Hardwood Laminate Flooring Mississauga

Ways to Protect Hardwood Floors From Damage

Hardwood flooring can be prone to damage if it is not properly cared for or protected. Some potential sources of damage include:

  • Scratches and scuffs from heavy foot traffic or furniture movement
  • Water damage from spills or leaks
  • Stains from spills or pet accidents
  • Indentations or dents from standing or sitting on the floor for long periods
  • Warping or buckling due to changes in humidity levels

However, if hardwood flooring is properly maintained, it can last for many years and can be refinished multiple times if necessary. Regular cleaning, protecting the floor from scratches and spills, and controlling the humidity level in your home can help to minimize the risk of damage to your hardwood flooring.

 

Ways to protect your Hardwood flooring from Damage

  • Use door mats at entryways to prevent dirt and debris from being tracked onto the hardwood floor.
  • Place felt pads or floor protectors under furniture legs to prevent scratches and scuffs.
  • Use a soft-bristled broom or vacuum cleaner with a hardwood floor attachment to clean the floor regularly.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals or excess water on the hardwood floor.
  • Use rugs or carpets in high traffic areas to protect the floor from wear and tear.
  • Avoid standing or sitting on the hardwood floor for long periods, as this can cause indentations and damage.
  • Never drag heavy furniture or appliances across the hardwood floor, always lift and carry them.
  • Keep the humidity level in your home stable by using a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed.
  • Regularly check for and repair any water leaks to prevent warping or discoloration of the floor.
  • Use a high-quality hardwood floor cleaner and polish to protect the wood and enhance its natural beauty.

 

How does moisture affect Hardwood

Moisture can have a significant impact on hardwood flooring. Hardwood is a natural material that can expand or contract depending on the level of moisture in the air. If the air in your home is too dry, the hardwood flooring can shrink and gaps may appear between the boards. If the air is too humid, the hardwood can expand, causing the boards to cup or buckle.

Excessive moisture can also lead to warping or cupping of the hardwood, as well as discoloration. If the hardwood flooring is exposed to water for an extended period of time, it can cause the adhesive to loosen and the boards to warp, cup or even rot.

It is important to maintain a relative humidity of between 35% and 55% and to quickly clean up any spills or leaks to prevent moisture damage. In addition, using a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home can help to control the humidity levels and protect your hardwood flooring.

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