The Chore Schedule: Preventing Mold with Regular Cleaning
Mold spores need moisture and food to flourish—but it can survive, dormant, without moisture, for a long time. In the meantime, dirt and grime can build up large reservoirs of food to feed the mold. Regular cleaning removes dust, dirt, grease, grime, and other potential feeding sources for mold.
Of course, you don’t need to deep clean your house every day. Use this basic guide to determine how often you should perform household chores.
Some molds can start growing on moist surfaces in as little as 48 hours. It’s important to clean wet surfaces often so mold spores won’t have any food. Performing these daily chores helps prevent small messes from becoming larger, stubborn problems.
- Wash all dishes
- Wipe down sinks, counter tops, and stoves
- Clear any clutter
- Collect dirty clothes left on bedroom or bathroom floors
- Hang up bath towels after use
- Wipe up any spills
- Hang up and/or wash wet clothing
- Sweep the kitchen floor
- Take out any full or nearly full trash cans
Twice a Week
The difference between whether a chore should be done weekly or twice a week is often determined by the size of your living space and the number of occupants. Most of these chores can be done weekly if you live alone. If any surface starts to be visibly dirty adjust your cleaning schedule accordingly.
- Vacuum high-traffic areas
- Do the laundry
- Sweep any hard-floor entryways
Over the course of a week, even with regular daily chores, dirt, dust, and grime build up throughout your home. Luckily, if done every week, these simple chores can help cut down on potential food sources for mold.
- Vacuum low-traffic areas and rugs
- Scrub toilets (spot-clean as necessary)
- Clean the shower/tub
- Dust surfaces throughout the house
- Throw out expired food in refrigerator/freezer
- Clean sinks and mirrors
- Sweep and mop bathrooms and all hard-floor surfaces
- Wipe down the oven door
- Wash bed sheets and towels
As mentioned previously, different households will require different cleaning schedules. Homes with kids, pets, or several occupants will likely need some chores done more regularly than homes with just one or two people.
- Wash the windows
- Wipe the baseboards and doors
- Wash mattress covers
- Wipe down the inside of your refrigerator
- Clean your dishwasher
Even if you stay on top of your daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning, dirt and grime will still build up in some spaces. Help avoid mold growth by tackling some of these less common chores.
- Scrub the oven (do so every 3-6 months)
- Remove all food from your refrigerator and freezer (keep the food in coolers), and thoroughly scrub the inside of the appliances
- Vacuum and flip your mattress
- Wash your blankets/duvets and pillows
- Replace or clean filters
- Wash rugs per the instructions on their tags
- Vacuum window screens
- Move and clean under furniture
Changing seasons often means changing clothes. If you store clothes seasonally, make sure all items of clothing are laundered, dry, and neatly put away. Damp, dirty clothing is an ideal growing place for mold.
Even with regular care your home will likely suffer some signs of wear and tear that can’t be solved with a daily quick sweep or wipe down. These annual chores will help your home and belongings last longer and can help take out some of mold’s most stubborn food sources.
- Shampoo your carpets/Get them professionally cleaned
- Clean furniture/upholstery
- Soak your shower heads
- Clear and dust your bookshelves and books
Regular cleaning and home maintenance can help deny mold the food it needs. However, mold is tenacious in its efforts to find somewhere to grow. If you find mold in your home, or suspect it is growing in areas you can’t see, call SERVPRO® of North Everett/ Lake Stevens/ Monroe.
We will assess your home and start our mold remediation process. You can trust our training and experience to make your house “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime, we offer 24/7 emergency service at 360-243-8313.