Fed up with condensation on your windows and walls? Damp Clear Moisture Trap review
With condensation on your windows and walls, it becomes a daily battle to keep them clean, dry and moisture-free.
If your window frames are wet, you already know what’s involved – and you’re probably keen to find the answer.
Great, this Damp Clear Moisture Trap review is for you!
I remember staying at my gran’s house and seeing her wipe the windows with a cloth each morning to get rid of the condensation.
Years later, when I moved into my house, that daily ritual soon fell to the wayside and I let the condensation “happen”.
It was especially worse in the kitchen and bathroom due to the hot cooking and bath water temperatures.
If I opened the windows for ventilation, the change in temperature would cause a puddle of water on my window sill.
What causes condensation?
Air contains moisture. The amount of moisture it holds depends on the temperature – warm air retains more moisture than cold air.
when warm air comes into contact with cooler air or a cold surface, the warm air can no longer retain as much moisture, so the water’s released into the cold air or on to the cold surface.
That’s when you see the condensation.
What happens if you don’t wipe the condensation away?
Condensation’s the most common form of dampness found in both old and new-build houses. It’s caused by a lack of adequate ventilation – the more time we spend making our house energy-efficient with double-glazing and cavity wall insulation, the build-up of moisture and humidity levels increase.
However, if you leave condensation without wiping it away or without dealing with the underlying cause of dampness, ie better ventilation:
- wallpaper becomes mouldy, dis-coloured and peels off
- damp mildew patches appear on walls
- water droplets collect on window frames
- moisture attracting dirt appears on windows
- you breathe damp, humid air
- noticeable odour, mould and mildew
- deterioration of carpet or wood over time
Left untreated, condensation isn’t just unsightly but can also be dangerous – mould growth is potentially harmful and lead to serious health issues and breathing difficulties.
What’s the best way to get rid of dampness caused by condensation?
Unless you’d prefer the cost of a permanent solution to get rid of condensation, such as installing a condensation control unit to ventilate your house, here are a few short-term fixes:
- wipe the areas of condensation on a daily basis like my gran did – a task which can soon become a chore
- install an extractor fan in your kitchen and bathroom – that won’t necessarily reduce condensation, but it will help circulate airflow and reduce cooking odours
- use a dehumidifier – the drawback is that dehumidifiers are expensive, need emptying on a daily basis and can consume between 50 to 800 Watts, depending on which type you’re using
or you could choose the easiest, effective option:
- use Kilrock’s Damp Clear Moisture Trap – a rectangular tub of moisture retention crystals that protect against damp damage and requires no aftercare
I’ve been using Kilrock’s Damp Clear Moisture Trap for just over a month – scroll down to see the amazing results.
Kilrock Products Limited is a UK company based in Chesham, Buckinghamshire – tagline: “It’s the One that Works”.Specialising in industrial water treatments since the 1930s, Kilrock successfully diversified in the late 1980s. It now distributes over 40+ products (including Damp Clear Moisture Trap) across a number of core categories, sold by most of the UK’s top chain and independent stores.
“… we design, formulate, blend, fill, pack, sell and distribute a full range of specialist household problem-solving and cleaning products.” [source: http://www.kilrock.co.uk/about.asp]
What’s Damp Clear Moisture Trap and how does it work?
Damp Clear Moisture Trap is a sealed plastic container full of small, white calcium chloride crystals that remove excess moisture caused by condensation.
Calcium chloride is hygroscopic to attract and hold the water, collecting it in the base of the container.
After you’ve set up the container and poured in the crystals, it starts absorbing the condensation immediately – you need do nothing else until it needs replacing a few months later.
Depending on the level of condensation, the Damp Clear Moisture Trap lasts approximately three months. By which time, the container will be full of water and the crystals will have disappeared.
It’s easy enough to re-use the Moisture Trap container and replace the crystals with Kilrock’s Damp Clear refill sachets.
The benefits of using Damp Clear Moisture Trap
Compared to more expensive methods of getting rid of condensation (eg dehumidifiers), the Damp Clear Moisture Trap is very effective. I recently read a comment by a lady who bought four Damp Clear Moisture Traps (one for each room) for her son’s damp and musty flat. Within one week, the “smell had gone and so had the obvious odour”. In other words, Damp Clear did a job comparable to a dehumidifier without the cost and labour involved.
Compared to less expensive methods of getting rid of condensation (eg cheaper condensation traps costing about £1 to £2), Kilrock’s Damp Clear Moisture Trap’s still excellent value for money. In comparison, it contains over 10 x the amount of calcium chloride crystals and lasts for a few months rather than the cheaper version’s few weeks and yet it’s only £4 to £5!The Damp Clear Moisture Trap is:
- ideal for small or large rooms up to 20 square metres
- has a unique high air-flow design for fast moisture absorption, up to 45% more effective than similar products
- has 4-in-1 protection against damp damage, air quality, odours, mould and mildew
- created to control excess moisture and musty odours
- able to protect your wallpaper, fabric and furniture from the effects of moisture in the atmosphere
- easy to use and starts working immediately
- suitable for all areas if placed in a stable position, including caravans, boats, utility rooms, window sills, cellars, kitchens, wardrobes and cupboards
How to set up and use Damp Clear Moisture Trap
There’s a few steps involved in setting up Damp Clear Moisture Trap (basic instructions are on the side of the packaging), but once done, it’s a case of leaving it to do its job.
Here’s step-by-step pictures, showing how easy it is to set up:
What’s it like using Damp Clear to get rid of the condensation?
As I mentioned, my windows in the kitchen and bathroom often have condensation with water droplets collecting on the window sills.
Over the years, this has led to the old wooden window sills having a bit of mould trying to grow in the corners! Yes, gross… and how lazy of me for not dealing with this sooner.
I didn’t even know until recently that such a product as Damp Clear Moisture Trap existed to get rid of dampness caused by condensation. But, you’re right, I should still have been wiping away the condensation…
I’d only ever heard of using dehumidifiers which seemed a bit excessive (and expensive) for just a window, unless you’re renovating, plastering and painting, or drying the house from a flood or burst water pipe.
When I realised that Damp Clear was a cheaper alternative, I was keen to use it in my bathroom to get rid of all that condensation. I followed the instructions and quickly set it up ready to place on my bathroom window ledge.
Brilliant results when using Damp Clear Moisture Trap
I’d usually open the bathroom window each morning and notice water droplets of condensation on the window frame.
since using Damp Clear Moisture Trap, the window and window frame have been totally dry.
I’m very happy with the results and at just under £5 for a Moisture Trap including one refill sachet, it’s well worth the price.
Where can you buy Damp Clear Moisture Trap?
Damp Clear Moisture Trap averages between £4 to £5 (including one refill sachet) and the refill packs (2 x 500g sachets) cost about £4, whether you buy direct from Kilrock, or from other stockists such as Amazon, Wickes, Wilkinsons or Homebase.
They’re often discounted in sales, so it’s still worth comparing prices.
Note: this review is a general resource, not intended to be professional advice.
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