Battling Moisture and Mold in a Mudroom
A Mudroom can take on any appearance depending on your choice of design. Mudrooms serve as foyer at the back of your home to keep the likes of boots, wet items, outdoor utensils or utility appliances. Sometimes, your home might be designed so that the mudroom is housed within your garage area and you will have to pass through the mudroom to get in or out of the garage.
Style of Mudroom
Some mudrooms are more susceptible to damp conditions than other rooms within the home and for these types of mudroom will be places where wet, damp or moist atmospheres are present. It is important that you have protection against mold and mildew. Mildew will grow and flourish in damp conditions and it should be remembered that some molds can be toxic.
If you are designing a new mudroom or building a new home that will have a mudroom at the back of the house, it is imperative that you design the mudroom to cope with moist and damp conditions. Proper ventilation will help greatly in the battle against mildew and mold. The better the ventilation, the better the chance you have to dry out the mudroom and prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Keeping your mudroom clean is vital. Regularly using a mold and mildew cleaning deterrent will minimize the growth and appearance of mildew and mold in your mudroom. Always mop up and dry any water that lands or drops on the mudroom floor and using a spray solution of vinegar and water is a useful tip in keeping spores at bay.
If the floors or walls of your mudroom are tiled, using a grout which has mold-resistant qualities will help to prevent mold from forming when they get damp. Tiles in bathrooms are highly susceptible to mold and mildew growth and if you have battled constantly with your bathroom tiles over this issue, you will no doubt be aware of how hard it is to remove once it has become embedded into the grout or sealant. Using latex sealant in your joins and caulking areas will help keep mildew away. Also, latex enhanced grout in your tiling is a good deterrent, too.
Heating and Ventilation
Correct heating and ventilation levels are important in the fight against mold and mildew in any atmosphere but particularly those with damp areas like mudrooms. If your mudroom is not properly heated, you run the risk of creating an unbalanced atmosphere and this will encourage damp, mold and mildew. Keep the room at a constant temperature which will prevent mold from growing.
Natural light is a known enemy of mildew and mold. Both prefer dark, dank conditions and letting plenty of natural light into a mudroom is favorable. If natural light is limited, you can always opt for daylight bulbs in your lighting. These emulate real daylight and they can protect your mudroom from becoming too dark and damp, thus protecting it from mold.