When the air is warm and fresh, open up the house!

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

Sea­sonal clean­ing is not only a time for dust­ing and re­or­ga­niz­ing your clos­ets, it is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to open up the house and let sun­shine and fresh breezes en­ter your home.

Dur­ing the cold win­ter months, when win­dows tend to re­main shut, mold can build up in your home, thriv­ing on the warm in­door tem­per­a­ture. Bath­rooms are par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to mold growth be­cause they tend to be more hu­mid than other rooms of the house.

Ac­cord­ing to Toronto physi­cian Su­san Brunt, "even the most com­mon house­hold mold can bring great dis­com­fort to asth­mat­ics and all those al­ler­gic to spores."

Dr. Brunt has the fol­low­ing tips to help keep your home as mold-free as pos­si­ble.

• As much as pos­si­ble, ven­ti­late rooms where hu­mid­ity tends to be high by open­ing win­dows and/or pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate ven­ti­la­tion

• Wipe mold away as it ap­pears, and use a dis­in­fec­tant spray to help de­lay their com­ing back

• Use a towel or a shower squeegee to re­move ex­cess wa­ter from ar­eas where it ac­cu­mu­lates.

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