KEEP YOUR HOME MONSOON-READY
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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.