· By Carl Pronti
6 Tips for Dealing With Bathroom Condensation
You know that foggy mirror situation after a hot shower? That's bathroom condensation, which happens when moisture meets air. It's pretty normal in wet spaces like bathrooms. Bathroom condensation in and of itself is not harmful. However, if you do not have proper ventilation in the bathroom, the moisture can result in damp and dampness is mould's breeding ground.
Bathroom mould, whether touched or inhaled, can lead to skin problems, allergic reactions, and other health complications. So, you must know what steps to take to deal with bathroom condensation.
- Ventilate - The key is to dry the bathroom after each shower – that means opening a window, leaving the door open, and turning on the extraction fan. Ideally, all three. Without doing so, the condensation has nowhere to escape and it will result in mildew and mould problems.
- Remove Damp Items - Wet bath mats and towels can contribute to the condensation issue, so you need to hang them properly to allow them to dry naturally. Ideally, you should do this outside of the bathroom, but if you have heated towel racks you don't need to worry about that as much. If you have children, you may want a laundry basket located outside the bathroom to collect their towels, otherwise, they will likely end up on the bathroom floor.
- Shower Spray - Use Astonish Daily Shower Shine to spray down the shower after the final use of the morning. It dissolves soap scum and tackles water droplets as well to help fight off limescale build-up and it will help prevent mould. You don't need to come back and rinse it either, just spray down the shower area and start your day. A Dish Daddy is a handy tool to tackle the tub without a sore back.
- Heat - A well-heated bathroom is less likely to have condensation issues because it forms when the water vapour hits cold surfaces. If your home is poorly insulated then you might struggle more with this, but you can use a hairdryer to de-mist the surfaces and eliminate condensation.
- The Power of Paint - Waterproofing is an important step when it comes to installing a bathroom, and Australia has strict regulations about who can do this and how it should be done. You can take additional steps to waterproof with the power of paint. You can fight condensation, mould, and mildew by opting for a specialist paint designed to do just that. They last up to five years after application and come in a variety of colours. It's a great barrier for wet rooms
- Dehumidify - We highlighted the importance of ventilation, but if your bathroom doesn't have a window, you have a harder task. You can use a dehumidifier to get the condensation problem under control. Dehumidifiers work by extracting water from the air, which helps prevent mould and mildew problems. Just turn it on after bathing and let it tackle the moisture in the air. Be sure to empty the tank regularly so it doesn't turn itself on when you need it most.
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