The rainy season finally arrived in Panama. We were told that it rained almost every day while we were away. Everything looks so green, and the previously neat yard is a bit overgrown.
But, with rain comes humidity, and mold. The house had been closed and we smelled a problem as soon as we opened the door. My mouse pad was the most impressive! There was also mold on other odd places – the office chairs, the front of the fridge, the bicycles, a few of the clothes, and the frying pans.
My first couple days home were spent scrubbing the house. It was probably due for a good cleaning anyway but it got the full treatment, especially in the kitchen. Windows and doors were opened, fans were turned back on, and things quickly smelled a lot better.
Humidity control measures are back in effect too –
- The shower walls are squeegeed after use, and wet towels are put out in the laundry room.
- Any previously worn clothes are not allowed back in the closet area – which is a part of the bathroom. (that sounds convenient, but it’s not so good for keeping clothes dry)
- There is a light and heat bar in the closet area, and a fan in the bathroom/closet.
- My husband also bought a dehumidifier and it’s making the rounds from room to room. It seems to heat up a room, but it sure dries it out!
We first arrived here in the rainy season and had mold problems before. These measures seemed to take care of it (even without the dehumidifier) so we shall see how it goes from here. I’m liking the change of season though. Summer was interesting but we’d had enough of hot and dry. I love the balmy moist air, the cooler temperatures, and the green everywhere. It looks especially lovely now down by the river.