10 Effective Tips for Maintaining Wooden Artifacts during Monsoons
Monsoon is just around the corner and however relieving it is for the dried lands, the pests and the bugs tend to crawl their way inside our houses during this season. The basement gets flooded; leaks begin to appear on the walls and among other things, the wooden furniture starts degrading, if not taken care of.
Wooden items such as doors, floors, windows and cupboards soak the moisture and swell up eventually during monsoon and it is a common plight. Often it happens that doors don’t shut properly or windows make a creaky sound. It’s owing to the swelling that you can't latch them both. The framework of wooden cupboard starts showcasing tantrums better than the crockery itself.
It is essentially important to ensure the safety of your precious wooden items. You really don’t want them to end up all fluffy and swollen once the rains recede.
We've enlisted 10 effective tips for maintaining wooden artifacts during monsoons that will guarantee well being of their state, and will allow you to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in your favorite armchair while enjoying the sound of the rain.
#1 Renovating during monsoons, not a cool idea
Speaking in context of wood, the season of monsoon is more of maintenance than enhancement. That means you have to not take any beautification or house renovation projects during monsoon.
You might not realize but the painting and polishing during rainy season can severely affect and damage the outer surface of the wooden artifact. If you reckon your woods are in need of some refurnishing, it is advisable to do it either pre monsoon or post it.
#2 Water and wood don’t get along during monsoon
Well obviously, water is the basic element when cleaning the entire house – furniture included. The implication of “water” in this scenario is with the moisture. Moisture filled spaces and areas with surfeit dampness are harmful for any wooden artifact.
Do not forget to shift away any wooden item away from such places. For instance, droplets of rain drip from window sill continuously, you might as well want to move away the sofa settee from there for the time being.
Also, if you’ve a room for some special wooden artifacts then make sure it has a cross ventilation system and it’s dry during rainy days.
#3 Prevention is better than cure
Whoever said this must have cared about woods. See, the thing about wooden artifacts that keeps them intact and together is their bondage (Quite obvious, eh?). During monsoon, de-bonding due to moisture degrades the quality of the wooden product.
Use of water resistant glue and materials during the construction and upkeep of the woodwork is recommendable, and again it has to be done prior to the monsoon. Doing so will safeguard the furniture from detaching if exposed to water.
#4 Always use a dry and soft cloth to wipe off the dirt
“Cleaning is caring!”A quote well said, but at the same time, using a damp cloth for cleaning the wooden artifacts or furniture per se is not advisable during monsoon. Similarly, moisture is attracted by dust and not only can it build up but can also soften the finish on one’s artifacts. In order to clean the dust accumulation, you can always use soft and dry piece of cloth.
#5 Laminated products require special care
You don’t have to equip yourself with heavy machinery, for maintaining laminates is really simple. Shutter, door, cupboards, tables or study desk can be easily cleaned with a mixture of soap and water. This will remove dirt marks, and will make the product look bright and clean. After cleansing the artifact ensure wiping off the water droplets so that the moisture doesn’t create any havoc on your beloved wooden piece.
#6 De-humidifier is a smart choice
Some of us like to cherish old treasures, for they have unprecedented sentimental values. That can include grandfather’s chair, mother’s coffee table among many other things. As the wood ages, it becomes prone to gather fungus and mildew; the maintenance has to be nothing but top notch.
Keeping a de-humidifier for those antiques is relatively smart. A de-humidifier will eradicate the moisture in the room (ultimately will keep your furniture fungus-free) and ensure the prolongation of its beauty.
#7 Keep the wardrobes away from the walls
Remember the damps we discussed? The damps on walls lead to absorption of moisture by the cupboards and wardrobes. You don’t want that, do you? To avoid such situations place them a few inches away from the wall.
#8 Naphthalene balls soak up the dampness efficiently
Make a habit on long run basis to keep a few naphthalene balls in the wardrobe. They and camphor are known for soaking up the dampness. In addition to these measures keep a regular check on pests and termites, don’t let them form a colony.
#9 Regular oiling keeps away the moisture
Before the monsoon hits your area, feed your wooden artifacts with constant oiling, greasing (if required) or waxing. These measures safeguard the furniture and other equities from absorbing moisture.
#10 Direct sunlight is not good for woods either
Placing the wooden furniture in direct sunlight or near high temperature can adversely degrade the quality of the wood. We recommend using blinds, shades or UV window protection in order to keep the sun from directly glaring on the wooden artifacts.
Because of the extensive moisture or humidity the wood expands significantly. Simultaneously the adjoining boards press against each other. Often this pressure is increased marginally and it can cause the affected boards to lose their structural integrity, de-bond and ultimately crack.
In order to avoid cupping, keep indoor humidity level in your house or work place within 45-60 per cent range. The maximum range of indoor humidity shouldn’t range over 65 per cent in any case. Maintain optimal humidity levels by either turning on the air conditioner at suitable temperature and mode respectively or by using dehumidifier when needed.