Battling damp and mould can seem like an uphill struggle, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms where condensation builds up from everyday cooking, washing and showering. And condensation can be more destructive than you think, lingering on walls and furniture and resulting in mould which can rot surfaces and affect your health.
Follow our top tips on how to get rid of mould and damp, as well as how to stop condensation to prevent mould building up in the first place. That way, you can keep your home dry and fresh all year round.
The simple, no-fuss way to absorb excess moisture in your home, a moisture trap is a compact unit filled with absorbent crystals. Keep one in your bathroom or kitchen to help prevent damp and condensation.
The UniBond Aero 360° Moisture Absorber will tackle the root cause of the problem by drawing water from the air and converting it into a solution. Compact in size, it’s ideal for windowsills or tucking out of view in the corner of the room.
For small or confined spaces, use the UniBond Mini Moisture Absorber. It’ll strip all the excess moisture from your airing cupboards or shoe racks, leaving behind a fresh citrus scent.
Whether you’re boiling potatoes or simmering soup, open pans and kettles can produce lots of steam when you’re cooking, and it all builds up as condensation. A great, simple way to control it is by using lids on your saucepans – it speeds up the boiling, too.
Leaving damp clothes hanging around indoors can produce excess moisture, so it’s best to dry clothes on outdoor airers whenever possible. If you’re short on space, a wall-mounted airer is a tidy solution that can be folded away after use. The Brabantia WallFix Wall-Mounted Airer is a great choice.
If you’re wondering how to stop condensation on windows, an electric dehumidifier is well worth the investment. They remove excess moisture from the air, which allows you to choose the ideal moisture level for your room. With compact, portable designs, they’re discreet enough to keep in your home and will automatically collect moisture in a built-in tank. The De’Longhi DEX12 Dehumidifier removes up to 12 litres of excess moisture a day.
Draughts through windows, doors and walls not only make your home feel colder and increase your energy bills, they also result in condensation due to the difference in temperature on either side of the windows. A simple solution is to use draught excluders around door and window frames. They’re easy to fit and offer a quick solution for keeping the heat in.
If you’ve got condensation building up on your windows and shower doors and are fed up of sponging it off with a towel, try the Karcher WV2 Window Vacuum Cleaner. It sucks up water in seconds so you can just pour it down the sink afterwards, and leaves no streaks behind.
Bathrooms and kitchens are often the first place mould starts growing so if you’re decorating, stop it before it starts with the UniBond Wall Tile Adhesive and Grout with Anti-Mould and UniBond Anti-Mould Triple Protect Sealant.
Want to know how to get rid of mould that’s already appeared on your walls? Mould remover sprays or gels are essential. They can eliminate even the toughest mould on your tiles, plaster and more.
To relieve or prevent respiratory problems, air purifiers are well worth investing in. The PureMate PM 510 dehumidifier removes everything from mould spores to pollen, pet allergens and odours from the air for a cleaner, healthier home.
If your grout’s past repair and needs a new lease of life, use the UniBond Grout Reviver with Anti-Mould.
Finally, if you’ve got mould on your shower curtain, tackle it with some Dri-Pak White Vinegar Cleaner and if the mould leaves a stain, soak it in water with some bleach and give it a quick scrub.