While wood floors in your home can provide great appeal and even increase the value of your home, they can also be troublesome due to the properties of the wood.  Unlike carpet that has few problems after installation, hardwood floors can leave homeowners such as yourself plagued with problems and wondering whether or not the cost of the wood floor was actually worth it.  You can prevent most of these problems by following the tips and suggestions listed here.
Moisture is one of the biggest problems associated with wood floors.  An excess of it causes the wood to expand while too little moisture results in the wood contracting.  Frequent changes in moisture can cause your wood to bow, warp, become rough and even crack.  You can prevent this by utilizing humidity controls in the rooms where the hardwood floors are located.  These measure the humidity in your home as well as the outdoor temperature.  Based on these two factors they release moisture into the air to ensure the room stays within a specific humidity range.  By utilizing humidity control you can relieve much of the stress caused on your wood floors during dry or extremely humid months of the year.
If you don’t want the expense of installing a humidity control in your home, there are additional ways to ensure the humidity in your home is ideal for your wood floors.  Simple humidity gauges are sold at hardware and discount stores for a few dollars, and they can tell you what the current humidity, such as your dishwasher or shower to raise the moisture level, while a dehumidifier can remove moisture during humid, summer months.
To avoid other problems with your wood floors it is important to properly clean and care for them.  Any spills that occur on a wood floor should immediately be cleaned up, since the moisture will seek deeper in to the wood the longer it goes without being cleaned up. Spots cleaned relatively fast may not be noticeable or only appear lightly in your wood floor.  These can easily be removed by sanding and refinishing However, dark stains that are set deeper in the wood may require covering or a complete new wood floor to be installed.
Besides cleaning up spills immediately, you should take care not to scratch or create gouges in your hardwood floor.  By taking shoes off, trimming claws and toenails of pets, and using furniture pads, you can protect your hardwood floor and keep it looking spectacular for many years to come.  You can also help expand its lifespan by cleaning the floor as recommended by the manufacturer.
Wood floors are infamous for providing homeowners with problems, but you don’t have to be one of them.  Instead you can follow the tips and suggestions listed here to prevent or remedy any problems you may experience and keep your wood floors looking as though they were freshly installed.


Until next time,

Chad Durbin | President | Total Flooring