Beware of Household Enemies: Mold and Mildew

Is there anything better than a pristine, sparkling bathroom and shower? From the clean, fresh smell to the glistening, mold-and-mildew-free shower tile, this kind of clean goes a long way. The awful truth about mold and mildew is that besides being smelly and ugly, they are also potentially bad for your health.

mold and mildewMold and mildew are both types of fungi; typically, mold is black or green, and mildew is gray or white. Mold tends to grows on food, and mildew is an issue on damp surfaces, like bathroom walls, basement walls, or fabrics. Mold grows in the form of multicellular filaments or hyphae, while mildew has flat growth. Mildew is often referred to as a kind of mold, or mold in its early stages.

While not always harmful, inhaling or touching mold or mildew can cause both minor and serious symptoms in some people. Breathing in too much mold or mildew can cause allergies and even contribute to the development of asthma. Symptoms include watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, nausea, fatigue, headaches and trouble breathing.

Don’t be dismayed if you find yourself with a mold and mildew problem in your bath/shower. The good news is there is an affordable, natural solution. Instead of grouted tile, you can have solid, seamless, grout-free walls in your shower made of beautiful, natural stone. You have patterns and colors from which to choose and accessories to add the finishing touch.

What better time than now, at the start of an exciting new year, to create a bath/shower update that will add beauty, freshness and value to your home? Let’s get started!

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