We all know the clean-up challenges and health hazards that mold growth can cause. What we don’t always consider is that mold growth can begin right in the laundry room. Fortunately, you can prevent laundry room mold in your Branson, MO home or apartment building by using the appliances properly and with help from the mold removal experts at ServiceMaster DSI.
Take a look inside your washing machine as you begin your next load of laundry. What you’ll find is a warm, dark environment that’s often left damp when the wash cycle is complete. That’s exactly the environment that mold thrives in. If you notice a musty odor coming from the washing machine, there’s a good chance that mold is the culprit and you’ll need to seek mold removal assistance.
Whether you use a front-loading or top-loading washing machine, follow these usage and maintenance tips to prevent mold growth in the laundry room:
- Use exactly the recommended amount of laundry detergent by following the instructions on the bottle. Extra detergent creates excessive suds and leaves behind a filmy residue that mold can feed on. You could also save some money by washing more loads with just one bottle of detergent. Make sure you know if your machine requires regular or high-efficiency detergent before you head to the store.
- Remove your clothes as soon as the wash cycle ends. Mold will start growing if your damp clothes stay inside the washing machine for several hours or days. Some washing machines have a built-in signal that chimes when the cycle ends. If your machine doesn’t have this feature, set a reminder alarm to check on your laundry around the time that the cycle ends.
- Keep the door open in between loads. This allows the inside of the washing machine to air out. Lock the laundry room door if you’re worried that little kids or pets will try to climb inside.
- Run a tub-cleaning cycle with no clothes in the washing machine once a month. Simply add one cup of chlorine bleach to a hot water wash. Your machine may have a built-in tub cleaning cycle you can select. This process will remove detergent residue and prevent musty odors and mildew. When the tub-cleaning cycle is complete, wipe out the tub with a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining cleaning residue. Follow up with a clean, dry cloth to wipe the tub dry.
Remember, it only takes 48 hours for mold to begin growing. By keeping your washing machine well-maintained, you should never have to worry about mold in your home, apartment, residence hall, or local laundromat. In the event that mold develops elsewhere in your Branson, MO building, call ServiceMaster DSI for immediate mold removal assistance and peace of mind.