Some wood flooring materials stand up better than others do to moisture, but there are no sealants on the market as of yet that are so impenetrable that moisture isn’t a concern at all. If you want to maintain your beautiful hardwood floors, you’re going to need to manage the moisture in your home. The experts at Floor Coverings International West Houston explain how to do this below!
Purchase a Humidistat and a Dehumidifier
Every wood flooring material will come with a recommended range for humidity and temperature. Bamboo, for example, is far more sensitive than others and requires an eye to be kept on the humidity of the room. It’s not quite as big of a concern in some states as it is here in Texas, but even the dry states can see humid days throughout monsoon season, so start with the correct equipment.
Clean Up Spills Right Away
Hardwood flooring requires daily cleaning due to the dust and debris that can scratch the finish. Spills can also seep into the wood and cause warping and mildew very quickly. It’s a good idea to always keep a roll of paper towels or a hand towel in reach in rooms with sensitive wood floors. To be extra careful, you can even point a room fan at the spot after it’s been cleaned up to ensure quick drying if you’re worried that the liquid has seeped through the cracks.
Keep an Even Temperature When Possible
Wood floors will expand and contract when subjected to extreme temperature changes. This leaves the flooring with wide-open cracks between planks, just waiting for a spill. For this reason, it’s recommended that, if you use a fireplace or a wood-burning stove, you’ll want to make sure that the flooring around that area is comprised of tile. Likewise, it’s best not to bother with delicate hardwood in a room that will get a lot of exposure to the elements in the summer and winter, such as a work shed or an enclosed patio. In other words, don’t use wood flooring in an area that you can’t maintain some degree of control over.
Hardwood flooring doesn’t have to be high-maintenance, but it does require a bit of care. Keep it dry and it will last for a long time. The experts at Floor Coverings International West Houston will be there to make sure you know how to care for your beautiful new hardwood floors. Give us a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation!
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