Your guide to all-round home repairs and maintenance to prepare for the annual monsoon showers.
After months of the scorching heat and dreadful summers, the first splash of monsoons comes as a sigh of relief. Cloudy skies, leaves dancing to the rhythm of rain, and the air filled with a dewy petrichor. As much as we like snuggling into bed with our blankets and enjoy chillness of the rains with a hot cup of coffee and our favourite snacks monsoons can be a nightmare when it comes to home maintenance and repairs.
When it comes to maintaining your home’s interiors and exteriors the monsoons are far from dreamy or glamorous.
It can be a daunting task to keep your home clean and dry with constant dampness all around.
So, to make your life easy this monsoon season we have curated a complete home maintenance checklist to keep your space fresh and dry this year.
How To Take Care Of Your Wooden Doors, Flooring, Furniture And Accents
Wooden flooring, furniture and wall accents are some of the most popular trends in modern home interiors. While these design elements make your space look warm and inviting but wood is vulnerable to moisture. It swells up with moisture in the air and can ruin the look of your home’s interiors.
Here are a few quick tips to protect it:
- Varnish the wooden doors before the monsoons arrive. This will create a protective layer and save them from absorbing moisture.
- Keep your wooden floors dry and vacuum them at regular intervals.
- Opt for wax sealants for extra protection for your flooring.
- Applying a coat of polish or lacquer on wooden furniture and accents helps add an extra shine, making them look new and provides a good shield from moisture as well.
Make Sure To Repair All The Cracks And Leaks In Your Home For Monsoon Home Maintenance
Small cracks or leaks are bound to dampen your walls and bloat up painted or wallpapered walls. Hence, it’s important to check for any cracks, leaks or damages in advance before the monsoon starts.
Here are a few other monsoon home maintenance tips for cracks and leaks:
- Paint the exterior of your house with water-proof paint. This will prevent rainwater from seeping in and causing damp patches on the exterior and interiors of your home.
- Ensure that your roof-top drainage systems work smoothly to avoid damage to your flat terrace.
- Accumulation of water on the terrace can lead to seepage into your home, so it’s important to follow these maintenance tips for cracks and leaks before the monsoon.
Spread A Carpet On Your Floor To Avoid Slippery Floors
The foyer area or the entryway is one of the most vulnerable areas in the home during the monsoons. It houses all your dirty shoes, trench coats and wet umbrellas. It’s important to maintain this area during the monsoon to avoid mishaps.
Following are some great tips to follow to avoid a shabby and wet foyer:
- Include storage cabinets with open shelves. This allows your shoes to dry quickly.
- If you have closed shoe cabinets, make sure to use some camphor or neam leaves to keep the moisture and foul smell at bay.
- Use hooks to hang your wet raincoats and umbrellas. This allows the water to accumulate in a single bin and keeps the water from spreading across the entryway.
- Keep a large doormat. This will visitors to scrub away dust, dirt or mud that follows a monsoon shower.
- Keep a dry towel handy. This will help friends, folks and guests entering your home to pat themselves dry before getting in.
Maintaining Your Foyer And Entryway During Monsoon
The foyer area or the entryway is one of the most vulnerable areas during the monsoons. It houses all your dirty shoes, trench coats and wet umbrellas. So to avoid a shabby foyer area here is what you need to do:
- Include storage cabinets with open shelves for your shoes so they can dry quickly.
- Use hooks to hang your wet raincoats and umbrellas.
- If you have closed shoe cabinets make sure to use some camphor or neam leaves to keep the moisture and foul smell at bay.
- Always keep a large doormat to avoid dust, dirt and mud from entering your home.
- Keep a dry towel handy, so people entering your home can pat themselves dry before getting in.
Keeping Your Kitchen And Pantry Clean And Organised During The Monsoons
An unclean kitchen is a breeding ground for insects and pests, especially in the monsoons. So, it’s important to come up with a system for organising your kitchen regularly to keep your home free of pests and germs.
Here are some kitchen and pantry maintenance tips for the monsoon:
- Make sure to clean your sink after every meal and keep the drains unclogged.
- If you’re planning to renovate your kitchen, we suggest an aluminium modular kitchen. Unlike wood, this material is water-resistant and extremely easy to clean.
- Keep all your supplies in airtight containers and ensure there are no morsels of food on your kitchen counter.
- Use a natural disinfectant spray to keep cockroaches and other pests away.
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Protecting Your Balcony From Rainwater
Is the balcony one of your favourite spots where you have a smart bar unit, your home office setup or a comfortable seating area where you love to chill? If the answer to this is yes then we are sure, the monsoon is a dreadful time for you.
To make your life comfortable during this season and allow you to enjoy the rains without ruining your pretty patio, here is a simple home maintenance checklist for your balcony:
- Make sure the wall paint is of exterior grade and furniture is made from weather and water-resistant material.
- If you have designed a balcony with floor tiles, ensure you choose those with anti-skid properties.
- Install a glass shutter along the balcony wall. You can close them to protect the interiors from rainwater and open them to enjoy some breeze when you like.
Bookshelves Care To Avoid Unwanted Damage To Your Books During Monsoons
If you are a bibliophile and have a massive collection of books, protecting your bookshelf during monsoons has got to be on the top of your list of priorities. Moisture can cause irreversible damage to your precious books and once pages absorb moisture or get wet, the damage can be heartbreaking.
Here are a few monsoon home maintenance tips to keep your prized collection safe and looking brand new always:
- Naphthalene balls or book moisture absorbers are a great way to protect your books from foul smell and moisture.
- Post monsoon, don’t forget to air out your books or spread them out in sunlight for some time.
- If you own a wooden bookshelf, remember to use a coat of lacquer or polish it before the rains arrive.
Build An Indoor Game Setup For Your Kids To Help Them Avoid The Outdoors
Kids love playing in the rain and it is challenging to keep them indoors during the monsoon season. However, as a parent, you have to prevent them from going outside to protect them from diseases and your home from muddy water and dirt. To do so, you can keep your kids engaged at home by creating a fun indoor game setup. A climbing wall or wall-mounted basketball hoop can keep your kids entertained and physically active indoors!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re setting up an indoor game setup for your kids during the monsoon:
- Avoid a setup that will become damp easily.
- Don’t fit the indoor game setup completely against the wall. Make sure to keep some space to avoid any water leaks from damaging the gaming setup.
- Create a safe and entertaining haven for your kids with a variety of arcade and board games.
And before you go, don’t forget a few more pro home maintenance tips for the monsoon:
- Don’t forget to open your windows once in a while and let in the fresh air.
- Good ventilation is essential to keep your house fresh and dry.
- You can also use diffusers with aromatic essential oils and fresh flowers for some freshness in your home.
We hope this checklist will be useful to you. Now you can enjoy the beauty of monsoons without worrying about the damage the season can create to your home’s interiors.
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