughly. You can try investing in a dehumidifier to eliminate the moisture and avoid further mold growth throughout your home. If the mold returns, even with your best efforts, it may be time to call a professional mold remediation company.