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Canihavesomemore Thu 31-Jan-13 16:30:52

Just that really. I air out the flat when I do my Sunday clean... Sometimesblush Ds's room has always been particularly damp, today I opened the storage cupboard in Ds's room to find it full of mold! All over his spare push hair and a couple of my going out dresses. Called the estate agent who came around and said you obviously don't air the flat out enough hmm realistically, how often is enough and do u do it?

specialsubject Thu 31-Jan-13 17:13:31

once a day for about 10 minutes is enough. In summer (remember that?) windows are open all day when I am home.

your stuff should be covered by your tenant's insurance.

Dothraki Thu 31-Jan-13 17:19:18

I never close my bedroom window - even when it was snowing wink

HoratiaWinwood Thu 31-Jan-13 17:32:22

Bedrooms every day for at least an hour (open before school run, close when I get back).

Bathroom after every shower. After baths if it feels steamy.

Downstairs if I remember.

We get awful mould otherwise.

deleted203 Thu 31-Jan-13 17:34:48

In the North of England? Only in summer time, love. (Occasionally).

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 31-Jan-13 17:39:36

Our windows are always on the latch with the vents open.

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 31-Jan-13 17:41:13

5-10 mins every day & after cooking / baths / showers

Its still bad though

ElectricSoftParade Thu 31-Jan-13 17:44:17

I air the house out every day as if I don't it gets too smelly and damp. The only time I don't is when DH is at home during the day as he tends to put the heating on while leaving the windows open and then complaining he is cold hmm.

Even ten minutes is better than not doing it at all. Hope you find a solution.

DeafLeopard Thu 31-Jan-13 17:45:31

Little windows in bedrooms slightly open all the time, as is the utility room as it has washing machine and tumble dryer in there.

Kitchen I open if cooking and it gets steamy, but it is quite well ventilated anyway.

Loo open when someone has a smelly poo.

Rest of downstairs, rarely, although the doors don't close properly so there is always a draught going through which airs the house

Dahlen Thu 31-Jan-13 17:46:13

Every day for about an hour. It's not just about ventilation though. You also need to keep the place warm enough. My house doesn't keep mould-free unless I do both.

hiddenhome Thu 31-Jan-13 18:29:04

Every morning and some windows are open all the time, even during winter.

MirandaWest Thu 31-Jan-13 18:30:50

Bedroom window open during the night. Bathroom window after hot shower or bath. More open windows when it's a little warmer smile

HDee Thu 31-Jan-13 18:37:06

Some windows are open all day, every day, except in the very, very coldest of weathers.

The en suite bathroom window is open all the time, as are both windows in my bedroom. Other bedroom windows get opened every day but are closed after a little while.

Kitchen windows are opened when cooking and usually left open all evening. Front room windows are opened daily too, but closed regularly too.

I hate musty unaired houses. They never seem clean and fresh.

Canihavesomemore Thu 31-Jan-13 20:19:45

shock wow I am so out of the loop! Thanks everyone! During the summer it is all day everyday but I don't really do it during winter, really need to change that!

PigletJohn Fri 01-Feb-13 00:17:35

damp and mould inside and behind cupboards or furniture which are against (cold) external walls is typical of condensation caused by excessive humidity.

Opening ther windows daily to let the moisture out will help a lot.

In UK homes, the most common cause is draping wet washing around the home and over radiators, followed by not using an effective extractor fan in the bathroom.

If you have no tumble drier, there are a couple of other suggestions that will help. Does the bathroom have an extractor, and does it seem to work?

Canihavesomemore Fri 01-Feb-13 02:11:04

Thanks piglet the laundry is aired in the kitchen so I don't think it's that, must be windows

TapirBackRider Fri 01-Feb-13 02:21:23

I air the house every day - upstairs windows are opened an inch or so when I get up, and only closed if it rains (prevailing winds tend to blow the window open and rain in) or when night falls.

I have no tumble drier, and no space for one so we have to dry over the radiators during bad/cold weather. It's not ideal but really have little choice.

brighthair Fri 01-Feb-13 02:39:39

Trickle vents open everyday
Bedroom window open on lock (so just open)
Living room/kitchen window everyday
And I run extractor fans in both bathrooms (dry washing in there as its faster with door shut and fan on)

Rosa Fri 01-Feb-13 03:01:52

Daily ..."change the air" try to do all rooms but I have a small house. When sick kids move them into another room then airthe room and bedclothes.

AppleOgies Fri 01-Feb-13 10:41:40

Every day... The length of time they're open depends on the weather.

ZipItShrimpy Fri 01-Feb-13 10:46:40

Bedroom windows get opened every morning for a blow though come rain, hail or shine.

Kitchen window opened whenever I cook as I hate lingering cooking smells.

All other windows get opened at random intervals to let some fresh air in.

Does your house not smell musty and pongy if you never open the windows? It certainly mustn't smell fresh!

Blackden Fri 01-Feb-13 14:57:13

OP I went through a phase of not opening the windows at all, for about 6 months, because I've got a spider phobia and was convinced they come in through open windows. (They may well come in through open windows but they tend to come from lots of other places too, as it turns out).

Several months later I found that I had an awful problem with damp in my fitted wardrobes. All of my clothes had a horrible musty smell and felt cold and damp when I got dressed.
Then someone I'm very close to commented that my house whiffed a bit. I was mortified.
Now, during winter, I open the bedroom windows for about 30 minutes a day and downstairs for about 10 minutes. In summer I try to keep most of them open all day when I'm at home. I live in the North of England.
No more damp in the wardrobes and I'm told that my house no longer has an unpleasant odour.

PigletJohn Fri 01-Feb-13 20:45:34


Does your bathroom have an extractor fan, and does it appear to work?

stargirl1701 Fri 01-Feb-13 20:48:21

I keep the upstairs bedroom windows open all the time, all year round. Downstairs the vents are all open and the doors are opened and closed all day.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Fri 01-Feb-13 20:52:21

Trickle vents open all the time. Upstairs and down at least one window open for at least half an hour a day, often longer. Back door open most of the time in summer. Bathroom window always open during showering and for half an hour afterwards.

DeathMetalMum Sat 02-Feb-13 09:19:39

Trickle vents opened daily. Bathroom and kitchen open when cooking and after baths. Also keep the bathroom fan running all day after a bath.

I try and open other windows when I remember our bedroom is usually 5/7 days for most of the day, dd's room at least weekly. We have nor long moved from a very damp flat so I am paranoid about the same happening here. I dry clothes on an airer in the dining area in the daytime if I need too and hang tshirts on the curtain rails in front of either the trickle vent or an open window they dry v quickly.

TapirBackRider Sat 02-Feb-13 14:17:41

PigletJohn No we don't have a fan - and the wiring is currently not able to support one.

PigletJohn Sat 02-Feb-13 17:02:38

a typical bathroom fan uses about 20Watts (less than a filament light bulb) so is usually connected to the bathroom lamp rose. However, if not already wired in, yes, you would need an electrician to provide the connection (regulations apply to bathrooms).

I was going to suggest hanging the wet washing in the bathroom and using the extractor to take the water vapour outside, but not applicable as you haven't got one sad so the wet washing is going to be a problem.

MousyMouse Sat 02-Feb-13 17:13:25

bedroom windows are opened mornings for about 20 min while we get ready and 20 mins in the evenings before bed. we also leave the wardrobes open a bit during that time.
bathroom windows after bath/shower. kitchen after cooking.
no damp despite drying washing indoors (no tumble dryer). but on airers, never on the radiators.

HindsightisaMarvellousThing Sat 02-Feb-13 17:39:13

I've got leaky old single pane sash windows, so we get a draught through anyway.

I air upstairs every day, usually fora minimum of 30 minutes. Downstairs windows and doors are open a lot - we have 3 dogs and I am concerned about smells. I don't dry washing indoors either.

We only have some form of rising damp in the shoddily built bits of the house that predate damp courses.

Pagwatch Sat 02-Feb-13 17:41:20

My bedroom window is open over night.
Rest of the house has the windows opened on each floor for at least an hour each day.

GobblersKnob Sat 02-Feb-13 17:41:57

Everyday and bedroom window open all night, every night.

oldebaglady Sat 02-Feb-13 17:43:50

every day, for a few hours, however not the ones directly beside the dampest walls as the damp is caused by warm wet air hitting cold walls so don't want those walls to get colder so in winter its the windows that have radiators under them mainly, and in summer I do open the windows by the walls tending to get most damp but only in the morning so that the sun will heat the walls in the afternoon IYKWIM

- made a huge difference, when I used to open the windows nearest the damp the damp got much worse! Now we do air daily but only certain windows

CointreauVersial Sat 02-Feb-13 17:47:40

Never open our windows in the winter - it's too blooming cold! The house is pretty large and open plan, and we never get any condensation.

Bumblequeen Sat 02-Feb-13 18:05:00

I open bedroom windows daily, bathroom window is cracked open permanently, kitchen window is opened whenever I cook and for 30 mins after. I find carpets hold smells so rooms need to be aired well.

I can tell instantly if someone does not air their home- the air is stifling.

Bumblequeen Sat 02-Feb-13 18:08:52

Rooms smell of windows are not opened. Think back to the time you entered a meeting room straight after a team had used it- stale breath and body odours all mixed in the air.

Bumblequeen Sat 02-Feb-13 18:09:30


Pagwatch Sat 02-Feb-13 18:10:34

My house is pretty big and we don't get condensation but I need fresh air in the house.
I hate fugginess.

acsec Sat 02-Feb-13 18:12:27

Bedroom window open all the time when we're home (unless it's Baltic!), likewise bathroom. DSS' open on weekend during the day. Kitchen open when I'm cooking, lounge open now and then as if kitchen and lounge windows both open there's a terrible draught.

Imflabulous Sat 02-Feb-13 18:15:39

Everyday, after I make beds I open all windows and then if its really cold I close after school run, other wise after a couple of hours.

Kitchen window open and closed all day depending on cooking, tumbler on etc

Vents always open.

CointreauVersial Sat 02-Feb-13 18:18:09

But it's too cold.

yuleheart Sat 02-Feb-13 18:26:56

Every day,
Our bedroom window is open on the first notch all year round (hardy northerner)
Back door and patio door are usually open all day in summer.

Blackden I spray insect spray round the open window frames inside and out and have conkers mixed in my bowl of 'pebbly twiggy' stuff as spiders hate the smell of conkers (apparently).
Last year I put an artistic pile of then near the front and back doors thinking they would act as a secondary deterrent but the local squirrel ate them!

TapirBackRider Sat 02-Feb-13 18:42:09

PigletJohn We're in the process of getting a quote for re-wiring, as we've had two electric showers burn out the wiring - one caught fire whilst I was in it <outs self massively>

There's nothing in this house that's straight, or built properly. sad

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