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Healthy home does not come for free

THE ASIAN AGE. | PRATYUSHA CHATTERJEE
Published : Jun 28, 2019, 1:40 am IST
Updated : Jun 28, 2019, 1:40 am IST

Furniture maintenance during monsoons may seem like a hefty job.

Where on one hand, Delhiites are delighted to the core, the season can do as much harm as good it does.
 Where on one hand, Delhiites are delighted to the core, the season can do as much harm as good it does.

After a prolonged blistering summer, it has been predicted that monsoon is just around the corner. Where on one hand, Delhiites are delighted to the core, the season can do as much harm as good it does. While the monsoons bring a sigh of relief to every soul, the furniture in our homes may not be much happy about the upcoming damp season. The monsoons are almost always a much wanted respite from the sultry summer heat, but they also bring with them their own set of issues. For instance, the rains and the humidity can create difficulty in maintaining the furniture health, making them look unsightly or probably even ruining them. Interior gives us some simple tips to keep these monsoon blues away.

Use a little distance
Walls get damp during the monsoon and transfer its moisture to the surface of the furniture hampering the wooden exterior and interior.  Avoid this by moving your furniture away from the wall. This will reduce the amount of moisture it attracts and keep the furniture dry.

Ventilation is important
 Ensure that your interiors are well ventilated. The free passage of air reduces the amount of humidity that collects on the furniture and keeps them dry. Though this is not possible at all times, make sure that you give enough time every day to breath.

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Avoid wet clothes
 Avoid using wet clothes to clean furniture. Instead of a wet cloth, use a gentle, dry cloth to avoid dust accumulation. Dust absorbs moisture which may result in softening of the furniture over time.

Don’t get too close to the windows
Imagine keeping a lamp next to the window. During the evenings it can do wonder to your house’s interiors. But the furniture won’t last long or rather it’s look won’t last long if the same is kept near to the window during the monsoons as well.  Try to keep your furniture is away from the windows. Your painted furniture can fade due to the moisture seeping through the windows.

Maintenance instead of renovation

 During this season, it’s a bad idea to start with any renovation. Buildings, painting and carpentry are most effective when there is no moisture in the air. The Monsoon is rather a time for providing some TLC and maintenance to your furniture.

These tips are not only useful for protecting your furnitures during the monsoons, but they can save your interior safe from dampened walls.

– Inputs by Designer Punam Kalra, Director of I’m the Centre of Applied Arts

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