Tips&TricksBeating the damp: How to prevent window condensation and mold with tips from a TikTok 'Cleaning Queen'

Beating the damp: How to prevent window condensation and mold with tips from a TikTok 'Cleaning Queen'

Water condensing on the windows.
Water condensing on the windows.
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1:53 PM EST, January 11, 2024

Does water often condensation on your windows? This is perfectly normal during the fall-winter season, plus it happens in many homes. During this season, many people avoid ventilating their apartments, which causes the humidity level to increase. Excess water collects on the panes, the coldest area in any home.

Condensation is commonly observed in the kitchen, bathroom, and even in the car. Persistent water droplets on the panes indicate a single thing—it signifies a room that is too humid. Excessive water can leave remnants on furniture or walls, leading to mold formation. Fortunately, this can be avoided. Below, we explain how.

Not ventilating your apartment? You're incurring a big mistake

Poor air circulation results in elevated humidity levels. Reflect on when you last ventilated your apartment. You're making a considerable error if you haven't done this daily. No matter the weather—it's raining or freezing outside, every room should be ventilated for at least 15 minutes daily. Regular ventilation reduces humidity and aids in removing harmful bacteria from the air. Remember to crack open your windows every day, regardless of outdoor conditions.

How to eliminate foggy windows? Discover this trick from TikTok

TikTok is a source of countless cleaning tips. Many "cleantokers" provide product instructions using only natural and widely available constituents. A TikToker, known by the moniker "Cleaning Queen," demonstrated a method to eliminate window moisture. The woman applies a small quantity of dishwashing liquid (2-3 drops) and buffs it until no streaks remain on the surface. The dishwashing soap creates an invisible shield that obstructs water from settling on the surface.

An equally effective substitute for dishwashing soap is shaving foam. When applied to the surface, it blocks water and steam from settling. All you have to do is smear it with a microfiber cloth into the window or mirror surface. The foam will create an invisible hydrophobic layer on the surface. Conduct this process weekly, and you'll forget about foggy windows.

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