Monsoon is a season for utmost maintenance and not enhancements. Make sure not to undertake any house renovation or beautification projects during this season, especially the ones that involve wood. This is the basic rule of home decor.
During rains, one of the most concerning problem around the house occurs when your woodwork like floors, doors, cupboards, and windows absorb all that moisture present in the air and swell up. Many times doors refuse to shut properly, windows get stuck or if opened, won’t shut and in general all wood work in the house tends to start throwing tantrums.
However, to escape such problems, try these quick-fix monsoon tips for maintenance of your home interiors.
- Do-it-yourself remedies for woodwork
All wooden furniture need an extra coating polish to retain their luster and lifespan. Wrought-iron furniture requires a coat of anti-rust paint on them before the rains. You can also try non-scented hair oil on the furniture to protect it from rusting. . Avoid placing furniture near the windows as any rain water dripping in through them can be damaging.
- Say goodbye to termites
These are a major problem wherever there is water leakage and/ or high humidity. They would require professionals to do a really complete job. Do check the whole house for any signs of termite infestation, which tends to increase during the rainy season.
- Hardwood & Tiled floors need maintenance
Make sure they are free from moisture. Wax them to protect them, as the moisture content in hardwood floors tends to make them warp. Tile joints in bathrooms should be checked and kept sealed, especially in apartment complexes.
- TLC for carpets and rugs
Carpets, especially wall-to-wall carpets, need to be vacuumed regularly with cleaners that will take away not only the dirt but also the moisture that seeps into the fibre. A good carpet cleaner will also keep them from smelling musty. Rugs should be rolled up during the rainy season; they just get dirty if you use them. If you wrap them properly in polyethylene sheets, they will be safe from both water damage and insect infestation.
- Ventilate your home
Make sure there is enough cross-ventilation and fresh air coming into your home, otherwise the humidity levels will lead to a general feeling of dampness.
- Cleanliness is a must
Keeping your home clean can prevent mildew by ensuring the moisture content in the air is as low as possible. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are a good way to reduce the humidity levels inside a home. The best way to protect upholstery and rugs is exposing them to sunlight; a good sunning prevents moisture-related problems.