With the monsoon season finally upon us, everyone’s got a much-needed respite from the summer heat.
But the cosy, book-reading, coffee-drinking weather tends to spell disaster for the wooden furniture in our homes. If we aren’t careful, we could be dealing with mould, fungus, grime and even creepy crawlies, making their way into our homes. But, breathe easy. Furniture care in the monsoons doesn’t have to be the nightmare it’s made out to be. We’re here to share a few super simple tips to show you how to make your wooden furniture monsoon ready.
1. Keep it clean
The ground rule for caring for wood furniture is to keep it spic and span during the rainy season.
Dusty surfaces attract moisture, which in turn softens the finish on your furniture, causing it to look dull and lifeless. Regularly wipe down your wooden furniture with a dust-cloth and keep dust and moisture at bay.
2. Try to minimise the dampness
No matter how aesthetically pleasing carpets, rugs and heavy curtains may be, they attract dampness and humidity like a moth to a flame. Do yourself a favour and roll up your rugs and carpets for the season and replace heavy curtains with lighter, airier ones, preferably in pastel shades.
Not only will this brighten up your home during the dull monsoon weather, but it will also limit the humidity factor. Consider investing in a dehumidifier, which will help to control the moisture levels in your home and aid your crusade for wood furniture care.
3. Applying oil or varnish it up
One of the most important tips for care of wood furniture is to lubricate, lubricate, lubricate! Excessive moisture causes wooden drawers and doors to swell during the rains.