(MS) -- Want to give your bathroom a new look without dishing out loads of cash? While you're deciding on your decor and selecting a paint color, why not think about preventing one of the most common bathroom problems -- mold and mildew growth.
Cleaning can remove mold and mildew, but the trick to controlling it is to prevent it before it starts. Follow these steps from the mold and mildew prevention experts at Zinsser:
* Keep airflow constant. The combination of hot showers in small spaces creates an ideal environment for the growth of mold and mildew. Consider installing an exhaust fan or ceiling fan to improve ventilation in your bathroom. They can increase airflow and significantly slow the growth of mold and mildew. What if installing a fan isn't in your budget? Leaving your bathroom window slightly open when you shower can also help airflow.
* Eliminate moisture. Stagnant water produces moisture in the air and creates an ideal environment for the growth of mold and mildew. Limit excessive moisture by using a dehumidifier and by wiping down shower walls after each use.
* Clean infected areas. Treat bathroom surfaces with a ready-to-use cleaner and deodorizer that kills mold.
* Apply two coats of mold and mildew-proof interior paint.
By using these steps -- and following a regular cleaning schedule -- you will enjoy a mold and mildew-free bathroom for years to come!