Mildew in the home can be a health disaster

From aggravating allergies and asthma to simply providing poor air quality and health risks, it’s important to keep your home free of this pesky irritant.

Here are our top tips for a mildew-free home:

Firstly, keep a careful eye on your home’s moisture levels. Some atmospheric humidity is actually good.

Keeping a home’s humidity levels between 40% and 55% helps cut down on dust and pollen, keeps hair, skin and nasal passages healthy, reduces allergies and will also help wooden surfaces stay robust and resistant without warping.

If it creeps higher, however, it’s a recipe for damp and mildew.

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Run a dehumidifier for your home if you find you have an overall issue, or use a closet or spot dehumidifier if you spot one or two problem areas.

Never store linens or towels in a damp closet, and be sure they’re properly dried before you put them away. Books and papers also need to be stored in a dry area, or they can become mildew traps. Watch out for signs of rising damp that may need some DIY (or professional) care.

The bathroom is often a key problem area for mould and mildew, and may need a more specific solution.

Exhaust fans are simple to install, and will pull the damp air after bathing or showering out of the room, replacing it with clean, dry air.

Even if you opt not to install one, be sure to open bathroom windows and doors after bathing to allow moist air to escape. Reseal bathroom and kitchen grout once a year to prevent mildew from getting a footing to grow.

The best way to keep your family healthy is to prevent mould and mildew in the first place. With these quick management strategies, a healthy, happy home will be yours.