KEEP YOUR HOME MON­SOON-READY

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Woman's Era - - Short Story - By Muskan Ahuja

You might to­tally be in love with the mon­soon and the long spells of rains that ac­com­pany it, but mon­soon isn’t ex­actly your home’s best friend. The con­stant down­pour, seep­age, hu­mid­ity and sewage prob­lems can leave your house in a mess.

Here are a few tips to help your house fight the mon­soon blues be­fore the dark black clouds cre­ate havoc, so that you can have a de­light­ful mon­soon in­stead of one that makes you toil.

Keep damp­ness away

The most com­mon mis­take that peo­ple make is to shut the win­dows to keep the water out. While this might be an ex­cel­lent habit, it is ad­vis­able to open the win­dows at least once a day to let the sun­light in. It will keep hu­mid­ity and wet­ness at bay and keep your home fresh and lively.

Use um­brella stands

You sure don’t want water drip­ping all across your house. In such a sce­nario, it is con­ve­nient to place um­brella and rain­coat stands at the en­trance of your home. Guests and fam­ily mem­bers can leave their wet um­brel­las in th­ese stands and save you from all the clean­ing trou­ble later.

Say no to heavy drapes

Mon­soon is heavy drapes’ worst en­emy. Heavy cur­tains will take ages to dry off once they be­come wet. So, adorn your win­dows with light fab­rics like geor­gette and chif­fon in­stead, which help in get­ting rid of the pe­cu­liar mon­soon musty smell. Cot­ton cur­tains with light lace not only look adorable, but fa­cil­i­tate proper ven­ti­la­tion too.

Re­place your floor clean­ing agents

Mon­soons are the fes­tive sea­son for pests, bugs and other an­i­mals that not only de­stroy fur­ni­ture and clothes, but carry a host of dis­eases with them too. Con­sider re­plac­ing your usual floor clean­ing agents with ones that are spe­cially de­signed to keep bugs and in­sects away. Also, dry mop your floor in­stead to keep the damp­ness away.

Add a dash of colour to your house

The dark murky sky and the grey evenings al­ready add enough melan­choly to the at­mos­phere; you would not want your grey and black in­te­ri­ors to heighten the lugubri­ous­ness fur­ther. Keep your home peppy and perky with bright coloured hues. Add flam­boy­ant cush­ions, bed­sheets and rugs to brighten up your house and your mood. Cheerful colours like coral and yel­low are per­fect for the oc­ca­sion.

Take care of your fur­ni­ture

Fur­ni­ture and wooden fin­ishes in your house ab­so­lutely dread mon­soon. They can get musty or dam­aged due to fun­gus or ter­mite in­fes­ta­tion. It is strongly rec­om­mended that you use cam­phor balls, neem tree leaves, cloves and the like in your cup­boards to erad­i­cate the damp­ness and keep your pre­cious stuff safe.

Avoid us­ing rugs

The ex­cess mois­ture in the air can ruin your ex­pen­sive carpets and rugs. To pre­vent any such dam­age, store away your carpets for the mon­soon. Re­mem­ber to roll them and not fold them while stor­ing to keep mois­ture and damp­ness in check. You can go for beau­ti­ful al­ter­na­tives like cot­ton carpets or dhur­ries which dry up quickly and hence are safe from dam­age and fun­gus.

Move your out­door fur­ni­ture and plants

Plants that do not re­quire ex­cess water as well as out­door fur­ni­ture might not be able to tol­er­ate a heavy rain shower. It is thus pru­dent to move them into the porch or a cov­ered area.

Get rid of loose wires

Get an elec­tri­cian to check all wires and switches in the house, so that he can fix any loose or unat­tended wires. Water leak­ages dur­ing the mon­soon can cause a fa­tal short cir­cuit and even­tu­ally spark fires.

Keep your drains mon­soon-ready

Un­clog your drains ev­ery week; else the mon­soon water will be prac­ti­cally all over the house. Blocked drains not only pro­mote foul smell and damp­ness but also breed in­sects which can cause se­ri­ous health prob­lems.

Pre­ven­tion is bet­ter than cure. So make sure that you fol­low th­ese tips and im­ple­ment them timely so that you can have a stress-free and en­joy­able mon­soon.

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