We found this article on the Home and Living Cheat Sheet website and think this is excellent advice.
The authors suggest two key factors in getting rid of mold and mildew in the bathroom:
- Make sure you have a properly installed shower curtain liner. Curtain liners are cheap, so there's really no reason why you can take their advice and put up one that completely covers your shower opening. Then of course, make sure you keep the liner inside the tub so the water that hits it flows down inside the shower. Spending a few dollars on a shower curtain liner could literally save you thousands of dollars in repairs from mold, mildew and dry rot.
- Test your shower or bath tub liner. If you have a liner installed in your bath or shower, it's very important to be sure they don't leak. If water gets between the liner and the original shower enclosure, you can end up with some really nasty mold growth, and once that starts the only real way to fix it is to remove the liner.
We'd like to add a third item: If you have a shower door instead of a curtain, make sure you check the door and door frame regularly for leaks. If the door was installed properly, there should be silicon sealant protecting the all of the seams around the frame. However sometimes installers miss a spot. Also, over time the sealant can fail. This will allow water to leak under or around the frame and get outside the tub or shower stall. It also can allow mold and mildew to grow behind the seams. Be sure to check the door or slider as well and make sure it completely closes
Be sure to check the door or slider as well and make sure it completely closes. An improperly fitting door will leave room for water to splash out or drip down the outside of the enclosure.
Just remember that leaks are your enemy. Taking a few seconds to inspect your shower or bathtub every few months can prevent very expensive repairs and protect your family's health.