Hardwood floors look great in your home, but when damaged by water they can become a costly headache. Luckily, there are things you can do to properly care for your floors and preventative steps you can take to avoid water damage. We’ve put together a list of 5 tips to address some of the best ways to protect your home.
Keep an Eye on Plumbing
- Water leaks and flooding are one of the main causes of water damage to hardwood floors. Pipes and appliances should be inspected and maintained on a regular basis.
- Before installing flooring, inspect the plumbing carefully. A professional plumber should be called especially if you are laying down flooring in an older home or building. You’ll want to make sure that all plumbing has been inspected, repaired, and is up to date.
- Spills and splashes need to be wiped up immediately so that liquids do not penetrate flooring.
- Never leave damp, moist, or wet items on the wood. Place rugs or plastic mats near exterior doors and sink basins to avoid possible damages in those highly used areas where things may get wet.
- A humidifier may need to be used to control humidity levels in your home. Especially in the summer when there is a lot of moisture in the air and during the winter when the air is drier. Both moist and dry air fluctuations can put your floors at risk for damages. Using a humidifier to regulate moisture will keep floors protected.
- Regularly sweep or vacuum floors.
- When floors need to be cleaned only use products specifically intended for hardwood floors. Use a soft mop or cloth. Do not get floors too wet. Your mop or cloth only needs to be slightly damp. When finished, use a towel to wipe up any excess moisture.
Keep Up on Maintenance
- Sealants like wax or polyurethane will help protect your floors but will not make them completely waterproof. They do add a protective layer that gives you enough time to wipe up spills before water damage can occur.
- Waxing only needs to be applied once per year. Polyurethane only needs to be done every three to four years.
It’s a myth that hardwood floors are invincible. Sure, they are durable and tough, but they are highly vulnerable to water damage. These types of floors require a bit more care and attention. With just a few steps and by keeping an observant eye, protecting your hardwood floors is easy to do.
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