Is moisture a problem in my kitchen?
A lot of moisture is also produced in the kitchen. Activities like cooking, washing and eating meals all add moisture to the kitchen air, making it important to have sufficient ventilation installed in the kitchen. Any kitchen without proper ventilation is simply not well built. Generally speaking, we can say moisture should not be a problem in any normal kitchen.
Regardless, many kitchens have mold and moisture problems. Here are our tips for those of you suffering from a damp kitchen:
Black mold on the ceiling:
This is a sign of a serious moisture problem. Bring in a specialist to install extra ventilation.
Moldy kitchen counter seals:
Make sure no moisture can seep between the kitchen counter and the sink or walls. Replace any damaged or moldy seals with a quality silicone sealant.
Condensation while cooking:
Always turn on the extractor fan while cooking to take out the water vapor. Regularly clean the filters to allow moist air to pass through unhindered.
Mushy dishwasher tablets:
The salt in dishwasher tablets attracts moisture. New generation dishwasher tablets are often not packed in plastic but a water dissolvable material that lets moisture in from the air. Store the tablets in a closed plastic box to prevent them from getting mushy.
Musty sink cabinet:
Never hang wet dishcloths and used kitchen towels in closed cabinets as the moisture can not escape and black mold and bacteria are likely to develop both in the cabinet and on the cloth.
Place a Pingi dehumidifier in the sink cabinet to actively remove any enclosed moisture from the air inside the cabinet. This will prevent black mold from developing in your cabinets. Pingi is affordable, easy to use and can be used again and again, making it is the ideal choice for your kitchen cabinet.
Recharging Pingi Basic and i-Dry products in the kitchen will also evacuate moisture into the air. We are sometimes asked if that is a problem. That is not a problem in any well ventilated kitchen.