Tips for preventing mold in your in-house storage space
It is a known fact that mold is a type of fungi. In the great outdoors, it is highly appreciated as it helps with the decomposition of organic matter in nature. However, when it is found in our homes, most of us just cringe. So, why is mold such a big problem? Well, firstly, it can grow anywhere, both in visible and invisible parts of our homes. Secondly, it is hard and expensive to get rid of. Thirdly, it is one of those home odors that just hurt the nose. Finally, and most importantly, mold produces toxins, allergens, and irritants that may affect our health.
But, do not worry, there is a way to ensure this nuisance stays away from your house. We will share with you some tips and tricks for preventing mold in your in-house storage spaces as well as the rest of your home. If interested, keep on reading.
Ventilation and Air Circulation!
The number one reason why mold appears in our in-home storage spaces is the humidity. If you just keep cramming boxes and all those items you do not use regularly inside your storage, without cleaning and ventilating it, who knows what kind of fungi can be hiding there. we do not blame you, keeping that space organized is hard and providing air circulation seems like a mission impossible.
However, there are ways to prevent humidity, and thus mold, from finding its way to your home. For example, start by installing ceiling fans - they are great for ventilation. Or, for an even simpler solution, get one of those standing or oscillating fans and turn it on every once in a while.
Moreover, do not forget to open the windows and provide air circulation, whenever the weather is nice outside. If your in-house storage space does not have windows, at least keep the doors open whenever you can. Or, if you want to go all out, you can consider investing in a built-in ventilation system. This will not only prevent mold but also improve the value of your home and enable you to sell it quickly if the need for that occurs.
Make sure your in-home storage spaces have proper ventilation and air circulation.
: An open window.
Monitor the Humidity Levels
The indoor humidity should be somewhere between 30 and 60 percent. Many people think that measuring this is a science and that the needed equipment for that is crazy-expensive. It is not! You just need a moisture meter. That can be found in any hardware store or even in stationery shops and supermarkets. The best part is - it costs just a few bucks. Simply place it in your in-home storage space, and make sure that the humidity does not fall below 30 or rise above 60 percent.
You can also monitor the humidity levels by paying special attention to all the telltale signs. One of those signs is condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice it, dry the areas immediately and find the source of the problem. Always address the problem before you start to think about whether you should renovate or move out. Chances are that the problem can be easily fixed.
Choose Your Boxes and Containers Wisely
When people start storing items in their in-home storage spaces, they do not even think about investing in good quality containers and boxes. They either stack the items on top of each other or use some old boxes they found lying behind the supermarket. Of course, this will get you points for being eco-friendly, we agree. But, by doing this, you are inviting mold in, and you do not get any points for that.
There is a reason why professional boxes and containers are used for both moving and storing items. Use them if you want a clean, organized, and mold-free storage space. What is more, these boxes and containers are not only recyclable but they can help you get your whole place in order in no time when the time comes for spring cleaning. Always think smarter, not harder!
Invest in good-quality boxes and containers and you will not have to worry about mold.
: A pile of boxes.
Make Sure All the Items are Clean and Dry Before Storing
As mentioned above, to prevent mold, do not stack all your items on top of each other. Instead, place them in some good quality containers. there is a catch. Even the best types of containers will not save you from mold if the items placed inside are dirty and wet. If you do that, chaos is bound to happen - you will damage not only your items but will risk having mold all over your in-home storage space.
So, before you go to the store to buy containers for storing your items, make sure you thoroughly wash and dry everything. There should be no specs of dirt nor drops of water anywhere. Thus, choose a day when it is warm outside, wash and clean everything and then let it dry for a day or two.
Your cleanliness standards must be set high if preventing mold in your in-home storage spaces is a priority.
: A woman cleaning.
When speaking of the right ways to pack your items, we cannot go on without mentioning desiccants. These small silica gel packets, that can fit anywhere, are great for preventing mold. They work by collecting all the moisture from the shelf, the container, or the box they are placed in.
You can find these, again, almost anywhere. Check your local hardware stores and stationery shops first. And, consider getting a lot of them - one for each box. Do not worry, they are not expensive and they do not take up a lot of space. The only thing you have to pay attention to is their expiration date.