This is the continuation of yesterday’s post entitled First attempt at plumbing FAIL!!! and what I did with the items that got soaked. The trickiest one of which was the leather boxes from Friven which were storage and table space.
Most of the items were easy to wipe off and then lay out on absorbent towels/matting.
My main problem was the leather boxes doubled as tables and storage. I was sure that the glue would be come undone and that if I didn’t get it try it would get moldy (a consistent problem in places like Indonesia and the Philippines due to the high humidity all year round) I had some dehumidifier packets so I placed 3 underneath each box. It was all I had and the next day they were all transformed to gel already, which means they already absorbed the maximum they could.
The smaller packets of dehumidifier (which you can hang in your closet too!)
When I went to ACE I found refills for the bigger dehumidifier and realized it’s so much cheaper to get a refill. So here is where the DIY came in.
- I placed newspapers on top of the towels
- Poured dehumidifier and spread it around evenly
- Placed another double layer of newspaper on top, then placed the box on top
Next day it would look like this. Repeat until the refills don’t turn to gel anymore
I’m not yet done with this process, but I surmise after this, I will try to glue it back together with my Scotch spray glue. I hope it works! Anyone else have suggestions for me? =) I would love to hear it!
Surprisingly I’ve talked about dehumidifiers with quite a few people…
- A friend who lives near one of the many open canal here in Jakarta has problems with her closets getting moldy
- A friend in the Philippines who hangs here bags on a bag tree got molds on her bags (click here to see my bag storage recommendation for her)
- With another Jakartan who uses air-fresheners in her closet, but still has a problem with smell
1) Bagus brand dehumidifier 2) sealed with a foil cover 3) bead on top and hollow in the bottom 4) When you are ready to use it, just pop the cover open and peel the foil cover off. DO NOT remove the white paper/cloth-like cover so that the beads inside do not spill and to avoid accidental ingestion by pets/dogs 5) Once you’ve placed one in each closet, under the sink, in your kitchen, etc., check regularly to see if if the liquid inside has reached the maximum point (arrow). Replace with a new one. (Click here to see how a used one looks like)
I always keep an extra set under the guest bathroom sink. This is what it looks like (with one open dehumidifier))
I wasn’t able to fully dry out the box bottoms, so I ended up removing the bottom velvet panel and cardboard and just replacing it with a new one. I think my mistake was I should have turned the box upside down, then placing the layer of paper-dehumidifier-paper sandwhich on top, so as to give it more room to breath.
I hope you find it useful. Let me leave you with some clever uses for Silica Gel…
- Use in underwater camera casings
- Toss them in your toolbox to keep your tools free of oxidation
- Dry out a wet cell phone
- Extend the life of razor blades
- Fight camera condensation
- Create a dry travel bag