Humidity and moisture buildup: surely symptoms of a Kiwi summer, right? Sorry to ruin your day, folks, but it turns out that winter time in New Zealand is actually the worst season for humidity-related issues in our homes – and especially our bathrooms. Today we’re going to deliver some home truths about winter’s watery war on your bathroom, and what you can do to avoid its damaging wiles.
'Tis the season to be moldy
Hello mold and mildew! Warm, wet surfaces are the perfect breeding ground for these unwanted fungal health hazards. Here are a few habits you’ll need to kick to keep it clean in your home this winter:
Less is more with the laundry
Ever notice that hot, humid wave of air that hangs about after you run a load through the clothes drier? How about the thick layer of condensation soaking your windows (and sometimes walls)? Without proper ventilation, all this ‘hot air’ mixed with water is going to more than a load of washing: it’ll do a load of damage!
To avoid: crack a window, open a door – or both! If it’s just too cold to do so, invest in a dehumidifier and park it close to your dryer while it’s running. If possible, try and leave your washroom door open during a cycle.
It’s a shower, not a sauna
Shivering in the shower is probably the least fun a human can have during the winter, right? Well, worse than a cold shower would be an unhealthy buildup of mould and mildew in your bathroom. Running a hot shower magically transforms your bathroom into a steamy sauna during the winter as the hot water meets the cold, dry air. If you forget to leave the fan on, you’ll be soaking your bathroom in hot, mold-inspiring steam every time you wash up.
To avoid: always use the fan during and after a shower. No buts! Leave the fan on for however long it takes to suck away all that steam. If you can handle it, try leaving your window open too as this is the fastest and most efficient way to eliminate steam buildup in your bathroom (while circulating clean, fresh air throughout).
Stay tuned for more winterproof tips later this month!