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Mick's Tips:
How to Prevent Mould and Damp

Follow these tips and your home will have less damp and mould. 

You do not have to use all the tips but using as many as you can will help as much as possible!



Each morning, pull back bed covers to allow moisture to escape rather than trapping it by making your bed straight away.

At the same time, open windows to allow an escape route for the moisture.

Bed with its covers pulled back.

Open windows briefly when you get up in the morning, to bring in some drier air from outside and let moisture escape after it’s built up from your breathing overnight.

(remember to close them again!)

An open window in a bedroom.

Open your curtains and blinds during the day to warm rooms up naturally and prevent moisture being trapped around the windows.


Ensure your bathroom/kitchen extractor fans are on when bathing/cooking. Give your bathroom extractor fan a clean by dampening a cloth and clearing fluff from the filter that could cause it to be less efficient.

For your kitchen extractor, remove the outer cover and wash in a warm solution of washing-up liquid.


When boiling or steaming on your hob, ensure lids are fitted onto pans and open the window slightly to let the water vapour escape.

Pot Lid on fully when boiling and cooking.

If drying clothes indoors place them on a clothes horse (not a radiator) near an open window or in a room with an extractor fan.


If you can, put furniture against internal walls and leave a gap of about two inches between the furniture and wall, so air can circulate around the room.


Try not to put too many things in cupboards, wardrobes and drawers so that air can circulate around the contents.

An overfilled wardrobe with a cross through it. Do not overfill.

Try not to leave clothing or bedding in the corners of rooms. 

Clothes in corner with a cross through it. Do not leave clothes in the corner of rooms.

Try not to stack clothing or items against walls. 

A pile of things against a wall with an x through it. Do not leave things against walls.

The government suggests keeping your living areas at 18-20 degrees when you’re at home (bedrooms can be a bit cooler at night). 

To avoid major condensation problems, the temperature shouldn’t drop below 14 degrees.