Mold has the ability to grow freely in damp areas where dust, dirt, and organic material thrive. Research claims that 15% of dwellings have visible signs of dampness and 5% of mold problems, according to the World Health Organization. As most homes usually have curtains to help regulate sunlight, block out noise, and even control room temperature, we often forget to maintain and clean them regularly, especially during the colder months.
Curtains are a great way to complete the overall décor of a room. They can add a sense of warmth and personality without having to spend a fortune. For many cities in the United States, the fall months can be cold and damp, making it the perfect greeting for winter. However, as more activities at home can lead to humidity, this can also lead to the growth of mold. As a result, the dangers of moldy curtains may affect more than your home but also the health of your family.
Collecting allergens and dust
When it comes to cleaning, many households tend to overlook curtains as part of their weekly routine. However, certain fabrics such as velvet may attract plenty of dust and allergens – leading to coughing, sneezing, and runny noses. Sixty-seven percent of women reported to taking medication to help control symptoms caused by dust mites and allergens trapped in the home, according to research by Healthy Women. As such, removing the allergens hidden in your curtains may help relieve rashes and the itchy symptoms without the use of medication. In addition, those with a mold allergy may also increase the risk of asthma and having their symptoms triggered by a moldy home environment.
Protect your loved ones
Despite the mixed claims of current research, the EPA and CDC recommend that any signs of mold growth should be handled immediately. Controlling moisture in the home is vital to preventing the spread of mold indoors. So, how you can prevent moisture in your curtains?
- Never hang wet clothes inside, even near the window.
- Keep your roof and gutter in good condition
- Avoid bringing wet shoes into your home
- Keep windows closed to prevent wet curtains
- Replace thin window coverings with lined curtains
Be sure to act quickly in the event of a spillage or leak and keep the home dry, especially within 48 hours of humid exposure.
Even if discovered mold has not caused health problems in your household, there is no promise that the effects may occur later on. Thus, there is nothing like a clean, dry room with a great shade of curtains to keep your home safe and comfortable – all year long. After all, a home free of mold means having a mind free from worry.