Monsoon is here, and it’s here in full throttle. Love it or hate it, monsoons mean a lot of indoor time. Be it work-from-home or cancelled plans with friends because of heavy rainfall, you’ll be spending a lot of your time at home in the coming days. How do you make the best of it? – By simply making your home monsoon-ready. Here’s how you do it!
Make a cosy corner!
If you’re spending most of your time indoors, you better find a nice corner to relax and enjoy the rain outside. Take a look at this sun lounger. While it’s an amazing piece of furniture to enjoy the outdoors during the summer, the sun lounger from Italica can be ideal furniture to relax on with a hot cup of coffee and a nice book on a rainy day.
Set up a comfortable work space
Welcome to adulthood where rainy days don’t mean holidays. It’s work-from-home time, and you better set up your workstation at home. But here’s the thing: working from home is fine as long as you’re not distracted. Don’t ever make the mistake of working out of your bed or the sofa. Always find a plastic table and chair. Make sure your chair is designed well enough to support your back for a good 7-8 hours.
Keep the water and mud outside the house
If there are people coming in and out of your house during the monsoons, you’d know how water dripping from their umbrellas makes the floor all wet and eventually muddy. All you have to do is put a plastic crate outside your house where all umbrellas and raincoats can be stored. You can keep a separate crate for wet shoes if you like.
Take care of your trash
Monsoons come as a relief but there are a few issues that tag along too. One of them is stinky dustbins. It is because of the extra moisture in the air, dustbins smell worse during monsoons. Not only is it a foul smell but it’s also something quite unhygienic. So if you have been planning to change your dustbin for a while, now is the time. Get a big, good quality plastic waste bin with a lid that doesn’t let the smell escape.
Make the best of the rains
It’s not unknown to anyone that our country is facing a huge water crisis and it’s only going to get worse. You may or may not live in an area that is currently affected by the shortage of water but it’s our responsibility to make the best of the rainwater. Storing rainwater, even in small quantities is a great step that we can take to battle the situation. We can check our use of running tap water as well as help our neighbors this way. Why not put a large plastic storage bin outside your home and store some water when it is raining cats and dogs?
Doesn’t have to be all indoors
Just because it’s raining outside, doesn’t mean you have you to spend every minute indoors! If you want to enjoy the gentle pitter-patter, the mild petrichor and the cool breeze at your porch, terrace, backyard or garden, go ahead. Set up nice plastic furniture set with plastic chairs and tables on your terrace with a large overhead umbrella, and enjoy a warm cup of coffee and snacks with your loved ones. Or, simply set up a plastic chair in your balcony, and enjoy the view while sitting on a chair with your feet rested on the railing. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
When it comes to outdoor furniture, plastic wins hands down. There is no other material that comes close to the durability of moulded plastic. Making your garden or your patio look just the way you want to without worrying about the wear and tear caused by the outside weather is quite a relief, isn’t it? All you have to do is keep that majesticplastic sun lounger by the pool, or that beautiful plastic chair andtable set on your garden squeaky clean. How do you do that? Well, it’s easy. Just follow these tips!
The first and basic step
Here’s what you have to do to get rid of that debris of dirt, and from your plastic tables and chairs in the garden. Remove the debris with a broom, and then wash the surface with a mix of mild soap and water. Warm water and dish washing liquid can get the job done.
But what if it isn’t enough?
Sometimes, the mixture of soap and water doesn’t work on the stubborn debris on your plastic furniture. This may happen if dirt accumulates on your furniture over a period of time. It’s not unusual to find deposition of dirt on your outdoor furniture after returning from a vacation. In that case, here are a few sure-shot hacks that you can try.
Mix just a quarter cup of bleach with hot water in a bucket. Then dip a scrubbing brush into the bucket but make sure you wear gloves while doing so. Now simply scrub away the dirt from your furniture. Allow the solution to settle in for a while before rinsing it off with water. It’s that simple.
Unless your plastic furniture comes from reputed brands such as Italica, you might be unsure about using bleach on them. In that case, vinegar is the safest option. Mix a quarter vinegar in a bucket of hot water and dip a soft-bristled scrubbing brush in it. Loosen the dirt by getting the furniture wet with water. Now scrub the dirt off your favorite plastic furniture to make it look brand new.
What if bleach and vinegar both don’t work?
Places where the weather is harsh and punishing, outdoor furniture tend to get covered with dirt all over. If not taken care of, the furniture will lose its lustre with time. While it’s almost impossible to restore furniture made of wood or metal, it’s possible to get that brand new look back in plastic furniture with the right kind of treatment. Here’s what you have to do:
Tub and tile cleaner
Simply spray some tub and tile cleaner on your furniture and leave it for 5 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
Apple cider vinegar
Just spray it directly on your outdoor furniture without diluting. Wipe and rinse off the vinegar after five minutes.
Take a wet sponge and dip it in some baking soda. Now all you have to do is wipe your furniture in a circular motion.
If you’re invited to a housewarming party, know that there are better ways to add warmth to the house than just warm wishes. But bringing presents is not the final solution. It’s about the right gift for the occasion. Here’s the thing, instead of bringing a wind chime or a vase, it’s time we brought something that would add some real value to the home. For instance, furniture – what better way to wish someone a happy life in their new home than gifting them furniture?
A nice coffee table
When the house is new and there are still tons of boxes to be unwrapped, a coffee table is the second best gift that homeowners can use. The first would, of course, be a coffee machine. For all you know, the coffee can be served to all the housewarming party guests including you on the table that you had brought. Go for a good looking, light-weight coffee table. Call your host beforehand and ask them what color walls they have. Then get them a plastic table that perfectly complements their home. Guess who wins the best housewarming gift award?
A nice set of chairs
There’s hardly anything as thoughtful as gifting chairs to someone who has recently moved into a new place. Plastic chairs help people settle half the issues of settling in. Here’s the deal, you gift them a set of beautiful, comfortable, and lightweight chairs and they can use it for years to come in whatever way they want. Plastic chairs are easy to clean, easy to maintain, easy to move around, and in case they have a pet, they couldn’t be gladder.
A sun lounger
If you really want to congratulate someone for moving into a new place, tell them that they deserve to relax in style. Then show them their gift – a brand new, luxurious sun-lounger. They may or may not have a garden but they sure have a balcony to enjoy the sun relaxing on a sun lounger. It’s a thoughtful yet classy idea for a gift when it comes to plastic furniture.
Cute little stools
Do you know what makes a living room brightened up? Beautifully designed stools that are also quite functional. We often underestimate these little pieces of furniture and what they can do to our space. They add to the decor, they can seat people, and can be used to serve food as well. Still not convinced? Take a moment to check out these aesthetically designed plastic stools. You’ll know what we’re talking about.
A kitchen trolley
To get a home up and running, one needs to set up the kitchen first. There are going to be a lot of presents that go straight to the kitchen – appliances, utensils, crockery etc. Let your present stand out. Get your host a beautiful plastic kitchen trolley that not only makes their lives easier but also adds a splash of class to their kitchen.
Adorable kid’s chairs
Are there children in the house? Or are your hosts expecting soon? If your hosts have a baby room in their home with pink, blue or yellow walls, it’s best to add some more life to it. Bring them a brightly colored plastic baby chair, and they couldn’t be happier. We guarantee.