Here’s how you can take care of your prized wooden furniture this monsoon season

The rains are back in India. Along with its enchanting fragrances and spellbinding beauty, it has also brought back risks that may affect your precious wooden furniture and embellishments.

The dampness in the air affects the health of your indoor furniture while the constant exposure of outdoor furniture to moisture calls for an extra care. However, these weather conditions should not hold you back from bringing global trends to your home. What if we told you that you can get the rustic kitchen you always wanted to adapt for your kitchen and the retro-contemporary touch you wished to give to your living room without worrying about your high-quality wooden furniture?

Here’s how you can adapt the recent interior designing trends and protect the furniture from the dark clouds of monsoon.

Minimize moisture, minimize damage

The moisture quotient, when combined with the constant downpour, might cause permanent damage to the wood. To prevent this indoors, one can avoid using a damp cloth to clean the wooden furniture and adjust the humidity levels in an enclosed space with a dehumidifier. The corners and edges also attract a lot of moisture; to prevent the same, they can be covered with sealants or lacquer.

Let your furniture breathe fresh air

During the rains, it’s highly advisable to keep all the windows and doors closed to avoid the water from seeping in. Avoid direct contact with moisture by keeping them away from walls, however, when the dark clouds go away, one can let some fresh air come inside. The sunlight and fresh air dries up the wood and lets the humidity escape the room naturally, ensuring the prevention of molds, fungus, etc.

Turn towards simple home remedies

Sometimes, the solution is in your home. To keep your wooden furniture dry, you can place camphor or naphthalene balls near them. You can also opt for neem leaves or cloves in a bowl that does the trick.

Create a sealant schedule for outdoor woodwork

Wooden structures like pergolas, gazebos, decking, garden furniture, etc. add a beautiful touch to the extended space of a home. In order to keep them away from decay, rot, natural termite, one needs to create a sealant schedule for them. By bearing in mind the weather around the year and possible climatic changes, carefully plan when the wooden furniture/structures would need a coat of sealants to stay durable for a long time.

The trend of using natural wood in making furniture and outdoor woodwork is timeless. One can enhance the life of their furniture during monsoons by either taking precautionary measures or investing in furniture/structures that are created out of wood species that possess natural abilities to resist moisture and decay.

Western red cedar and yellow cedar are the recommended species which showcase special features like resistance against natural termites, rot, decay, etc. They are the ultimate choice for outdoor furniture due to their warm undertones, strength and durability. So there’s your ideal rainy day. A warm, welcoming home with your favourite furniture enjoying your favourite season.

Do you want to use any of these species for your next project? Write to us here for an immediate response.

FII India, funded by the government of British Columbia (B.C.), Canada represents Canadian wood in India for all its five species viz. Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, Yellow Cedar, Western Red Cedar and Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF). FII works closely with architects, manufacturers, importers and real estate developers to provide technical and procurement assistance for their requirements free of any cost

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