Tips to deal with bathroom condensation

If you love a hot shower, and your bathroom is not well ventilated, then you will no doubt be privy to those foggy, sweaty, humid bathroom encounters and as a result bathroom condensation can lead to problems like mould.

 

1. Create ventilation

First up, you need to make sure you turn the extractor fan on before you hop in the shower and leave it on after to help the condensation ease quickly.
Post-shower, open the window (if you have one) to let more steam out. If you don’t have windows, however, you should make sure you open the bathroom door as soon as you’ve finished in the shower.
Extractor fans help reduce and eliminate surface condensation by exchanging stale air with fresh air. Without a window and extractor fan, the condensation will never have anywhere to escape.


2. Heat the bathroom up with a hairdryer
As condensation requires a cool surface to form, to eliminate it after a shower blast your hairdryer all over the walls and mirror. It’s also a great way to de-mist the mirror so you can use it to do your hair and make-up.

3. Run cold water
To prevent your mirror from fogging, run your shower water on cold for 30 seconds before switching on the hot.  This will keep your shower and the surrounding areas cool, so that when you switch over to hot water, the fog will not form as quickly.


4. Use a dehumidifier
If you don’t have windows in the bathroom, you should think about getting a dehumidifier.  Turning it on whenever you shower or bathe means you’ll get a big drop in condensation.


5. Opt for a demistable mirror
Demistable mirrors are fitted with heating pads which keep the surface of the mirror warm and eliminate the chance for condensation to form. It’s a great investment if you find you’re constantly de-steaming your bathroom!