Hardwood floors add a touch of style and luxury to your home. They’re incredibly durable, but certainly not indestructible so it’s important that you protect your hardwood floors. Moisture is one their biggest weaknesses, and flooding or even spills can cause them to suffer from water damage. You don’t want that, so read on for our tips on how to prevent water damage for your hardwood flooring.
How does moisture affect hardwood floors?
Wood reacts to the environment surrounding it, including by absorbing the moisture in the air. So, even the air’s humidity can have an impact on your hardwood flooring. As it absorbs moisture, the planks start to swell and then shrink when they lose moisture. As this occurs over time, it can cause the planks to lose their proper fit or even become warped.
When spills or even flooding occur on your hardwood floors, the wood will gradually absorb the water sitting on top of it. This can lead to more severe problems such as mold and mildew developing within the wood, as well as warping and discoloration.
How to prevent water damage
If you live in a humid climate, then purchasing a dehumidifier for your home can help to keep your hardwood floors in good condition over time. This should especially be a priority during summer time. If you’ve spilt a liquid on your floors or have suffered some flooding, then read on for tips on how to prevent water damage.
Soak up as much water ASAP
You want to minimize the amount of time that water is in contact with your hardwood floors for. So, immediately tend to any spills and soak up the surface liquid as soon as possible. Towels, cloths, and mops can be used for this. A wet vacuum will also be useful for soaking up even some of the water that’s already soaked into the wood.
Remove wet objects
If you have a rug or furniture on your hardwood floors that has also soaked up the water, then you should remove these as soon as you can, as they will continue to seep water into the wood.
Clean the floor
It’s not just the liquid that can cause problems, but also the dirt and bacteria contained within it that can speed up the occurrence of mold. So, you should clean the area with a disinfectant after you have removed the liquid.
Dry your floor
Even once the liquid has gone, it will still likely be soaked into the wood’s fibers, so you need to make sure you completely dry your floors. Opening windows and doors and placing fans can help to circulate air around the room. Placing a dehumidifier in the room on its maximum setting also helps to speed up the drying process.
If you need help maintaining your hardwood floor or recovering after water damage occurs, then contact us for services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.