Controlling Moisture in Closets: 7 Tips

The accumulation of moisture in closets can lead to a moldy smell of your clothes. In addition, mold can form and some items of clothing may be damaged. Mold and mildew thrives in humid and dark environments such as closets, and they may also be unhealthy, triggering allergies, asthma attacks or even more complex health issues. You can reduce the moisture and prevent the formation of mold following a few steps.

You Will Need:

  • Dehumidifier
  • Moisture absorbent compounds or disilicate bags
  • Vent fan

1. Use Moisture Absorbent Compound

A simple way to control moisture in your closets, is to buy moisture absorbent compounds (e.g. disilicate bags), and place them in various areas of your closets. You need to replace these absorbent compounds regularly, as indicated on the labels of the products you buy.

2. Use a Dehumidifier

You may place a dehumidifier in the closet, and this will absorb the wetness from the area. The dehumidifier should be chosen according to the size of the closet. The dehumidifier can also be placed just near the closet door, but in this case, you need to keep the door partially open, so that the dehumidifier can be effective.

Make sure you empty the device when it is full of water.

3. Add a Vent in the Closet

Adding a vent in the closet may be another solution to facilitate the circulation of air the closet and avoid the accumulation of moisture.

4. Install a Vent Fan in the Bathroom

If the closet shares a wall with a bathroom, the steam from the bathroom may facilitate the dampness in the closet. You should install a vent fan in the bathroom, and keep it on while you take a bath or a shower.

5. Keep the Closet Door Open

If the closet has an exterior wall, it will clearly become moist during the months with colder temperatures. Also if the closet is in the basement or close to the basement, it will be a thriving environment for mold. You can prevent the formation of mold by keeping the closet door open or partially open, which will allow the air to circulate, and ensure that the temperatures in the closet are more elevated. If you don’t like the sight of open closet doors, open the doors only when you are away from home.

6. Make Necessary Repairs

In some cases, the closet is damp due to a leaky pipe in the wall. Check for stains on the wall and make any required repairs.

7. Pay Attention to the Clothes You Put in Closets

Whenever you put clothes, shoes or items in the closets, make sure these are not wet or damp, as these will automatically lead to a moldy smell in the closets. Always make sure your running shoes are kept outside, and put them in the closet only after they are completely dry. If you have items that have a moldy smell, wash them. If you detect any mold stains on your clothes, place some lemon juice on these stains prior to washing.

Also, avoid keeping items on the floor, as these welcome the buildup of moisture.