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Oct. 30, 2012 - DampRid - Moisture in Clothes Closet

Newer homes often have the Master Bedroom Closet inside or in close proximity to the Master Bathroom. Many of my clients have asked if there is a concern that the bathroom steam from hot showers will create mold and mildew problems in their clothes closet.

At a recent dinner party with former clients, I brought each guest a DampRid product in a gift bag. A little unusual for a "dinner party favor", I agree, especially since it was not even my dinner party. :) But everyone appreciated the "gift" and none had ever seen the product before, so I thought it was worth a blog post on the topic.

CLOTHES CLOSET IN OR NEAR BATHROOM

The DampRid product pictured above and below is often best for clothes closet use. You simply hang it in the closet. Can't get much simpler than that.

The moisture drawing crystals are in the top white portion and the bottom portion is empty when you place it in the closet. As it collects moisture from the closet area, the liquid drops into the lower portion as pictured below.

When the crystals are gone and the bag is full of water you just toss it in the trash and put in a new one. This is a good idea in closets even when it is not near a bathroom to deal with mustiness caused by putting heavy clothing in a closet before it is completely dry.

MOLD AND MILDEW IN STORAGE AREAS

Whether it is your personal storage area or a commercial storage area that you rent. It can be your garage or pantry or attic or crawl space, always a good idea here in Seattle where it rains and doesn't dry out for months to keep these crystals in various places to protect your home and belongings.

To keep storage areas dry and mold and mildew free I prefer the version pictured below.

The top is refillable and the bottom collects the water that you just dump out and reuse the container over and over again. Excellent for use on a shelf above your washer and dryer in the laundry room or laundry closet. Garage, Storage Areas Commercial, Apartment or at home, under sinks, in the food pantry closet...pretty much anywhere you are concerned about moisture issues.

ECONOMY SIZE

You can buy these crystals in large economy size bags. Damp rid is not the only maker of these moisture control crystals, but the 42 oz refill bags which you can buy at Amazon.com for only $3.88 seem to be the best buy for the best product, best I can tell.

You can even make your own containers with a little ingenuity from containers you would normally just throw away. Lots of uses for this nifty product that has been around for decades.

I have had several clients recently who have never heard about it before, so I thought I would highlight it today...because it is one of those long drizzly high moisture days that I expect will stick around until...oh...around July 5th 2013. 

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