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Ways to Rainproof Your Home

Besides your clothes and footwear, your home, too, needs special care during this rainy season. Everything from your furniture, upholstery, jewellery as well as gadgets and appliances are at risk of getting damaged due to moisture.

However, a little bit of care can help protect your belongings from this damage. Here's how...

Wardrobe and clothes
Getting your clothes to dry completely is a common issue that most households face. If the clothes are not sufficiently dry, they have a pungent odour thereafter, which is strong enough and lasts till the next wash. To keep your wardrobe moisture-free, place camphor balls as they help absorb moisture. If you do not keep your cupboard clean, fungus settles in and it starts smelling bad. Always remove stains with good cleaning materials. Try not to keep damp clothes in the cupboard. Air your clothes periodically.

Wooden furniture
Insects and termites can be a real nuisance during the rains. Using camphor balls, cloves or neem leaves are effective ways to get rid of them. If you are buying new furniture this season, opt for anti-fungal and termite-proof ones. Re-tighten the screws of your furniture, if necessary. If you are leaving home for a few weeks, cover them with plastic sheets to keep it dry.

Cleaning your furniture is very important. You can use glycerine or kerosene to protect it from humidity and temperature fluctuations. If your chair or table has a lot of stains or gets spoilt, try using acetone, as it dries fast. Use table mats or holders to protect your table top against hot, damp and coloured objects. Keep silica gel inside your cupboard to combat the moisture. If you are wiping wooden surfaces, make sure you use a dry cloth.

Shoe rack
Make sure that you clean your shoe cupboard periodically. Shoes have the tendency to absorb a lot of moisture and wearing wet ones can cause fungal infections. Fix in a low voltage bulb inside the shoe cupboard so that the heat emitted from it will absorb moisture.

Carpets and curtains
It is advisable to not use carpets during this season. Roll and store them away. However, if you really feel the need to use them, make sure that they are kept dry. Wipe your feet before you walk on the carpet. If your carpet gets soiled, make sure you first brush out all the mud and then wash it, as the mud might spread to the other parts when washing. 

Window curtains should be rolled and pinned, as wet curtains can let out a very strange smell and are extremely unhealthy, since it will bring moist air inside your house. Clean the curtains from time to time because a lot of dust particles might settle on them due to moisture in the air. On a sunny day, dry your rugs, carpets and curtains in the open to make them moisture-free.

Leather sofa covers
If you use leather regularly, make sure you use good quality leather. Clean the leather at least once in 15 days. Wipe them with a soft, dry cloth. Use a moisturizer to clean them, dip a piece of cotton in the solution and wipe them all over. Use dettol and water to clean leather covers once in a while to protect them from fungus.

Cash and other valuables
Wrap the money and valuables in cotton and store them in clean plastic bags. Silver jewellery tends to get discolored easily during monsoon; use butter paper to protect it. You can also use an abrasive liquid to clean it thereafter.

Gadgets and appliances
Protect your gadgets since they have printed circuit boards (PCBs) on them, which have copper tracks. If water enters the PCBs, they go into the locked mode and do not respond to users' commands properly. Gadgets are more likely to get affected when they are 'on' rather than 'off'. Use plastic covers to protect mobile phones, cameras and i-pods. In case of music system/speakers or computers, use large plastic sheets to keep them covered after operation.

Never operate switches with wet hands to avoid electric shocks. Switch off and unplug all your electronic devices after use. To prevent electrocution, check and recheck all the wiring in the house. Keep your home clean to prevent infections. If there are pots or vessels filled with water, change the water and refill them with clean water from time to time. (toi)



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