Why Water and Hardwood Floors Don’t Mix

Are you looking at renovating your home or looking to redo the flooring again?? The most common choice is hardwood flooring, due to it being a very Eco- friendly choice, strength and also because of its restorability. Hardwood flooring is the most preferred flooring type but can be a bit of a difficult in some particular areas. Places where there is a problem of high humidity, your floors and sub floors are prone to getting highly damaged. Extreme weather areas either too hot or too cold can crack the floor or distort the floor. Therefore climate pays a very important role when looking for flooring. For you to maintain hardwood floors a normal level of moisture should be between 30-50%.

There are various means of water damage that can happen to hardwood floors, and each is restored differently.

Hardwood FlooringWater and hardwood don’t go hand in hand for the below reasons and tips to repair Hardwood floors:

  • Damage to hardwood floors through water can occur in any situation, can be a faulty dishwasher, a flood from a broken pipe, or kids spilling water. Due to this, flooring can get discolored or disjointed.
  • To avoid damage, must look into mopping with excess water, or too much water near entryways or even humidifiers play a very vital role. This kind of excess water can cause your floor to crack, expand or warp your wooden flooring.
  • As and when you notice a problem with your floor, you must dry it immediately. Do not dry it by applying heat as this can cause more damage. You can use fans, open windows; use of a water removing vacuum or even a dehumidifier can help. After the flooring dries out, it may become normal again.
  • If you notice your floor to be a bit hazy or a white blot, then it is a sign that there is minimum damage to the surface of your floor. Use a mild cleanser with light pressure to buff the finish. You can use either an automotive polish or toothpaste.
  • If there is heavy damage like mold growing in your flooring, then you can find a black stain. To repair, flooring must be completely dry, and then tape that area to seclude it during the cleaning process. Mix oxalic acid crystals in hot water and brush the mixture onto the stained area. After you dry it and brush it off repeat this process till the stain is removed. Finish with sealant after you match the stained area with the rest of the floor.
  • If there is sever water damage, your flooring is likely to be replaced, as wood is prone to mold growth. You need to ensure that you floor and sub-floor is always kept dry.
  • If you notice your floor to be cracked or popped, it is an indication that your sub-floor is damaged as well and you must replace it before installing your new flooring.

Wooden floors are so nice to look at and give a very elegant look to a home. A little care and maintenance is required on a daily basis. Simple methods like sweeping and mopping with a damp cloth is all that is required for your floor to look clean and appear to be new. The best cleaners are the one’s suggested by the manufacturers. Good wooden flooring does not gather dirt and odor.

Why Water and Hardwood Floors Don’t Mix was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by Jason Valasek