Moisture is the nemesis of hardwood floors. If you opt for hardwood in your home, it’s important to take steps to protect it from moisture, so it stays looking its best for as long as possible. Here is what you need to know about keeping your hardwood floors safe from moisture damage.
Start During the Installation Process
Some hardwood floors are destined to have moisture problems because of the way that they are installed. Planks should be completely dried before they are installed, or you will have moisture problems early in the life of the floor. Your subflooring should also be dried thoroughly. Your hardwood flooring installation company should take care of this process for you. Be sure to ask if your flooring is pre-dried or if it will need to be conditioned at your home before installation begins.
Clean Spills Right Away
Any liquids that get onto your hardwood flooring must be cleaned immediately. This means everything from a splash of soda to standing water from a leak. The longer that water sits on your floor, the more damage it will do. If you develop any cracks in your flooring, repair them right away. Cracks let moisture seep into your flooring, which can cause extensive damage.
Manage Humidity in Your Home
Generally, the humidity level in your home should be between 30 and 50%. If it is higher, then the excess moisture in the air can do damage to your flooring. It’s also important to keep your home cool enough to prevent moisture from building up. If you think your home is too humid, consider using dehumidifier to remove some of the moisture from the air.
At Broadway Carpet & Flooring Company in Tucson, we will help you select the perfect flooring for your home and install it flawlessly, so it stays looking its best for years to come. Find out more about our flooring selection and installation services by calling (520) 296-8533.