Monsoon is the season to curl up in your bed for the extra 15 minutes or just cozy up on your sofa with a steaming cup of tea. It is the season to spend in the kitchen, cooking up warm meals and pakodas for the ones you love. While the weather is perfect to stay dry in the comfort of your home, is your furniture really safe from something from the ever-dreaded monsoon?
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For instance, wooden furniture and fittings take a beating during the monsoons. They can get badly damaged if you don’t care for them. Keeping this in mind, we have put together some simple tips for you to keep your furniture and fittings in good shape and ensure you have fewer things to worry about during the monsoons.
Tip 1: Maintain Distance
Walls tend to get damp during the monsoon and might transfer this moisture to the surface of the furniture. Avoid this by moving your sofas, wardrobes, cupboards, and the like about six inches away from the wall. Also while you’re at it make sure your wooden furniture is kept away from the window. This will reduce the amount of moisture it attracts, keep the wood dry, and not infringe much on your interior décor
Tip 2: Ventilation is your best friend
Focus on ensuring your interiors are well ventilated. This will allow the flow of air, reduce the amount of humidity that collects on the furniture and other things, and keep things dry. We all know what humidity does to us. It is equally damaging for your wooden furniture. You could also use a dehumidifier to get rid of the moisture in the room and say goodbye to moulds on wood.
Tip 3: Mind the edges
The edges and cross-sections in wooden furniture and fittings attract moisture, mold and humidity. It is good idea, therefore, to coat and seal them with lacquer, sealants or any other protective coatings. This will ensure that moisture doesn’t settle and cause it to mold.
Tip 4: Keep it dry
Generally, we tend to use a damp piece of cloth to clean things. During the monsoon season, this is not advisable. It only adds to the humidity and hurts wooden furniture. During this season more than any other, use a dry and clean cloth to wipe down your wooden things.
Tip 5: Focus on Maintenance rather than Renovating
During this season, it’s a bad idea to renovate things. Carpentry, painting, and building are most effective when there is no moisture in the air. The monsoons are a time for smart, simple, and effective maintenance of furniture.
Tip 6: Oiling and Waxing
Ever wondered if your door expanded during monsoons? That’s just moisture absorption. This is what causes drawers and doors to get stuck while opening or closing them. It is damaging. Avoid this and keep things fresh by oiling or waxing the furniture. Go for spray on solutions. They are convenient and very effective.
Tip 7: Try Moisture Absorbents
Camphor or naphthalene balls are timeless solutions for keeping things dry. Use them generously. They will keep your wardrobes and shelves pest-free. Neem leaves and cloves are natural remedies that offer the same solution.
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to keep moisture from wreaking havoc with the wooden things in your home. This monsoon give your furniture the love and care it deserves. Keep your furniture as young as the day you bought it. Happy monsoon months!