How to eliminate humidity in the bathroom?
Although a hot shower helps you start the day off right or relax your muscles after a hard day at work, the humidity it creates can cause problems in your bathroom. If your laundry appliances are also installed there, the humidity will also rise each time they are used.
Too much humidity leads to condensation, which in turn can cause harmful mold and fungus, peeling paint or peeling wallpaper. Because every bathroom is different, the tools you have to fight against humidity will vary. In this article, we will introduce you to various tips and tricks to effectively prevent and remove humidity from your bathroom.
1. The causes of humidity in the bathroom
Water vapor comes mainly from the use of hot water in showers and bathtubs, combined with poor ventilation, or lack thereof. Since the water is warmer than the surrounding air and surfaces such as ceramic tiles, condensation quickly forms on the walls, mirror, etc.
If the humidity is not evacuated regularly, it will impregnate the walls and its coverings as well as all the porous and absorbent surfaces, which will lead to the formation of mold and fungi. These can be harmful to health, but they will also make using the shower and the bathtub unpleasant.
Indeed, the smell caused by mold and fungus is nauseating and persistent and who likes to wash in a bathtub surrounded by black mold stains?
In addition to the tips mentioned above for removing humidity from the bathroom, there are tips and tricks to prevent it from forming. Here are some that will help you prevent problems caused by too high humidity in the bathroom:
- Do not leave your clothes or towels to dry in the bathroom. Remove all materials that can soak up moisture, including rugs, curtains, towels, bathrobes, etc.
- Opt for a wall covering that is resistant to humidity. The wallpaper looks great, but it will absorb moisture and eventually peel off. Instead, choose an acrylic paint specifically designed for the bathroom, containing a fungicide. Not only is it washable, but it will also last longer on walls and ceilings.
- After showering or bathing, get into the habit of removing water marks from tiles and all wet surfaces with a shower squeegee.
- Check the condition of the silicone joints around the bathtub and the shower tray. It is essential that these are completely waterproof to prevent water infiltration in the walls and floor of your bathroom. These infiltrations can be the cause of the proliferation of molds and fungi harmful to health. Since they don’t last forever, consider replacing the gaskets after a few years, when they begin to show signs of wear.
3. The electric dehumidifier for the bathroom
The electric dehumidifier extracts the humidity from the ambient air and transforms it into water and rejects it in a tank which must be emptied when it is full. Additionally, this device can help clean the air and help reduce symptoms of dust and pollen allergies.
Choose a model specifically designed for small spaces, to avoid cluttering your bathroom.
4. Ventilation to remove humidity from the bathroom
The best way to remove humidity from the bathroom when showering or bathing is to turn on the fan before you even start running the water. The bathroom fan will suck in the water vapor to release it outside.
It will be important to leave it on for a few minutes after you have finished taking your shower or bath and to turn it off only when the room is dry.
5. Ventilate well to remove humidity from the bathroom
If your bathroom is not equipped with a ventilation system, leave the door ajar and open the window. A good part of the water vapor should thus be evacuated, and the draft should help to move the humidity out of the bathroom.
After you’ve finished showering, remember to leave the door and window open for at least an hour, or overnight if possible. This will prevent humidity from causing other problems such as mold in the bathroom, for example.
Without ventilation, humidity risks turning into mould! Here are some tips to avoid this problem: Mold in the bathroom.
6. Avoid humidity in the bathroom with heat
Your bathroom is not equipped with a ventilation system and there is no window in it, turn on the radiator. The dry heat it gives off will help remove water vapor and moisture.
In the absence of a radiator in your bathroom, and if it is impossible to install a ventilation system there, you could have a small air convector installed which will heat the room and thereby remove, ambient humidity.
- Radiator and fan
- Ideal for heating and reducing humidity in a bathroom
- Ultra quiet, compact and portable
7. A humidity absorber for the bathroom
The chemical absorber is a small device that works with mineral salts that capture ambient humidity and then reject it in the form of water, in a receptacle. The only maintenance to be done is to regularly empty the tank and replace the mineral salts which are available in sachets, gel or tablets.
The advantage of this device is that it does not need to be connected to electricity. Easy to use, it can help you remove humidity from your bathroom.
- Protects against mold and bad odors
- Protects walls, furniture and textiles against moisture
- Ideal for controlling humidity in a bathroom
If you are looking for other tips to lower the humidity this complete guide is to read now: How to remove humidity in a house?