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Living by the sea has plenty of benefits – the air is clean and fresh, it smells amazing and the sound of waves soothes you down. Unfortunately, there is also a downside – the humid air, which can damage your home. It takes some time and effort to get rid of the mildew on the walls and rust on the garden furniture. But with some caution, you can make this effort minimal and even prevent the damage in the first place.
Humid and salty air can do the most harm to the outdoor items, such as garden furniture. It can also have impact on windows and doors, especially on their metal parts which are subject to corrosion. Mildew can grow on walls of bathroom and kitchen, since the air in these areas has higher percentage of humidity. These are the items and the areas under the greatest impact of humid air. But if you maintain them properly, you can avoid the problems from occurring.
Garden furniture is the first on the impact of humid and salty air. In order to protect it, you should cover it overnight, as well as during the period of the year when you do not use it. You can use plastic covers for this purpose and tighten them with wire or rope.
You should rinse the furniture at least once a week. This way you will prevent the salt from damaging the surfaces, and keep your furniture clean and tidy. Avoid using harsh cleaning products, because you can do more harm than the salt. Keep in mind that warm water with some mild dishwashing soap will do the trick.
To protect your furniture further, you can add a layer of wax every once in a while. Also, make sure to maintain the paint job regularly, and get rid of the rust as soon as it appears.
Fibreglass framed doors and windows are a must for beach houses, because the humidity can damage the wooden ones more easily. Still, even these doors have metal parts, which can corrode. Fortunately, they are usually made of stainless steel, but you still have to maintain them well. Clean them often and apply WD-40 regularly to keep them work smoothly.
Bathrooms and kitchens are the most humid areas in every home. When you have a home by the coast, the level of humidity is even higher. This gives mould the perfect conditions to grow. In order to prevent it, you should provide your bathroom and kitchen with good ventilation and flow of fresh air. Make sure to clean the surfaces regularly, but also dry them well afterwards. Inspect the surfaces often in search of mould. In case it appears, clean it with 50-50 mixture if water and bleach. You can also apply mould-resistant paint in the corners where mould is most likely to appear.
It takes less effort to prevent mould and rust than undo their consequences. With regular maintenance, your house will be clean and you will enjoy the salty air without worrying it will damage your home.