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Home care tips for Monsoons
The Monsoon season goes on for about few months in this country, so one needs to keep his dwelling place well prepared to brave the downpour. It doesn’t matter if the place experiences just a slight drizzle or an infuriating storm, here are few ground rules about home décor that need to be followed.
While you wallow in the relief from that soaring temperature of the summers, keep an eye what those almost cathartic showers of the Monsoon will do to your house.
Home renovation for Monsoons
Any major renovation, repair and, interior designing work should be done before or after the Monsoon season for obvious reasons. Don't go for a short-term 'Gap- repair' treatment. If you are dealing with seepage and cracks, get to the root of it.
• Check for the gaps in between tiles. Seal them properly, especially in bathroom.
• Check for the flaking of pain of the walls. Use a good quality, water-resistant, silicon-containing paint. Re-do the paint once in every four years.
• Only in extreme cases should you go for temporary fix like Plaster of Paris (POP) to treat the faults in the infrastructure.
Windows for Monsoons
• There is no way those heavy, stuffy curtains will stand a chance against the kind of climate Monsoon has. Change to more practical, sheer, light ones which sunlight to filter through instead of completely keeping it out. There is another option of blinds for the windows, if it is not too formal for your interiors.
• Use some extra bucks and go for rain-resistant glass which has a Rain Track which keeps the water out. Check the window sill if needed for any leakage.
Ventilation for home in Monsoons
Too much humidity in the air? The culprit is probably poor ventilation.
• Ensure there is enough cross- ventilation. This is your home, not a prison cell. Let in some air.
• Use dehumidifying feature of your air- conditioner. After all, you paid for it.
• That expensive, intricate, lush carpet is only adding to the musty smell in your house. Clean it thoroughly, and pack it in a plastic for few months.
• All indoor plants should be relocated outside the home.
• Use of things like chalk is quite common to absorb excess moisture in storage areas.
Pest Control in Monsoon seasons
• Here is a super easy way to deal with silverfish is keeping Neem leaves in your cupboards.
• Regular use of pesticides and insecticides go a long way in protecting your clothes, books etc from any damage in the rainy season.
• You probably already know about the use of Camphor to keep moisture at bay.
Electrical system care in the rainy season
I can't emphasis enough how important this particular aspect is. This is something you should regularly whole year long, not just in the rains.
• Don't be so cocky. Get a trained professional to check all your electrical grounding system. There are some things better left to the experts.
• Ensure that all the sockets are at proper places and in working conditions, with no sign of damage whatsoever.
• Invest in good quality insulating materials, wires, separate fuses, properly covered joints, unless you like getting electrocuted that is.
Color palette for Monsoon season
Warm tones like Ochre, Yellow, and Orange are really uplifting. They are just what you need for that extra bit of ardor, since Monsoon days tend to be quite lazy and slow-paced. You don't need to spend too much for this. The color code of a room can be easily changed with lamp shades, pillow covers, bed sheets, wall arts, and table cloths belonging to the same color family.
House fittings care this Monsoon
Time for the most ignored part of a house. Most of the furniture, especially the wooden ones, needs to be protected from wetness.
• You can use protective coat for your house-fittings to prevent pest infestations and mildew.
• Nothing too messy. Just a polish and a coat of touchwood would do fine. It will solve the problem of wooden furniture becoming wrap in the rainy seasons.
So now you know how to take care of your 'Home Sweet Home' even as it braves the downpours. As the old adage go, prevention is better than cure. Failure to do so would definitely have you cringing at the sight of the entire REPAIR bill that you would get later on.
Enjoy your Monsoons.
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