Tips for Preventing Mold and Mildew During Hot, Humid Summer Months

May 30, 2024
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Living in Florida's highly humid climate, our homes and buildings are prone to mold and mildew growth. As a team of seasoned cleaning professionals with years of experience in both residential and commercial settings, we've encountered and successfully tackled our fair share of these fungi. Our expertise has equipped us with the best strategies to help you avoid them this summer. It's crucial to control ventilation and manage moisture accumulation—keep reading for more tips for preventing mold and mildew during hot, humid summer months!

1. Control your building’s humidity levels.

Placing dehumidifiers throughout your building, especially in spots prone to high humidity, including bathrooms and kitchens, will help regulate the humidity levels. Indoor humidity levels should be no more than about 60%. Adequately cleaned and filtered HVAC systems also help to dehumidify air more effectively.

2. Facilitate ventilation whenever possible.

Using exhaust fans in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and other spaces that produce more moisture will help to propel the moisture away from the contained area. Opening windows and ventilating intimate spaces will also increase airflow and reduce humidity.

3. Prioritize regular maintenance and routine cleaning.

We often leave dropped ice cubes and small spills around the house to dry on their own, but over time, these can add up and lead to mold and mildew growth. Be sure to dry any spills, condensation, or leaks that may come your way, and frequently check for more significant leaks around the building’s infrastructure.

4. Ensure your building is properly insulated.

Adequately insulated windows, doors, walls, and pipes act as a barrier, effectively preventing condensation from accumulating and potentially developing into mold or mildew.

5. Manage drainage around your building.

During the summer months, it is crucial to ensure that your gutters and downspouts are free of water and debris. Proper gutter system upkeep will help prevent moisture from seeping into your home's foundation, especially during severe storms.

6. Maintain proper upkeep of indoor plants.

If you overwater your indoor plants, the soil can become excessively damp, which creates the perfect conditions for mold to grow. If you think you've added too much water to a plant, you can use activated charcoal to help soak up the excess moisture.

7. Utilize mold-resistant materials from the start.

If you are renovating or building a new property, tackle the risks of mold at the source using mold-resistant materials such as moisture-resistant drywall, green board, and mold-resistant insulation. Similarly, if you paint rooms in your home or building, you can add mold inhibitors to the paint you use for walls and ceilings.

By implementing these proven strategies in your property's maintenance and cleaning schedule, you can effectively manage and prevent mold and mildew growth. With our residential and commercial cleaning services supporting your preventive efforts, you can look forward to a season free from mold and mildew. Contact us today—we're here to help!

Quick & Clean is a women-owned and operated commercial cleaning service proudly serving Tallahassee, Florida, and surrounding areas, including Crawfordville, Wakulla, Quincy, Havana, and Monticello. Quick & Clean has experience in lobby cleaning, bathroom cleaning, COVID Disinfection, and more. Expertise that's guaranteed to leave a lasting and clean impression. Give us a call at (850) 765-0049 to learn more or to schedule your cleaning services today!

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