Mould and mildew, stains and smells – chances are, you’ll face some (if not all) of these challenges in your home while living in steamy Singapore.
Consult this handy guide to lessen the hassle.
Watch out for puddles of water on wood surfaces, because mould can grow and give off a musty scent.
As with leaks, identify the source of the dampness and address it as quickly as possible. Place pieces of charcoal around the room to deodorise the air and reduce dampness, advises Militza Maury of Little Green Dot blog.
NEXT: Leave it to the pros →
Pretty much every kind of dirt can be trapped in the fibres of carpets and rugs. If left uncleaned for a long time, these floor coverings can develop an unpleasant smell.
If your area rugs or fine carpets are stinky or stained, and your own cleaning efforts haven’t helped, give the experts at The Orientalist a call. They specialise in washing, cleaning and repairing all sorts of handmade carpets.
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NEXT: Furnish with easy-to-care-for accents →
Worried about high-maintenance furnishing? Try Bungalow 55, our go-to resource for casual-chic home accents, which are a great way to bridge furnishings from back home with Singapore’s tropical surroundings.
Its woven, natural fibre area rugs as well as polypropylene indoor-outdoor carpets are easy-care yet elegant (from $550).
#01-05A Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259760
NEXT: And textiles →
Mould and fungi grow in water puddles caused by leaky faucets or ceilings. When they multiply in number, they give off a strong odour. Keep an eye out for plumbing leaks and repair them as soon as possible.
NEXT: Know the danger spots →
Bathrooms and kitchens are among mould’s favourite havens. They thrive in moisture-rich environments, so safeguard potential danger spots by wiping the shower walls and kitchen sinks dry after use; when you see yellowish or greenish stains on the surfaces in these areas, expect a smell to follow if these are not cleaned off immediately.
NEXT: Let the sun in →
On a hot day, open the windows wide to let in as much air into your home as possible to get rid of moisture. Likewise, use sunlight and fresh breeze to clean and deodorise things that cannot go into the wash, such as mattresses and books.
As for dark, difficult-to-air places? Invest in a dehumidifier to lower humidity, which will stop the growth of mould and mildew, and neutralise musty smells.
NEXT: And let your furniture out →
Don’t be afraid of doing up your balcony. Specialising in beautifully restored authentic furniture and ornaments from various provinces in China, Wood Farm also has a selection of synthetic rattan furniture for outdoor living.
#01-03, 13 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249674
NEXT: Raid your kitchen →
There are plenty of trusted remedies lurking on your pantry shelves. A couple of classic cleaners: baking soda and white vinegar as well as lemon juice and salt.
For the former: Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle. In another spray bottle, add white vinegar. Spray the baking soda mixture liberally onto the affected area, followed by vinegar solution. Leave for a few minutes, then wipe and leave to dry.
For the latter: Wipe off the loose mould and mildew. Dampen the affected object with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, and leave it to dry in the sun. Give it a final rinse and let it dry naturally.
NEXT: Combat smell with smell →
From Home and Decor, additional reporting by Sara Lyle Bow, May 2017
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