There are a lot of reasons to choose hardwood flooring for your home. It’s durable, timelessly stylish and easy to clean. Especially when compared to softer or more porous flooring solutions, like carpeting and cork, hardwood is quite low-maintenance. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t actions that you can take to ensure the longevity of your floors. Water damage remains as one of the top struggles of hardwood floor owners, as excessive exposure to water can cause mold and weakening of the floor itself.
You don’t have to resign yourself to water-damaged hardwood. Through a few simple actions, you can ensure a longer life for your floors without breaking the bank. Sometimes flooding and spills are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that it’s time to throw in the towel.
Routine care today can save you a lot of headache tomorrow.
You’re a busy person, as we all are. It might be easy to just say “Oh I’ll pick that up later” when you see a spill or wet items lying on your floor. Tending to these matters sooner than later can save you thousands of dollars over time by just spending a couple of minutes each day. Clean up spills immediately and make sure that any damp items that find their way to your floor are picked up and dealt with appropriately.
Have your plumbing inspected, or do it yourself.
Leaking pipes can wreak havoc on your hardwood flooring, and sometimes it takes a while to realize that damage has been done. In the kitchen, for example, you might not think twice about the puddle on the floor by the sink if you’ve just done a sink full of dishes. If unexpected moisture is making its way into your home and onto your floors, it’s time to give your pipes a visual inspection.
Humidity control is essential.
During the summer, the air tends to be more humid. During the winter, air becomes drier. Both of these environmental changes can cause damage to your floors over the duration of the season, such as warping and cracking. Make use of dehumidifiers and humidifiers as necessary to keep the air at a comfortable level-for both you and your floors.
Mind which products you use to clean your floors.
Even though hardwood flooring is a durable solution, it can still be negatively impacted by the use of the wrong products on its surface. When cleaning your floors, make sure to use a product that is designed with hardwood flooring in mind. Additionally, you should remember when mopping that you don’t need to douse your floor with water and cleaning solution. A damp mop head will get the job done, without leaving behind pools and puddles of moisture that can cause damage.
Touch up the sealant, according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
A year has passed and your floors still look awesome. But they could be exposed to the damage of the elements if the sealant has worn away over time. Wax sealants generally require reinforcement after a year, while polyurethane requires less frequent touch-ups. If possible, you should speak to the manufacturer of your flooring in regard to routine care and upkeep.
Restore Pro is here to help you and your family recover from water damage caused by spills, flooding and other issues. If your home has been affected by excessive water, call us today at 781-664-9800 or connect with us on Facebook.