Tips by ​Interior Designer Punam Kalra, Director of I’m the Centre of Applied Arts on ‘How to maintain your furniture during the Monsoon

Kajol Vohra

The monsoons are almost always a much wanted respite from the sultry summer heat, but they also bring with them their own set of issues. For instance, the rains and the humidity can create difficulty in maintaining the furniture health, making them look unsightly or probably even ruining them. Interior Designer Punam Kalra, Director of I’m the Centre of Applied Arts, gives us some simple tips to keep these monsoon blues away.

  • Use a little distance– Walls get damp during the monsoon and transfer its moisture to the surface of the furniture. Avoid this by moving your furniture away from the wall. This will reduce the amount of moisture it attracts and keep the furniture dry.
  • Ventilation is important– Ensure that your interiors are well ventilated. The free passage of air reduces the amount of humidity that collects on the furniture and keeps them dry.
  • Avoid wet clothes– Avoid using wet clothes to clean furniture. Instead of a wet cloth, use a gentle, dry cloth to avoid dust accumulation. Dust absorbs moisture which may result in softening of the furniture over time.
  • Don’t get too close to the windows Try to keep your furniture is away from the windows. Your painted furniture can fade due to the moisture seeping through the windows.
  • Maintenance instead of renovation– During this season, it’s a bad idea to start with any renovation. Buildings, painting and carpentry are most effective when there is no moisture in the air. The Monsoon is rather a time for providing some TLC and maintenance to your furniture.