How to Prevent Closet Mold Growth

Mold prevention

Mold can grow almost anywhere in homes, including your closets. Many times moisture can collect in closets, providing a perfect breeding area for mold growth. Mold prevention in closets is a matter of keeping the closets dry. Below are some tips to help keep mold away from your closets.

Try and store clean clothing in closets because dirt and other substances are potential food sources for mold.

Don’t push clothes too tightly in closets, try and allow air to circulate between them to reduce the amount of moisture.

Make sure your clothes are thoroughly dry before putting them in the closet, as the moisture in clothing can accelerate mold growth.

Do not store clothes in sealed containers like plastic organizers. Keep clothes and accessories in breathable packaging.

Do not store clothes on the closet floor to prevent trapping moisture underneath them.

Choose wire shelves instead of solid shelves to improve air circulation.

Leave closets open. Replace solid closet doors with louvered doors for better air circulation.

Avoid opening closets if they are in rooms with high humidity.

Place a low-wattage light bulb in closets. Leave the light on for several hours. The heat from the bulb helps keep the closet and the clothing dry.

If you have a humidity problem in your home, use the air conditioning unit or a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air.

If clothes in a closet smell musty, take them out and fix the moisture problem.

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