The right paint can prevent mold

The right paint can make all the difference in any room, but this is even more vital in the bathroom. If you are taking on the task of painting your bathroom or kitchen, there are several steps that will ensure a great paint job that will help moisture from building in our bathroom.

Bathroom and kitchen walls, where moisture can accumulate are best treated with a semi-gloss paint. Satin will also help to repel moisture buildup. Yes, gloss works as well, but is very reflective. The reason a gloss paint works better in the bathroom is because it is can be scrubbed. Water won’t penetrate the surface, which will keep mold and mildew from growing.
Paint gets gloss from the binder product in the mix. High gloss paint has more binders that a satin paint. The binder component binds the pigment, or color of the paint. The higher the binder ratio, the “tighter” the bond and the higher the sheen. This tighter bond allows the paint to stand up better to moisture penetration.

There are many paint manufactures today that have made adjustments to their paint formula and even created special bathroom paint that is designed to resist mold and mildew. Special bathroom formulas are also designed to resist peeling and blistering, scrubbable, tough, fade resistant, and non-yellowing. If you like to freshen up rooms every two to three years, then the long-term durability of this special paint, may not be a concern. But if painting is the equivalent of a night at the opera when you would rather be at the ball game, and you don’t plan on hiring Castino Restoration to complete the work, then longevity is your best friend.

Prevent mold and mildew in the bathroom by prepping the walls with primer. If mold has been a problem in the bathroom than proper preparation will stop mold buildup. Mold and mildew primer applied in areas where mold has grown can help in preventing the problem from reoccurring. Mold spores are airborne and cleaning doesn’t always remove the spores from every surface. Damp surfaces attract the airborne spores and act as a greenhouse, especially the paper in drywall. Protect your walls by applying a mold and mildew resistant primer before painting. When it comes to mold, it is better to have too much than too little or no barriers to growth.

While the proper wall application will prevent mold growth, keeping moisture at bay in your home is also a consideration. Current building codes require that bathrooms have a window or an exhaust fan to minimize moisture. If your baths do not have a window, have an exhaust fan installed. While the bath walls may be protected with the proper paint, steam can escape to other rooms. Protect your home and loved ones from this potentially deadly microorganism.

Castino Restoration and Homes Services is ready to protect and decorate each room with the proper products that will ensure your health and protect your biggest invest. Call today for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Eugenia Orr
Castino Restoration

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