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Household chores can be a drag. After a long work week, the last thing most of us want to do is more work by cleaning on our days off. However, cleanliness and organization is part of mold prevention. While cleaning may seem as basic as a mop and a bucket full of soapy water, it can go a long way to preventing a serious mold problem in your home.

Keeping a consistent cleaning schedule will help eliminate excess time spent and minimize mold growth. A schedule allows you to take your time cleaning and avoid stress without wasting a whole day of cleaning your whole home. Check out the following 3 tips that not only help keep your house clean but aid in mold prevention.

1. Alter Your Cleaning Chores

High-use areas like kitchens and bathrooms need to be cleaned weekly or, in some cases even daily. Washing dishes and putting away the toothpaste are daily chores that just can’t be avoided but you can rotate lower use areas or surfaces on a monthly or annual schedule. Cleaning your home all at once can be overwhelming, especially when you include hard to reach or access areas like baseboards and high windows. Identify tasks that need to be completed daily like picking up clothes throwing away trash; weekly, like vacuuming carpets and doing laundry; and less frequently like wiping down baseboards and cleaning behind the dresser. Choose one room to focus on that month and get all the hard to reach areas or difficult to do tasks completed for that one area.

2. Cleaning Time is a Visual Inspection

While you are cleaning various areas of your home, pay attention to the details. Take into account any wear and tear or visibly damaged items and perform or schedule repairs as needed. If you notice leaks or excessive water build-up, follow the trail back to the source if you can. If you find any visible mold growth Don’t Panic, Indiana Mold Remediation is here to help. If there isn’t any visible mold, seal or fix wherever the water source is and provide the area with proper ventilation to dry. If your uncertain as to the source of water, we can probably help you to identify it.

3. Keep Organized and Limit Clutter

Mold needs a food source to grow and lots of items in our home meet that requirement. Keeping your home as clutter free and organized is essential to home mold prevention. Everything in your home should have a home of its own. Try to eliminate unneeded items through selling, donation or disposal. If you choose to keep books, old magazines, newspapers, and other paper products make sure they are in a dry area to prevent mold damage. Go through dry foods in the pantry and cabinets and get rid of anything with an expired date or that looks moldy or smells musty.

While these tips may seem basic, cleaning is not everyone’s strong suit. If you find mold check out our Do-It-Yourself mold cleaning guide. Indiana Mold Remediation has expert mold remediation specialists, who are ready to help. Contact us online or call us today for your free visual mold inspection.

Brian Lester is the President of Indiana Mold Remediation, and has been in the home services and restoration industry for over 25 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in mold remediation, water damage restoration, and carpet & upholstery cleaning. Brian is a father of six children, and is passionate about getting to know people and seeing things from new perspectives.