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
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.