At Price Kitchens, we believe that it’s only right that you should love spending time in your kitchen, which is why we design our kitchens with robustness and longevity in mind – and this includes guarding against damp.
If you’ve ever had a problem with condensation in the kitchen, noticed a musty smell or mouldy patches on the wall, you will know how important it is to keep damp at bay in the heart of the home.
Condensation makes the room feel cold and unwelcoming. It can cause wallpaper to peel and pose a potential health risk on account of mould spores; damp can even cause structural damage if left undealt with. Sometimes, the problem doesn’t become obvious until an old kitchen is taken out, when the full extent to previously concealed walls or floors is suddenly revealed.
But what can you do to minimise the risk of damp in the kitchen? Here are our 4 top tips.
1. Stay in control of cooking steam
Not surprisingly, cooking is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to condensation in the kitchen. Without ventilation, the steam from pots and pans settles on your kitchen surfaces and increases moisture levels in the room.
Simple steps to reduce cooking steam includes keeping the saucepans on your hob covered with a lid, open a window if there is one, and make sure you use an extractor fan. Better still, include a cooker hood positioned over the hob in your kitchen design, or retrofit one to your existing kitchen.
Luckily, there a many styles and designs of this essential kitchen appliance available, including unobtrusive concealed versions, attractive chimney hoods and opulent statement pieces that look like chandeliers! Why not visit our useful buyers guide for advice on how to choose the best cooker hood for your needs.
2. Careful with washing and drying
Hanging up your laundry to dry inside the home can also contribute to damp, especially when its’s too cold to open a window and therefore the moisture can’t escape. A better idea is to put your clean laundry on the washing line outside on a warm, dry day, or place a clothes airer near an open window on a sunny day.
Alternatively, you may consider having a tumble dryer installed to take care of the clothes drying while preventing damp. Again, there’s a wide choice available in the market, both as vented models and condensers. We wrote a recent blog post to explain the different types. A combined washer dryer may be an even better option for smaller homes or flats that don’t have a balcony or a garden.
3. Protect your wooden worktops
Excess moisture on wooden worktops and floors can easily lead to staining and warping, so it’s important to keep an eye out. Make sure all wooden worktops are regularly oiled to maintain the protective seal that stops liquids from soaking into the timber. It should go without saying that any spills and drips should be mopped up without delay to avoid any damage. Take a look at our recent blog on how to look after timber worktops here.
To check if your timber surfaces are well oiled, you can perform the ‘drop test’. If a drop of water ‘beads’ on the surface without soaking in, all is well. If not, it’s time to reapply the oil and add essential moisture protection.
4. Frequent care and maintenance
Having taken the above precautions, you may still see signs of damp now again. Here, the watchword is constant vigilance. Make sure you wipe down window sills, splashbacks and worktops on a regular basis to prevent excess moisture to lead to mildew and mould growth.
Prevention is always better than cure and being house proud in your kitchen seems a small price to pay compared to the cost of having to replace a worktop, reseal tiling or renew window frames.