We got a dehumidifer to help with the bedroom humidity (the worst room, though no one has found the cause) and the humidifer molded inside. This week I removed the floorboards on one side of the apartment to vacuum out some dust, and discovered - of course - more freaking mold. This isn't even a wall with windows. Which brings me to the German anti-mold rules which I find so annoying to live with.
|Directions for airing out your apartment.|
|Our ventilation options: not as pretty as in the instructions.|
2. Thou shalt not put anything at all against any wall that has a window in it. When you have a tiny apartment it's a real pain in the ass to have a entire wall unusable for furniture or storage. Or I guess for those of you with windows all around, all your walls are unusable. Or are these just rules they tell idiot foreigners?
3. Thou shalt not kip your windows. If you do, moisture collects in weird places around the window and mold grows. Why do windows have a kip feature if you're not supposed to use it? Although the airing-out instructions I show here say kipping works, we have been personally advised not to do it by the Hausverwaltung.
4. Thou shalt constantly check every crevice of your apartment to stop the mold that is inevitably going to grow anyway despite taking all the above steps. The ceilings. The sills. Behind every piece of furniture. Under the floorboards. Hell, it might be slowly destroying your health to not tear off the wallpaper and flooring every single year, because it's probably under there too.
5. Thou shalt be blamed if you have mold. It's not the fault of the building you live in or where it is. It's your fault for not keeping it dry enough inside.
My apartment's all torn up the moment trying to deal with said under-floorboard mold. I can only do one wall at a time because there's nowhere to put the furniture if I have to pull it away from all of them at once. It's growing on the wallpaper behind the floorboards. I plan to add some anti-mold protection crap (whatever sick chemical that is), but really, it's just going to come back as long as we have wallpaper. Which makes me wonder: why isn't there a no-wallpaper rule? Isn't that just begging for mold, too? Yet nearly every German apartment is covered in this standard-issue bumpy wallpaper.
Damn you, mold!