Japan’s Rainy Season: 9 Ways to Deal with Mold

Mold can be a persistent and challenging problem, especially during the rainy season when damp conditions provide an ideal environment for mold spores to thrive. We share house staffs and its residents work hard against it in this season.

Taking proactive steps to prevent mold growth not only helps in maintaining a clean and healthy living space but also safeguards your home from potential damage.

Here are practical and effective ways to keep mold at bay:

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1. Let the Air Flow / Ventilate

Improve air circulation by opening windows and doors when weather permits to reduce humidity levels indoors.

2. Clean Your Floors

Ensure floors are kept clean and dry to prevent mold from developing on carpets, tatami mats, or wooden surfaces.

3. Keep Your Umbrella Dry

Prevent bringing moisture indoors by ensuring your umbrella is dry before storing it.

4. Dehumidify and Deodorize Your Shoe Box

Use products like Mizutorizou-san or desiccant packs in your shoe box to absorb moisture and prevent mold.

5. Keep Surfaces Dry

Regularly wipe down surfaces prone to moisture, such as kitchen counters and bathroom sinks, to prevent mold growth.

6. Dehumidify Your Space

Use dehumidifiers or moisture-absorbing products in closets, cabinets, and other enclosed spaces to control humidity.

7. Air Out Your Mattresses

Regularly air out and sun-dry mattresses and bedding to eliminate moisture and discourage mold growth.

8. Clean Your Washing Machine

Clean your washing machine regularly to prevent mold buildup in the drum and seals. There are several products with the main purpose of cleaning washing machines, and those are available in drug stores or supermarkets.

9. Set Your Air Conditioner to “Dry” Mode

Use the “dry” (ドライ) setting on your air conditioner to dehumidify indoor spaces effectively, especially during humid periods.

By following these tips, you can effectively combat mold during Japan’s rainy season, ensuring a cleaner and healthier indoor environment.

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