Dorm rooms can be cramped and, in the winter, stupidly cold – especially if all you have in the way of heating are electric heaters. For this reason, it is not uncommon to find dorm rooms infected with damp due to poor ventilation, resulting in mould appearing on walls, window sills and other areas.
Open Your Dorm Windows
More than half of the time, condensation comes as a result of poor ventilation in the property. Bathrooms and kitchens, rooms that see heavy usage of water, are most susceptible to damp because of the excess moisture in the air.
If windows are not cracked open whilst there is running water, moisture becomes trapped – especially in newly built buildings that have solid walls that moisture cannot easily pass through unlike older buildings. Before jumping in the shower or washing the dishes, make it a habit to crack the window open, even just a little bit, to allow moisture to escape.
When windows are shut all day, every day, homes become stuffy and humid and are the perfect breeding ground for damp.
Dorm Room Dehumidifier
Understandably, if you are out all day you are not going to want to have all of the windows open. You may as well put up a sign that says ‘please burgle me, the coast is clear’ or words to that effect.
Dehumidifiers are an excellent means of controlling damp in the property. Available to suit all budgets, small boxes with crystalized balls can be placed in the corner of each room or sat on the window sill to soak up moisture. This king is disposable and will require changing every two to three weeks once the box is full of water.
More heavy duty electric dehumidifiers can also be bought. These are much more expensive in price; however, tanks can be emptied and placed back in the dehumidifier to be used again and again. These are far more powerful than their disposable brothers and will absorb a lot more moisture when in use.
Don’t Leave Wet Clothes Hanging Around
Another major cause of damp are wet clothes left hanging in the property. If your room has a dryer or, ideally, you have the possibility of hanging clothes outside to dry, then definitely do so.
When wet clothes are left inside, moisture has nowhere to go. This is why clothes take far longer to dry when left on a clotheshorse inside than they do outside. Wet clothes inside will also result in a humid atmosphere which, as we have already covered, will eventually result in mould appearing on walls which is not healthy for anyone.
How to Clean Condensation
There is no secret formula to cleaning mould off the walls and window sills. All that you need is a warm wet clothes or sponge to wipe away the mould, but be careful that you don’t ruin any paint on walls.
In more serious cases of mould, all-purpose cleaner spray gives the extra strength to remove stubborn stains and return your surface to looking pristine. The last thing you would want is for your landlord to think that you are not looking after the property!