It looks like Moldy march has arrived 2 months early in Hanoi, so it’s time to post some tips that will keep your home or apartment dry and mold-free:
- Ventilate the 2 wettest rooms of the house -your bathroom & kitchen.
- Wipe down the shower recess with a clean towel or squeegee as soon as everyone has had a shower. Make sure you remove wet towels from the bathroom immediately after use.
- Keep windows open when it’s dry outside and close windows when it rains or it’s foggy. Ceiling or pedestal fans can help keep air moving – mold forms when the air is still.
- Direct sunlight kills mold – take moldy items outside when the sun is shining and let them ‘sunbake’.
- Keep the doors of your cupboards and drawers open. If possible, store everything on open shelves for the entire month.
- Turn on the dehumidifier. Check your aircon – does it have a dehumidifying function? The symbol for this is usually a water droplet.
- When you water your indoor plants, mix some Taheebo tea with the water. This tea kills mold and will prevent the soil in your pot plants from becoming mold factories!
- Don’t put furniture up against outside walls. The inside walls (between rooms) are always warmer and less prone to condensation. Leave a gap between the wall and each piece of furniture so that air can circulate freely.
- Stuff your shoes, boots and handbags with magazines or foam to keep them mold-free. Store them in a well-ventilated part of the house.
- Vacuum more often when the weather is humid, because mold spores attach themselves to dust particles.
- Don’t dry your clothes inside – put them in the clothes dryer.
- Clean the filter inside your air conditioner – this will stop mold from growing inside the unit.
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