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Moisture in Closet: Top Cleanup Tips

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

When you think of your closet, your thoughts probably turn to wanting more space or wondering if you need to hang some mothballs in a storage closet. But did you know that moisture can be a problem in your closet? This is especially true if your closet is on an outside wall and there isn’t much, if any, insulation above or below it.

The first sign of a moisture issue in your closet could be droplets of water that show up on the ceiling, or clothes at the top of your closet that feel damp, if clothes are stacked to the ceiling on a shelf. What can you do to lessen the moisture in your closet and prevent it from becoming water damage or mold?

You have a few options:

  • Purchase DampRid or another desiccant that will hang in your closet and take in moisture
  • Instead of DampRid, you can also place a bowl of baking soda on the floor or a shelf in the closet that will take in moisture 
  • Get a mini dehumidifier to place in your closet, typically up where the moisture has been seen
  • Remove everything from the closet and spray clean the closet with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, or use a bleach disinfecting wipe to clean off the walls/ceiling
  • Leave the closet door open more often to let air circulate
  • Along with the closet door, open your windows in the room during the day if possible for further air circulation
  • Check the clothes in your closet to make sure you haven’t accidentally put any damp clothes in the closet
  • Add further insulation to the room above and below the closet

Have you not noticed the moisture until it became a mold issue? Contact us here at SERVPRO of Haverhill / Newburyport for an assessment of your mold damage along with a plan for mold remediation.

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