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Libellule
August 15th, 2014, 11:33
Forgive me if there is a similar thread somewhere, I couldn't find one.

I'm worried my apartment is super moldy. I come from a very dry place where mold is not an issue at all, so I might be mistaking my new humid environment for a moldy one. My shower room is obviously a huge issue, I have one of those turn on the gas and crank it showers, which is fine, except there are so many nooks and crannies that there is black stuff all over the grout, and under/between the different parts of the shower machine thingy. I guess it could be dirt maybe?

My bedroom is a tatami room and there are a few places on the walls with obvious water damage. The smell in the room is very musty, a bit more so than the rest of the apartment, and if I leave anything porous out it smells super musty. All of my clothes are hanging in the closet but they all smell super musty now too. I bought a new quilt/quilt cover and after a day it started to smell super musty. Do I just need to air it out outside on a regular basis? Is this just what it's like to live in a humid place? Or is my apartment super moldy?

I've done some research about moldy tatami and it looks/smells like the tatami is fine.

Sorry for the noob post, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

soh
August 15th, 2014, 11:48
You can get anti-mold cleaners for the shower room. Look for 防カビ.Also, get some dehumidifying things for your room and closets. I use みずとりぞうさん. I put a few in each room and the closets and they absorb a good amount of humidity.
Air your futon out regularly and leave it in the sun if you can. In the winter you might want to get a futon dryer that blows hot air through your futon.
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Libellule
August 15th, 2014, 11:52
Sorry, I should have mentioned that I have a western style bed, with a quilt, not a futon. But thanks soh! I will have to stock up on those humidity absorbers.

uthinkimlost?
August 15th, 2014, 12:01
Western beds can mold here, too. Don't make your bed, the blanket will trap in your nightly- ... moisture.

Hang the blanket up for the day, get it down at night.

word
August 15th, 2014, 19:22
Also, if you can afford it, get an air conditioner. It will dehumidify the air (most will actually have a dehumidify setting).

webstaa
August 18th, 2014, 08:54
If you can, get the Elephant brand - 水とりぞうさん - 7 and Aeon have their own versions, and neither seem to do the job as well as the elephant.

Its also a good idea if you leave for more than a couple days to leave one in each room and leave a fan on to exhaust (the shower fan etc.) I leave the shower fan on pretty much 24/7 in the summer.

Try not to dry clothes indoors (aim for sunny days - its a part of the TV weather forecast...) as it will raise the humidity. Outdoors or find a coin laundry with dryers (that don't burn your clothes.)

coop52
August 18th, 2014, 20:51
I hang mine indoors when it rains, but I have a fan pointed at the hanging rack to make it dry faster. It definitely makes my little humidity pot thing get used up quicker. Just don't do a bunch at a time, and it should still be ok.

Libellule
August 19th, 2014, 16:04
Thanks for the tips everyone!

I guess the funky smell just must be how it smells here.

And coop, I will have to use that tip when winter comes, so thanks :)

coheeshosho
August 20th, 2014, 09:11
I recommend buying a dehumidifier. The elephant things are ok for closets but not for really changing the overall climate. They are about $200. Put one in the shower room and another one where you sleep if you can afford it.

ihatefall
August 21st, 2014, 10:03
Thanks for the tips everyone!

I guess the funky smell just must be how it smells here.

And coop, I will have to use that tip when winter comes, so thanks :)

I find that Japanese houses have a strange smell to them. I don't know what it is. I get used to it, but after a trip abroad I am reminded of it.

word
August 21st, 2014, 10:16
I find that Japanese houses have a strange smell to them. I don't know what it is. I get used to it, but after a trip abroad I am reminded of it.
Yeah, MG and I noticed this, too. Not sure if it's the tatami or the walls. It is very distinct, though.

coheeshosho
August 21st, 2014, 13:18
If you make coffee at home, leave the used coffee grounds out in the open for the entire day, everyday. It's amazing. It absorbs the smell.

sharpinthefang
August 21st, 2014, 20:13
Or leave half a lemon out for the day, that too absorbs bad smells

mothy
August 23rd, 2014, 08:38
I find that Japanese houses have a strange smell to them. I don't know what it is.
Death

word
August 24th, 2014, 16:53
DeathActually, that is a very distinct possibility. I'm pretty sure the former occupant of my place died in the guest bed. I usually don't tell any of my guests, though.

ihatefall
August 25th, 2014, 01:42
Actually, that is a very distinct possibility. I'm pretty sure the former occupant of my place died in the guest bed. I usually don't tell any of my guests, though.

Definitely never staying at your place!

uthinkimlost?
August 25th, 2014, 10:47
Definitely never staying at your place!

Protip:
Every inaka house has had at least 1 person die in it.

Every.
One.

word
August 25th, 2014, 10:59
Protip:
Every inaka house has had at least 1 person die in it.

Every.
One.

word

Probably two in mine, at least, but given that part of it is well over 100 years old... I'd be surprised if the number isn't actually much higher.

mothy
August 25th, 2014, 11:37
That's a nice thing about moving into a new building. With any luck I'll be the first to die in mine.