Condensation is a common concern for every bathroom. It’s an extremely humid environment where a lot of moisture is released in an indoor environment and into the air. Condensation happens when cold air meets the hot steam and forms tiny droplets on mirrors, windows or any tough surface. The hotter the vapour is, the more moisture the air will hold. Condensation can cause several problems including mould stains and peeling wallpapers. There are some steps that can be taken to reduce the effects the condensation in your bathroom.
This is the easiest step to take to reduce the harmful effects of condensation. Increasing the ventilation in the room keeps the airflow up, bringing down the moisture content. Leave a window open while taking a shower or running a bath. Also, remember to air the room once you’re done. Double glazed windows provide extra protection since the inside pane is much warmer than the outside one. By contrast, single glazed windows attract more condensation. Many think opening the bathroom door is helpful, but this is a bad idea as steam-filled air full will only spread to the other rooms. Lastly, make sure the shower curtain or door is left open after you’re done so the cubicle gets proper airing as well.
- Dry and clean surfaces
Make sure the surfaces in your bathroom are kept dry and clean when the bathroom isn’t being used. This rings true for washbasins, showers and baths. Also consider the tiles, mirrors and windows. It’s extremely important to prevent a moist environment since mould can thrive in it. If you notice any black spots appearing on your washbasin, shower, or bath area, use a solution of water and bleach to get rid of them.
Dehumidifiers collect the moisture from the air and turns it into water. They might not be pretty or cheap, but they provide a long-term solution to your condensation problems. Having the dehumidifier running while you take a shower or a hot bath can reduce the moisture in the room.
- Exhaust Fans
All bathrooms should have an exhaust fan installed. Install one that comes on automatically when the lights come on but also has a manual switch. Remember to check the fan for dirt and dust accumulation, so that the functionality isn’t compromised.
Condensation shouldn’t be ignored. While a little dampness is alright, it can quickly turn troublesome to cause damage to your interiors.