Mold, a new challenge

We discovered some mold on an unused bit of luggage in the corner, put it out in the sun and didn’t think much more about it until yesterday. Yesterday, we discovered mold spots on some of the clothes in the closet area.

It’s warm and humid here and we don’t have air conditioning. I have heard that mold can be a problem in climates like this.  Apparently this is very true!  So, after a bit of research, we have a plan. Mold likes moisture and darkness, so the battle fronts are moisture control, air circulation, and light.

We already squeegee the shower down after we use it, and take the wet towels to the outside laundry room to dry. We are comfortable with no AC but we don’t want to add extra humidity to the house. This is also part of the mold control plan now.

The closet area will be outfitted with a light below the clothes for extra light and heat/dryness. We are considering a fan also but will see how the light and heat works first. (Joel is off to the Do-It Center as we speak to make a final decision on equipment) Clothes will not be overcrowded in the closet, and anything the least bit damp or already worn will not be returned to the closet until it is washed and totally dry.

I am happy to see that the affected clothes came out clean with no spots, and they are now drying in the sun. Hopefully this will be the last of the mold problems so we can get back to tromping around the woods, taking pictures of bugs, and whatever else sounds fun.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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8 Responses to Mold, a new challenge

  1. the light in the closet will make a big difference. yes, fighting the mold is serious battle in the rainy season. it will probably get better in january and february, though i am not too familiar with your climate vs the one in guanacaste/costa rica.
    good luck!


    • kristc99 says:

      Thanks! It is getting drier here now so it will probably be better. We need to manage this year around though. Hubby has returned with lights so we’ll see how it goes.


  2. Anonymous says:

    UV -C light works to control mold growth. Many types of UV lights are out there…good luck.


  3. A Dog With Fleas says:

    Hopefully you and your hubby can get rid of the problem. Because I want to see more pictures of the beauty you live in! 🙂


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