Damp-proof kitchens

Here's how to prevent pesky damp in the kitchen

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If you’ve ever replaced your kitchen, you’ll know how good it feels when the installation is complete and you can sit down to a relaxing glass of wine or delicious dinner for the first time in your brand new kitchen.

At Magnet, we believe you should feel that same sense of satisfaction every time you spend time in your kitchen, whether it’s the first time or the five hundred and first. We design kitchens made to stand up to anything life can throw at them, and that includes damp.

Excess condensation in the kitchen makes the room feel cold and unpleasant, can pose a potential health risk due to mould growth and can even lead to structural damage if left untreated. So to help you take precautions against this common issue, we’ve compiled this handy guide to fighting damp in the kitchen.

Cooking up a storm

Unsurprisingly, cooking is one of the biggest causes of excess condensation in the kitchen. While there are simple steps you can take to prevent too much moisture from escaping, like keeping a lid on saucepans on the hob, it’s impossible to prevent steam entirely, so an effective fan is essential. If you’re prone to forgetting to turn on the fan, then consider opting for a cooker hood with hood to hob functionality, which automatically activates and adjusts fan settings to the level of steam produced by your cooking.

What’s more, you no longer have to compromise on style when choosing an extraction system, as there are now a variety of concealed or even decorative cooker hoods available, like the dazzling Elica Star Island model or the chic Elica Seashell hood.

Laundry day

Hanging laundry up to dry inside the home is another major cause of damp, particularly when it’s too cold outside to open a window to let moisture escape. That’s why it’s always best to either hang clothes outdoors on warm, dry days, or use a tumble dryer instead. For smaller homes or apartments without a balcony or garden, a combined washer dryer is a great way to save on precious space while still preventing damp.

The drop test

If left to stand, moisture on wood worktops can lead to warping or staining, particular if you’ve forgotten to regularly re-oil the wood, which creates a protective seal to stop liquids from soaking through. Wipe up spills quickly to keep worktops pristine and perform a ‘drop-test’ to check the worktop is well-oiled: if a water drop beads on the surface of the worktop without soaking in, then the wood is protected. If not, you need to reapply oil by rubbing it into the worktops to prevent spills from damaging the wood.

Prevention is better than cure

If you do still see signs of damp even after taking these steps, make sure to dry down windowsills, tiled splashbacks and worktops frequently to prevent condensation leading to mildew and mould growth. After all, it’s definitely worth the effort in the long run compared to the cost of replacing window frames or having to re-seal tiling.

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