Hardwood floors and water don’t really get along. There are probably sealants in place, and the materials used for hardwood floors are pretty durable, but they’re still certainly vulnerable to water damage. With spring and the accompanying rainy season rapidly approaching (please!), there will be plenty of water outside, and some of it is liable to find its way in. Here are some tips to protect hardwood floors from water damage.
Wood Floors vs Water
A battle for the ages. Water is capable of staining, warping, and softening wood floors to the point of irreversible damage and/or costly repairs. Any of these issues can be an enormous inconvenience. Avoid them altogether with some of these simple tips to protect hardwood floors.
- The first one is easy. When there’s something wet on your hardwood floors, remove it! Whether it’s a spill, or damp rugs, rags, shoes, or appliances, act quickly in drying it up. The longer water sits on the floor, the more likely it is to cause damage.
- When spring comes, it will bring rain, and that rainwater will inevitably find its way inside. Protect hardwood floors first by placing a mat or rug by your front door for people to wipe their feet before stepping onto the hardwood. Also be aware of umbrellas or raincoats that might drip and cause puddles.
- Keep an eye out for leaks. Hardwood floors in the kitchen are most vulnerable to pipe leaks and plumbing problems. The kitchen can be a sneaky problem, with appliances like the fridge and dishwasher that might be leaking water underneath the floor without you even noticing.
- It’s been cold for a while, but do you remember humidity? You live in Maryland, of course you do. Warmer months will bring back that stifling humidity that us Marylanders love. Control the humidity in your home with a humidifier.
- Keep up with proper maintenance. The sealants that protect hardwoods floors need reinforcing every once in a while. Additionally, when cleaning, make sure you’re using approved substances and don’t leave any puddles or use overly wet mops.
Watch out for water damage with your hardwood floors, because they can be a heck of a time- and money-eater when they need replacing, although filing a water damage insurance claim may help. If we’re too late in our advice and you’re in need of water damage restoration, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
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