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How to Prevent Mold or Mildew on Painted Surfaces

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How to Prevent Mold or Mildew on Painted Surfaces

Mold and mildew can easily creep onto any surface and into any home – no structure is immune.

Painted surfaces within your home are no exception to the presence of mold spores. Even new homes, unless all building materials were treated for mold before the dwelling was built, are susceptible. With that, there are ways to prevent mold growth and mildew build up, protecting your home as well as your family from this nasty fungi in the process.

Start with paint

A solid, mold and mildew prevention strategy starts with your paint. Certain types of paint are more resistant to mildew and mold than others. Mildew grows more quickly on exterior alkyd flat paint than it does on a gloss or semi-gloss enamel, because glossier paints are less porous; therefore, mold spores have difficulty adhering to them. Products containing linseed oil also attract mildew growth. Darker shades of color also dry quicker than lighter ones after it rains because they absorb heat instead of reflecting it. This makes darker shades less susceptible to mildew, so the best way to go would be properly priming the surface before applying paint and use a high-quality, light colored, latex paint.

Lock out moisture

Mold and mildew thrive in wet, dark places with little air circulation; therefore, another step to prevent its build up is to create air circulation in places such as your kitchen and bathroom. Turn on a fan or open a window when showering or boiling water to dry out the room faster. Also, installing a fan in your laundry room wouldn’t hurt!

Do not settle for mold or mildew on the painted surfaces in your home. Follow these precautions to ensure the residents of your home remain safe from these harmful elements. Contact the local experts at Noel Painting for any residential painting services. Our company goal revolves around Changing Painting™.