Monsoon is lovely for a million reasons. Everyone yearns for a dry, warm home to enjoy the wet weather. However, the torrential downpour brings with it all sorts of inconveniences like slushy roads, damp walls, stale air, mould and fungus. Our blog is a perfect compilation of the dos and dont's to follow to keep your home dry, clean, and damage-free this monsoon season.
Let's get on with the details.
5 Dos To Keep Your House Dry During Rainy Weather
1. Do prioritise cross ventilation
Mould and fungus love the damp, moist air that's common during the rainy season. So, do not hesitate to throw open the windows to allow optimum cross ventilation inside the house. Apart from letting in the fresh air, cross ventilation has some more benefits:
- It protects wall damage from condensation
- It regulates humidity levels
- It keeps out the musty smell
An excellent way to keep the room fresh is to air it frequently and to use air deodorisers to reduce the stench.
2. Do leave shoes and bags outside the house.
Taking wet shoes into your house filled with mud and slush is a nightmare! It would take a good chunk of your precious time to get the place cleaned up and dry. And there's always the risk of your family and friends walking into your home with wet shoes and bags. To prevent this nightmare, install a shoe and bag rack next to your main door. Include a couple of stands for wet umbrellas and raincoats too. Your home will remain spotless while these belongings remain outside to dry.
3. Do use disinfectants to clean your home.
Damp floors are ideal breeding grounds for microbes, bacteria and mildew. Using a disinfectant to clean a wet floor will prevent mildew and bacteria from growing. Use a fan to speed up the drying process or clean the floor when everyone at home is asleep to allow the floor to dry faster.
4. Do take extra care of pet hygiene.
Rain or shine, you will have to take your pet out for their morning and evening walks. Whether on a leash or not, you can expect them to end up with dirty paws and damp underbellies. An ideal solution is to have a couple of towels or wet wipes to dry them before letting them back inside the house. You wouldn't want your pet to feel damp and uncomfortable, right?
5. Do provide laundry baskets.
Keep laundry baskets in changing rooms and bathrooms to encourage family members to change their wet clothes as soon as they enter the house. Do not leave wet clothes lying around. They will not only make the place look messy, but wet clothes can also easily pick up dirt and stain-leaving materials from the floor, which can be pretty tough to remove.
Now that we have seen the "to-do" list let's examine what we shouldn't do.
5 Don'ts To Ensure A Clean and Dry Home During the Rainy Season
1. Don't allow insects to breed
Monsoon is synonymous with mosquito menace. The humidity and availability of water create the perfect environment for these pesky insects to breed in millions. And it's not only mosquitoes that love the monsoon season. The climatic change is ideal for earthworms, centipedes, millipedes, termites, and a host of creepy crawlies that love to inhabit the crevices and cracks in your home. Many of these insects, however, are harmless, but some can ruin furniture and spread disease. To keep these uninvited "guests" out of your home, you can:
- Implement pest control measures before monsoon intensifies
- Install mosquito nets on doors and windows to keep out all bugs
- Keep the bathroom dry
- Cover all drainage outlets to prevent earthworms and other creatures
- Treat all wooden furniture and woodwork with anti-termite solutions
2. Don't use carpets and rugs
Carpets are not for rainy seasons. Hence it is best to roll them up and store them in a dry place. Damp carpets can be tough to clean and won't dry as quickly as in summer. Aside from that, dampness can cause mould growth on carpets and give off an unpleasant smell.
3. Don't allow water stagnation on floors
Wet floors are a perfect recipe for bruised backs and sprained ankles. When it pours, your children and pets will want to dance and play in the rain. Besides, family members may come home completely wet from head to toe. Here's what you can do to prevent such mishaps:
- Place absorbent, heavy-duty doormats at the entrance to your home
- Place coat racks and umbrella stands to keep all wet materials outside
- Mop up wet floors immediately and ensure they are completely dry
4. Don't allow fungus and mould growth on walls
Look carefully in your bathrooms or basements. Do you see blackish growth on the walls? What you see is mould, a toxic, gross-looking fungus that thrives on humidity and moisture. Moulds and fungus on walls are best left to experts from house cleaning services. To remove moulds from shower curtains and walls by yourself, you can use the following chemicals:
- Borax and vinegar
Try to keep your basement and bathroom well-ventilated. Proper airflow and a bit of sunshine will discourage mould growth.
5. Don't forget to treat your walls for dampness prevention
Do you notice wet patches on your walls? They indicate water seepage through cracks in your walls or plumbing. You must act immediately when you see these damp patches. You can use:
- Sealants, grout or wall putty to seal up cracked pipes and walls
- Waterproof paint or coating on the exterior of your building
- Damp-proof impervious material built into your walls
- Water-resistant silicone paint for interior walls
How to Properly Store Items During Monsoon
In addition to maintaining your home, you should also take care of your food and wardrobe during the rainy season. To store clothes properly in winter, you should:
- Dry clothes in well-ventilated spaces and store them in cupboards that are damp-free
- Use naphthalene balls, silica gel and other eco-friendly insect repellents to prevent bugs from nestling inside your clothes
- Use newspaper rolls and cloth bags to remove any additional moisture from your clothes
Rain can also spoil the quality of your food. However, you can't allow food materials to go to waste. So, you should:
- Store biscuits and chips in airtight containers
- Use tissue paper to ensure your snack items remain crispy and fresh
- Dry grains and legumes in the hot sun well before monsoon commences
- Use camphor tablets to ward off insects from rice containers
- Wrap vegetables in newspaper to soak up excess moisture
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