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Washing in winter: the mistake that causes mold to form on your walls - voila! Home and design


If you hang laundry to dry indoors in the winter, you may increase the risk of mold in the walls and ceiling by 30%. Experts explain how to dry laundry without endangering your health

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In the winter season, when the house is closed and less ventilated, we often notice mold stains that accumulate on the walls, furniture, toys and even in the wardrobes and the clothes themselves.

Why is this happening?

Most of the time, the mold is created and spreads due to a high level of humidity that accumulates in the house.

There are factors for this due to the weather and the infiltration of rainwater into the walls of the house, but there are also factors inside the house that can contribute to the development of dampness and the spread of mold in the spaces of the house.

Accumulation of moisture and mold in the house can damage the quality of the air we breathe and affect our health.

In the winter season, when we spend more hours in the closed house, the danger in this matter even increases.

The mold is a fungus with a structure similar to that of a plant;

It contains roots, stem and spores.

Its structure allows it to grow sometimes deep into the soil on which it grows, even if we cannot notice it.

The problem stems from the spores that the mold emits.

To reproduce and spread, mold sucks out microscopic spores that are airborne into the surrounding space.

For most people, exposure to these spores can lead to symptoms such as stuffy nose, coughing and itchy eyes;

Annoying, but nothing too serious.

However, exposure to mold can be more serious for people with asthma, breathing problems, a weak immune system, or specific allergies.

In winter, the washing volume increases because of the thick clothes and the many layers.

Winter items are placed on a washing machine (photo: Beko)

So what do you do with the wet laundry in the winter and how can you still maintain the air quality in the house on cold days and prevent a favorable environment for the development of mold?

According to the experts of beko, the home appliance brand, when it comes to the accumulation of moisture and humidity resulting from our behavior inside the house, you can avoid it by a few simple actions.

First and foremost, make sure to dry the wet laundry properly and try to avoid drying the laundry indoors.

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How can hanging wet laundry indoors in the winter cause dampness?

In the winter season, the volume of our laundry increases - winter clothes are thick and we also tend to wear them in layers.

Add to that socks, scarves, coats and blankets and we got a large amount of laundry that we have to dry.

As we enter the height of winter, the hours of sunshine and its warm weather we need to dry our laundry outside are dwindling and naturally we prefer to dry our laundry indoors, but this is where a problem begins: during winter we tend to turn on our heating more and at the same time close the windows .

When we combine this with wet laundry hanging inside the house, a lot of condensation is created, which can cause an increase of about 30% in the humidity in the house.

This condensation soaks into our walls, carpets and furniture, creating moisture that is a favorable breeding ground for mold.

Using a clothes dryer on cold and rainy days will be effective both in time and in preventing unnecessary moisture in the home (the device dries the laundry without creating condensation in the house) and if you choose a clothes dryer that works with innovative technologies, you can also save energy and electricity.

If you still prefer to hang the laundry to dry, try to do it outside under a washing machine and if you hang it indoors, be sure to place the drying device near an open window.

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Laundry drying facility in the living room (Photo: ShutterStock)

How do you identify mold at home?

There are some clear signs that indicate the formation of dampness and mold in the house.

Pay attention to these signs and if they appear consult the professionals for quick treatment and eradication of the problem: a musty smell, the appearance of fungi or mold on walls, floors or ceilings, the appearance of dark or faded spots on walls or plaster, lifting or peeling of wallpaper and layers of paint, walls, floors or Ceilings that feel cold or wet to the touch.

beko's experts offer additional tips for proper conduct that can reduce the increase in humidity levels and the formation of dampness and mold in the home, during the winter season:

Yep, it's mold.

A woman looks at signs of mold on the walls (Photo: ShutterStock)

  • Do not overload the washing machine: Be sure not to overfill the washing machine, to allow it to perform the spinning operation correctly, thus reducing the amount of time it will take to dry.

  • Keep the wardrobe spacious and ventilated: a wardrobe containing huge amounts of compressed and dense clothing items can be a 'fertile ground' for the formation of mold.

    Be sure to arrange the clothes in the closet in a spacious manner, and on nice days you open the windows in the room, open the closet doors as well and air out the shelves and the clothes in it.

  • Open the windows: when you run a washing machine/dryer and when you cook or during hot showers and baths, be sure to open the windows of the house in order to encourage air circulation and prevent the accumulation of moisture and dampness.

  • Vinegar, water and soap: Use vinegar, water and soap to wash and clean mold from hard surfaces.

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Source: walla

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