Home » Blog » How To Prevent Mold In Your Bedroom Closet

How To Prevent Mold In Your Bedroom Closet

Organized closet

Mold in your closet won’t only ruin your clothes and shoes. It can also cause respiratory problems if you’re allergic to mold spores. Thankfully, there are ways to protect your valuable belongings from mold, so you don’t have to choose between deep cleaning your closet or calling in a mold removal company. Be sure to use these tips as a guideline to making certain your closet is mold-free.

Clean and Dry Clothes Before Storage

Mold thrives in humid environments. A wet pair of shoes, a damp towel, or a handbag that got wet in a light shower can provide a perfect environment for mold spores to multiply. Dirt and food stains also promote mold growth. That’s why it’s important to check the clothing, bags, and shoes you’ve worn out before putting them away. Small stains can be spot-washed, while clothes needing a more thorough cleaning can be thrown in the laundry basket. Once clean, make sure items are fully dry before storing them. A little moisture or dampness can easily turn into mildew or mold.

Check Your Home for Leaks

It doesn’t take much moisture to start mold growth. A leaky pipe or a few drops of water dripping from the ceiling can cause mold to grow in your closet. Alternatively, the growth may start outside your closet and then spread to shelves and racks. Signs your roof may have a leak include soft plaster, misshapen walls, and dark or discolored spots on the ceiling and/or walls. A high water bill can also be a sign of a water leak in the home. Keep alert for a continual dripping sound, discolored walls, and small puddles of water under sinks or appliances such as a washing machine.

Make Sure Your Closet is Properly Ventilated

If you keep items in your closet too close together, mold can spread from one item to another. Humid air in your closet can cause a serious mold problem even if everything in your closet is clean. One good way to keep your closet ventilated is to get rid of things you don’t need or use. Clothes and shoes that don’t fit, aren’t your style, or that haven’t been worn in the last year can be given to a friend or a local charity. Alternatively, if you need more storage space, having a closet customized to suit your needs can save you a lot of time and hassle while adding value to your home. 

Mold can wreak havoc in any closet. While the damage isn’t always permanent, it’s best to prevent mold growth rather than have to deal with the aftermath. Keeping your belongings dry, ensuring your closet is ventilated, and checking your home regularly for leaks will enable you to catch mold or prevent it all together. Closet & Storage Concepts Connecticut specializes in custom closets for all types of bedrooms and can help you design and build a closet that will meet your current and future needs.