Any dark damp area is prone to mold and mildew growth. Preventing it is much easier than dealing with mold and mildew removal. Mold and mildew can grow on closet walls and your clothing. Mildew stains on clothes are very difficult to remove and can lead to permanent staining. Linen closets in bathrooms in bathrooms provide a great breeding ground for mold growth as do clothes closets in hot and humid climates. Take precautions in order to minimize the chance of toxic mold growth and the mold removal cost. Toxic mold and black mold removal specialists are very expensive.
Make sure your clothing, linens and shoes are completely dry before placing them in the closet. Items such as thick towels, comforters, heavy jackets, shoes and boots can take a while to dry after getting wet. Putting away wet garments and shoes is the perfect place for mold and mildew growth to begin.
If your closet is in a room that is prone to dampness buy a dehumidifier for either the inside of the closet or place it close to the closet. Leave the closet door open for ventilation and allow the dehumidifier to remove any excess moisture from the air. In bathrooms, leave the door to the linen closet open whenever possible to allow light in and air to circulate.
Use other products that absorb moisture from the air such as small silica gel sachets. Be sure to keep silica gel out of the reach of children and pets. You can also keep an open box of baking soda, chalk, charcoal briquettes or cat litter to absorb the extra moisture in the air which can lead to mold and mildew growth. Be sure to replace whichever product you decide to use approximately every 3 months or sooner if you live in a particularly humid environment.
Install a light in the closet. A light can provide enough heat to dry the air enough to inhibit any mold and mildew growth. Do not use compact fluorescent bulbs in the light because they do not generate heat and will not help to prevent a mold problem.
Mold and mildew prevention is always easier and less costly than mold remediation.