There is no more popular choice for flooring in a home right now than hardwood floor. Homeowners are tearing out their carpet to either refinish the hardwood floor beneath it or install brand new hardwood floor.
We understand. Hardwood floor is beautiful and it is probably the highest quality type of flooring for a home. However, it is not without its downside. There is one aspect of hardwood floor that you must consider in order to protect it and ensure it stays beautiful throughout its lifetime in your home.
You must protect hardwood floors from moisture and discoloration. The good news is, there are several ways to accomplish this and avoid moisture and water damaging your hardwood floor as well as overuse and general wear.
#1. Leave AC on All Summer
The cost of running the air conditioner is not cheap but it is cheaper than having to replace hardwood. If too much heat and humidity build up in a home it will lead to moisture forming on walls and on the floor. The moisture on hardwood floors can cause it to warp or discolor. Moisture on hardwood floor can even lead to mold growth if it isn’t identified soon enough.
#2. Close Blinds When No One is Home
If no one is home during the middle of a hot, summer day, we recommend that you close your blinds to prevent the sunlight from hitting the hardwood floors. The sunlight can discolor the hardwood too and of course the heat can lead to humidity and moisture forming on the surface of the hardwood floor.
#3. Rearrange Furniture
It is a good idea to change the traffic patterns in your home to reduce the amount of traffic one area of the hardwood floor receives. You also don’t want to leave the weight of heavier furniture on the same area of hardwood floors for many years either. When you do rearrange furniture on your hardwood floor, be sure to lift the furniture. Never drag furniture on hardwood floor to avoid the risk of scratching the floor.
#4. Use Dehumidifiers
During the summer, we recommend running a dehumidifier in the rooms with hardwood floor to soak up any moisture forming on the hardwood floor. A dehumidifier in combination with your air conditioner should prevent moisture.
#5. Place Area Rugs
We recommend strategically placing area rugs throughout rooms with hardwood floor. You should place area rugs in heavier traffic areas. This way the hardwood floor beneath the rug is protected and all that needs to be done is to either schedule area rug cleaning or purchase a new rug from time to time. Both are much cheaper than replacing the hardwood floor.
You can get a lifetime of style and quality out of hardwood floor in your home if you provide the proper care and take certain precautions to protect the floor from moisture, sunlight and overuse or constant weight and pressure from heavier furniture.
We still recommend hardwood floor above all other choices, just be sure you know the risks involved in installing it in your home.