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The kitchen is the ideal location for mold to grow; it provides mold spores daily access to a steady supply of moisture and decaying organic material to feed on. A pantry fulfills all these requirements perfectly PLUS poor ventilation and poor light.
We at Daystar Cleaning want to inform you that even if your Panama City home does not suffer from moisture issues, the simple daily tasks performed in the kitchen could be inviting and maintain mold growth. If you see or smell mold in the kitchen first of all, look for obvious water damage. Next, check around the pantry for mold colonies.
Spoiled fruit and vegetables are a breeding ground for mold. Be diligent about tossing out food weekly. Check the quality of the fresh food regularly: potatoes, onions, dried beans. Ensure that there are no moldy food leftovers. Some common practices that spread mold are:
Remember–moisture plus a food source equal mold. So if you store your blender, breadmaker or toaster oven with crumbs and moisture, you can grow mold in your pantry. Whenever they are sealed, covered or closed when not in use, air flow is restricted and traps the mold spores inside.
Instead, disassemble completely after each use. A sealed, wet interior can lead to condensation and provide an environment for bacterial growth. Wipe the chassis with a cloth– don’t submerge the electronics in water. Blenders, coffee pots and food processors must be easily wiped, washed, and dried. Position the lid for the crockpot so that air flows during storage.
Be diligent about regular cleaning. Watch out if:
When you discover mold in your pantry, kitchen, or anywhere in your home, look for a team with the most advanced, specialized equipment to detect hidden moisture sources. Daystar Cleaning, Inc. is a certified firm of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Florida State Certified Mold Mitigator. For 24/7 emergency service in Panama City and Bay County, please contact us.