Time runs fast and so do the seasons! The cold breeze starts kicking in, you feel the air getting cooler, dripping rain here and there and at the same time you notice that there are little spots growing in some parts of your house! What are these spots you ask? It’s kabi!
Kabi (カビ) is the Japanese word for mold. Kabi in Japan is actually very common and if you don’t tend to it soon, it can make quite a mess!
Kabi starts to form in areas like your bathroom, closet, corners of your bedroom, kitchen and even in your tatami. You’ll need to have a watchful eye when looking in these places!
Kabi is actually caused by temperature and humidity. During the summer months, especially in Japan, the high temperatures can cause humidity to reach peak levels.
The same goes for the rainy season or even in autumn and winter. Heat gets trapped inside the house even in the cold weather and creates a humid atmosphere. The problem with the cold season is that most people close everything in the house to keep themselves warm. This also means windows are not left open for room ventilation.
Luckily, there are methods for how to prevent it and also ways to get rid of it.
An inexpensive way of preventing kabi from forming is ventilation. Whether it be your bedroom, bathroom or kitchen, just leaving a window open can help you keep kabi away. And if you have extra time, wipe up water residue after you take a bath.
Using a disinfectant like Kabi Cleaner (カビクリーナー) is also an effective way of removing kabi by spraying it on the affected surface. You can also use vinegar as an alternative.
A Shikketori (湿気とり) or Humidity Packet also helps prevent kabi formation by absorbing moisture.
Whatever time of the year it may be, kabi can form in many areas if you are not careful about how you clean. Just remember to take precautions and immediate actions if you don’t want to have any kabi problems in your house!