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Home Keeping Tips for Monsoon

With the advent of rain, increased dampness, wet floors, mud marks and soiled rugs and carpets become difficult to manage, making home keeping more involved. One of the first things that one should do once rain sets in is to roll up all expensive carpets and keep them away. Wet shoes, dripping umbrellas and high humidity can soil carpets and rugs, making it difficult to clean and maintain them. This is also a good time to remove all expensive floor level artefacts as well.

Housekeeping is a challenge in damp and humid conditions and even if you have waterproofed your home effectively, you still want to take precautions to safeguard your interiors and modify your décor to make it more viable for the rainy season. Remove plants that require less water and keep them in the shade or in balconies where they are protected from heavy rain. Ensure that sufficient drainage in pots is maintained so that water does not collect and ruin the plants.

Keep an eye open for damp spots on walls which can damage wall art, prized decorative objects, fabrics and furnishings. It is a good idea to check on valuable artwork and look for moisture spots and mould on oil paintings and watercolours. An oil painting, if has been varnished when the pigments have not completely dried, can give rise to moisture spots, which can eventually result in the paint to fade and discolour. Similarly, a watercolour work may get discoloured and you may also be able to see dark spots on the mount or on the painting itself. Always, make it a point to check the back of all paintings for signs of damage. Warm, humid conditions can be damaging to valuable paintings, and restoring artworks can be quite expensive, it therefore makes more sense to take precautions and protect your investment.

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It is also a good idea to keep furniture and other objects a few inches away from the walls and to use a protective inexpensive cover on them to minimize any stains and soiling that may occur. For all those fond of playing musical instruments, you may want to take a look at how you store these instruments during the rainy season. A climate controlled storage unit is ideal. Stringed instruments in particular are susceptible to warping in humid conditions and as a precaution you may want to slightly loosen the strings, when not in use.

Pests and termites are also common during the monsoon, so it is important to take necessary precautions and ensure that pest control measures are in place and that there is no permanent harm to the structure of the construction. Termites in particular can result in irreparable destruction and it is wiser to be alert to the problem and not let it take root.

In addition, damp conditions may cause algae and mould to grow on tiles and wet surfaces and these have to be cleaned regularly for health, hygiene and aesthetic reasons. Not all cleaning agents are efficient in removing stubborn dirt and algae, whereas Roff Cera Clean is a high-quality rapid active cleaner and degreasing solution that works effectively on tiles, bathtubs, wash basins, privy basins, concrete and other surfaces.

About Nalini Malaviya

Nalini Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, writer and blogger. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Bangalore Mirror. Nalini writes primarily on art (visual arts, performance, photography, etc) and also on health and lifestyle. She contributes to Times of India, Deccan Herald and several other publications including art magazines and catalogs. An occasional fiction writer, Nalini has published short stories as part of various anthologies, such as, The Shrinking Woman, The Curse of the Bird and Bhelpuri. She publishes www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, guides, and articles on buying and collecting art and on displaying art in interiors. The website functions as an artist resource and also promotes artists. Nalini curates art exhibitions and conducts classes on art appreciation and writing. She also teaches arts management and marketing for artists through workshops. Currently, she contributes to the experts section on corporate blogs on interiors and lifestyle.

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