How To Protect Bathroom Cabinets – Addressing The Issue Of Mold

by Claire on January 20, 2016

A clean and safe bathroom starts with choosing the right materials. Improperly constructed bathrooms that actually increase the prevalence of mold happen all the time. You can make sure that you don’t make the same mistake when choosing the materials to use for your own bathroom.

There are basically two main components to keeping mold and mildew at bay in a bathroom.

1. Keeping moisture levels in the bathroom to a minimum

2. Making sure any remaining moisture doesn’t affect the cabinets

The first issue is pretty easy to get control of. Making sure you install an exhaust fan that can eliminate the majority of the moisture would be step one. This will ensure that steam is removed by the fan before it can collect and turn into condensate. Second, all edges and seams should be sealed with quality bath caulk. This will prevent water from collecting in areas where you can’t reach.

The second component takes a bit more effort and planning to keep the remaining moisture from causing damage to the cabinets. There are many aspects to consider and steps you can take.

Using moisture resistant wallboard in the construction of your bathroom is one important step. You can use this wallboard in any bathroom area that will be impacted by mold. This kind of wallboard is also known as “Green Board”. There are lots of water resistant options for wallboard, but as the quality of the material increases, so does the cost of purchasing.

Even paint has been designed with bathrooms in mind. Never try to use a flat paint that isn’t specifically designed for bathrooms. Bathroom paint should be scrubbable as well as anti-microbial. Sealant primer should also be used in any area of the bathroom you intend to paint.

When choosing cabinets, you have to have water resistance in mind. Choosing a well sanded and sealed cabinet structure will ensure that mold doesn’t overgrow. Don’t try and use untreated pressboard for bathrooms. It never ends up well. All the cabinet seems should be sealed and able to be cleaned and scrubbed easily. Once installation is complete, the cabinet edges should be sealed to the wall to prevent moisture from entering. Bathroom and kitchen caulk works great for this.

Lastly, all bathroom surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis. This prevents any bacteria from taking hold and overgrowing.

A bathroom cabinetmaker or installer should be used if you don’t know what you’re doing with the installation of your cabinets. It’s vital that you use the right materials and properly install them to eliminate future water damage. Using one of these professionals, you’ll find that your bathroom will be easy to clean and free of water damage/bacteria.

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