If you’re anything like me as a CF parent you have probably taken a critical eye to the areas in your home which might be growing potentially harmful respiratory microorganisms.
14 years ago when we first learned what pseudomonas aeruginosa was and where it was prone to grow I knew that the cleaning schedule around our home would have to be modified.
While out home is not always perfectly organized and picked up, we do have to maintain a level of clean underneath everything. Clean and dry would be more specific.
Sinks and sink edges stay dry as often as possible and shower stalls as well. Shower curtains cannot be left with soggy bottoms because I feel they are a terrific breeding ground. My worry with the shower is that bacteria starts to grow in a wet environment…Then you get back in and that bacteria; now sprayed with steamy warm water can be inhaled throughout the course of your next shower.
In a home with four kids someone seems to always be needing a bath or shower so keeping a dry shower becomes a difficult task. A number of years ago I first saw a “doorless shower” in the home of our friends Mark and Beth. I instantly fell in love with the idea and we tested this in our master bath with great success. Combined with good ventilation, the absence of any type of a door allows the shower to dry fully leaving no wet door frames and mildew growing curtains to dry & clean!
So our task at hand is to turn our smallish main bathroom into a much more CF friendly space. The photos today are how are bathroom looks at the beginning of the remodel. The big problems are number one- the bathtub, which has had some water damage behind the wall and does have some mold growing which makes this tub off-limits for Christa.
Number two- there is no fan ventilation in the room but there is a nice window that opens to a back private yard. The cabinetry is simple but original to the house in the 1950s and it showing quite a bit of age. The sink cabinet has already been painted once & the plastic drawers are broken & loose. Unfortunately the quality isn’t something we feel is worth restoring or re-purposing so we have decided to start from scratch there.
A new water saving toilet is also in the plan as well as some easy to clean and sanitize flooring.