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Water drops on glass

How to keep condensation at bay this winter

You may have noticed more condensation on your windows during the winter months, so in this simple blog post we have explained the causes of condensation, along with its effects and preventative measures.

What is condensation?

Condensation is a result of airborne water vapour condensing into a liquid, which is deposited on interior – or exterior – surfaces.

What causes condensation?

Condensation is a result of warm air colliding with cold surfaces, or when there is an excess amount of humidity in your home. Condensation is more common during the colder winter months, when your heating is used more frequently on cold winter mornings and evenings.

What can happen if I don’t prevent condensation?

If you don’t regularly remove condensation, or follow ways to reduce it, a build up can lead to greater problems. Condensation can lead to mould build up around the edges and sills of your windows, and this could eventually damage your walls and furniture.

How can I minimise condensation in my home?

If the biggest cause of condensation is the variation of inside room temperature, this can be controlled by replacing single glazing with energy efficient double or triple glazing, which works to maintain a higher surface temperature of the interior facing glass.

If this isn’t an option – or exterior temperature changes are extreme – condensation and its long term effects can be kept under control through regular removal of the excess water, using a dry cloth to wipe down the surface. Other preventative measures include:

  1. Correct air vents: If you have a washing machine or dryer in your home, ensure that this is correctly vented. Litres of water can be emitted into the air from a single wash, so adequate ventilation is essential to minimise condensation.
  2. Bathroom tip:  When showering or bathing, turn on your extractor fan to eliminate steam and moisture that results from running warm water in a cold environment.
  3. Drying clothes: As drying clothes in the winter isn’t always possible outside, keep wet washed clothes in a bathroom with the adjoining door closed and, ideally, with a window open.
  4. Furniture care: To allow air to circulate fully around the house, when possible, make sure that your furniture is at least 50mm away from walls.

Following these tips should help reduce condensation in your home.

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Christmas wreath on fireplace

12 days to a tidy Christmas: Top tips to get your home sparkling this festive season

Whilst you may be keeping your homes warm this Christmas, it’s important to prevent dust from piling up and germs manifesting. So, we’ve given you super cleaning tips for the twelve days of Christmas…

1 – Dust your Christmas ornaments: When you first get the Christmas decs down from the attic, it may not occur to clean them before displaying them. But be sure to get a feather duster and start dusting! For an efficient clean make sure to dust from top to bottom.

2 – Dust off your ceiling fans: As the cold weather sets in, our ceiling fans tend to get neglected. But the lack of use causes dust to pile up, so make sure they are well dusted.

3 – Shake off rugs: Regularly vacumming your carpets should be a part of your routine domestic clean. Shake off rugs in an outdoor environment, to ensure all dust is removed.

4 – Clean your windows:  Windows get dirty very quickly, especially during the winter season. To clean your windows, wash them with a wet sponge and a homemade solution of white vinegar, water and liquid detergent. Gently scrub the surface with your solution and sponge, and then dry with a dry cloth. If window cleaning in this cold weather isn’t sounding appealing, give us a call to see how we can help!

5 – Winterize your entrance: The Christmas season is wonderful, but the only downside can be the weather. Make sure you keep a floor mat or shoe scrape outside your entrance to protect your floors from mud, snow and leaves.

6 – Vacuum underneath furniture: To get rid of any dust and creepy-crawlies that have taken residence in your house from the harsh weather outside, vacuum both underneath your furniture and the bottom of your furniture.

7 – Wash and disinfect bins: We often forget to clean our bins – frequently being too distracted by making sure they go out on time! But it is essential to wash and disinfect bins as frequently as possible, to ensure hygiene and clean air circulation.

8 – Vacuum your furniture: Avoid sitting on dust and dirt by frequently vacuuming. When vacuuming the sofa, use a nozzle on your hoover to ensure you are reaching into its crevices.

9 – Wash your toilet brushes: Make sure you bleach and disinfect your toilet brushes. Use a solution of 1 part bleach 6 parts water, for a good clean.

10 – Clean the kettle: More hot chocolates and teas are enjoyed when the temperature dips outside! Make sure to clean out your kettle. Do this by using a mixture of water and vinegar and boil it. Once it has finished boiling let it sit for 20 minutes, then pour the solution out. Continue to wipe the inside of your kettle with a cloth! Voila – you now have a clean kettle ready for all your Christmas themed beverages.

11 – Frequently dust and wash your curtains: As dust builds up faster when we are less likely to open windows and circulate fresh air, it is essential to clean your curtains. Take them down from the windows, dust them, and then wash them. Be sure to check washing instructions before cleaning.

12 – Clean your kitchen drain: Drains can get clogged up and freeze during the winter period. Clean your drain by pouring baking soda or white vinegar into the drain.