Tips to protect your hardwood floor from water
The biggest enemy for hardwood floors is water. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your hardwood floor is to contact a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills daily, can also cause irremediable damage. Here is what you can do to keep your hardwood floor dry and undamaged:
- Control the humidity in your home. Be aware that during the summer, air tends to be moister and during the winter, the air is dryer than usual. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.
- The sealant on your hardwood floor must be periodically resealed. Wax sealants should be refinished annually. Polyurethane sealants (oil or water based) last longer and only require maintenance every few years.
- Cleaning hardwood floors use a quality product intended specifically for hardwood floors. Make sure you do not leave pools or puddles of liquid, no matter how small, on your floor. Do not soak the mop head or the cloth you are using; instead, only dampen them a little.
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