Dampness: 6 tips of getting rid of moisture from your home

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Dampness: 6 tips of getting rid of moisture from your home
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When you start seeing peeling paint, wallpaper peeled off, tired looking metal objects or even windows covered with condensation you know that moisture in your home is giving you a hard time. And when mold starts to appear it’s the drop of water that breaks the camel’s back. However, if you can see the damage, it can also go much deeper. In fact, your electronic devices age faster and you consume more energy. Moreover, a damp house can cause health problems in the long run. On the one hand, it encourages mites and bacteria to develop while on the other, it dries your mucous membranes, eyes, throat, etc., and makes you more susceptible to infections. Here are some simple tips to combat dampness and get rid of moisture from your home.

1) Count on natural tips that absorb moisture

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You might typically think of sea salt or charcoal to place in corners of your room.  Otherwise you can also use arabic gum which also has the power to absorb water in addition to perfume a room. What is more, all of these solutions can also be used in cupboards or drawers. Lastly filling your rooms with tropical plants is the simplest and most fun tip. They love humidity and play a role in natural dehumidifying a room. For example, you can try ficus, fuchsia, indoor ferns or orchids. Not only will it benefit you problems with dampness, it will brighten up your home!

2) Let air circulate around your room

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In general, it is best to leave a few inches of space between walls and furniture. It allows air to circulate more freely around the room. This tip is even more important when a wall is in direct contact with the outside and is very cold. As well as creating a thermal barrier, more moisture will condense and small mold marks can appear.  You should also avoid paint coatings that are too impervious as walls can’t breathe. This applies to textiles as well as paneling or vinyl wallpaper. Finally, airing your rooms every day is THE crucial way to combat humidity. After all, you don’t want humidity to stay inside and it has to get out somehow, doesn’t it? What’s more, all you need is 10 minutes, so there is no excuse! Don’t forget to fold down the duvet and pillows to ventilate your bed as well.

3) Good management of your heating

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First of all you shouldn’t have big difference in temperatures between your rooms.  Therefore you should never have differing temperatures of more than 4°C during the same day.  Temperatures that are too cold or too hot will not help either as it will definitely create condensation.  Keeping an average temperature of 19°C is the most ideal solution as your rooms are a comfortable temperature and you don’t consume too much energy.  You should also never put washing up to dry on any radiators.  In the kitchen temperatures can increase quickly and moisture can easily appear.  Cover up casserole dishes and aerate a room as soon as it become too steamy. Lastly you should always use your extractor fan when you are cooking!

4) Dealing with moisture in the bathroom

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Installing and maintaining an extractor fan is crucial, especially if this room has no window! Another important point is to look out for water sources. Throughout the house we try and avoid stagnant water in cups, house plants, airing dishes.  The same is said in the bathroom as leaks are often a source of humidity! So, take a look at the toilet drip and faucets, then check the joints of all your pipes. Finally, you can use a towel radiator if you are lucky to have one, but if a towel does not dry completely as it was soaked with water, put it straight in the wash rather than letting it dry.

5) Drying your clothes

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If you can, let your laundry dry outdoors! Laundry moisture evaporates as it dries and has no choice but to build up inside our house if it is dried there. Except in the case of rain, frost or snow, there is nothing stopping you drying your clothes outside. However, if you can not do anything other than drying indoors, ventilate the room well.  Keep your room closed and the window open for at least five minutes so that the air can absorb the moisture like a sponge. You should always leave some space between the clothes so that the air can circulate and don’t do too many hand washes as it is not as easy to wring out excess water. What’s more do not overfill your machine.  If you do lighter loads your clothes will come out better wrung out. Finally, if the temperatures are below zero, you can put your clothes outside to freeze! They will dry very quickly thanks to the phenomenon of sublimation.

6) How can you effectively clean mold and moisture marks?

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Once molds gets established you have to clean it up. Airing and trying the techniques mentioned above will help a little. But if materials and other walls are now covered too, it will require some cleaning effort. So, to remove mold from material, we suggest using a teaspoon of salt diluted in 500 ml of lemon juice which you can then rub on to the fabric. This solution can also be rubbed on bathroom or kitchen tiles. After a few minutes, wipe with a dry cloth. For mold on objects and walls, one dose of vinegar can be mixed with two of water which you can then leave to react for 10 minutes before rinsing. Alternatively, you can also brush the affected areas with 700 ml of water mixed with two tablespoons of bicarbonate and two more of salt. However, the easiest and most effective solution is just water and tea tree essential oil.

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