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Maintaining Your Property
It is standard practice for the landlord to be responsible for all structural repairs and maintenance, and the tenant is typically responsible for the interior/non-structural parts of the property. Ensure that you keep the property and it’s furniture and effects in good condition at all times. It is worth noting that the high levels of humidity can have a permanent, damaging effect on your own belongings, furniture and the property’s fixtures and fittings so do take precautionary measures to reduce these effects. Should you have any queries, your Hong Kong property agent should be able to offer some advice. Otherwise, below are some tips to help you maintain your property during the lease term:
Dealing With The Humidity
One of the major challenges of living in your new environment is the high humidity. Even though the climate may not feel humid all year round, it is highly recommended that you take cautionary steps throughout the year to ensure that your belongings, furniture and the fixtures and fittings in your property remain mold and damage free!

If you are allergic to dust mites or mold, if you smell a musty, mildew-like odor in your home, or if you notice condensation on windows, walls, or floors—then you should consider using a dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality.

Follow our tips below to minimize any damaging effects from high humidity, since they often only appear at a later stage when it is too late to rectify the problem!

  • At the very first sign of damp or mold, find it and get rid of it. Mildew is happiest in damp, dark places where air can't circulate, so your closet can be a prime breeding ground for the fungus, which likes leather and most fabrics and so keep a watch in the most unlikely places.
  • When you notice mildew on clothes or accessories, get rid of it as quickly as possible; in addition to being an allergen, it smells terrible and is unsightly.
  • We highly recommend that you religiously use dehumidifiers to minimize the effects. Some air-conditioning units have a built-in dehumidifying function however we still recommend that you purchase individual units. (See below).
  • Never leave your house unattended for more than a few days unless you leave the dehumidifiers running constantly (or if you have a sophisticated central air-conditioning system this will work well too!). It is much wiser to have a friend or helper come in to check for leaks and to empty dehumidifiers on a regular basis.
  • Purchasing a Dehumidifier
    A dehumidifier is an appliance that regulates humidity by removing moisture from the air, thereby creating living conditions that are inhospitable to dust mites and mold. Traditional dehumidifiers work much like air conditioners; they cool the air thus causing moisture to condense on coils within the machine. The moisture is collected in a drip pan or bucket for disposal.

    Some dehumidifiers are capable of removing up to 100 pints (12.5 gallons) of water per day, however standard household models will typically remove 30-60 pints. They should be placed in the bedrooms (small sizes are okay if the size of the rooms are relatively small) where a lot of clothing is kept and a larger one in the living/dining room should be sufficient. We recommend that you choose ones with an auto function so that it is only used when needed. Those with a pipe running from the bucket allows you to run it constantly when out of town.

    If purchased new, the smaller units start from HK$2,000, with larger units being more expensive. An alternative is to purchase a second-hand dehumidifier available through expat leaving sales, since many people do not take these items with them and will want to sell them before leaving. Please ask your consultant for tips on where to buy.
    Looking After Wooden Floors
  • Walking on a dusty or dirty floor is the fastest way to damage a finish. They should be dust mopped, vacuumed or swept with a soft bristle broom daily, or as often as necessary, to remove grit and dust from the surface.
  • Brooms that have ends that fray out are better because then ends act as a polisher and also pick up the smallest bits of grit.
  • Oil and soaps are not a good idea for a couple of reasons. First, they are sticky when dry and therefore attract more dirt than repel. Oil soaps also leave a residue that creates problems when it comes time for heavier cleanings or refinishing.
  • Place walk-off mats at all exterior entrances. This will capture much of the harmful dirt before it even reaches the hardwood floor. Shake out, wash or vacuum mats and area rugs frequently.
  • Floor protector pads of soft felt or similar material should be placed on the bottom of furniture legs. Floor protectors must be kept clean of grit and periodically replaced. Please try to keep high heels off the floor, or if wearing them is necessary, please make sure they are in good condition and will not damage the floor.
  • Treating Mildew/Mold
  • Pour undiluted white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Vinegar has a high success rate for getting rid of mildew, and it also eliminates the bad odour.
  • Spray the vinegar onto the affected area of the garment or accessory.
  • If you're dealing with a garment, wash it only after the sight and smell of the fungus is gone. Use warm, soapy/sudsy water, and hang the garment to dry in a clean, arid place.
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