I’ll exchange the humid climate of coastal Guangdong for the dry climate of Central Europe tomorrow, but don’t worry – I’ve prepared lots of China-related posts to keep you entertained until I’m back in a few months’ time small talking with locals in China.
It’s May 2013. Leaving Shenzhen during its moldiest season is probably not a very good idea. Y and I make sure all things are stored safely in boxes before we leave Shenzhen for our wedding in Austria. But there are some things that don’t fit into our boxes. So when we come back to our little apartment after having been away for 7 weeks, the first thing we do is to start cleaning the apartment and wash clothes, beddings and everything else that can be washed. Every once in a while Y hears me screaming: “Oh my god, there’s another one!” Meaning another thing that is completely covered in mold.
The first thing we see that is completely covered in mold is a leather belt. Really? A leather belt? The next things are spices and rice. Some bugs are crawling out of one of the small glasses with spices when I open it. “This is so disgusting!” Y hears me scream.
I then decide to go to the supermarket and buy every anti-mold thing I can find. I’m not very lucky with my search though. I come home with some things to put into the closets, but other than that, I really can’t find much to get rid of mold. So I just buy the most sour vinegar I can find. 9°, it says on the package. I still smell mold whenever I come back home to our apartment, so I guess the fight is not over yet.
Before the start of this year’s rainy season, I ask a friend from Guangdong what they do to avoid mold growing everywhere you can imagine. Here’s what she recommends:
Turn on the air-conditioner and use the dehumidifying option (抽湿 chōushī). If you plan to stay in Shenzhen (or any other humid place) long-term, it might be a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier, since these usually work much better than the air-conditioners. If the weather is nice, hang your beddings up to dry in the sun. If you have an electric blanket, you can also turn it on for a while before going to bed. It will dry your sheets.
These options aren’t environmentally friendly, but mold is bad for your health and really hard to get rid of, so prevention is probably the easiest way to deal with it.
Oh, and here’s a tip from my husband for storing winter clothes during the rainy season: Putting them into vacuum bags will not only safe a lot of space, but also stops the clothes from turning into little mold monsters.
Have you ever had problems with mold? How did you deal with it?