Tips to Extend the Life of Your Hardwood Floors

August 19th, 2013
Extend Life of Hardwood Floors

It doesn’t matter if you just had new hardwood floors installed or if they’ve been a staple in your house for years, proper care techniques can extend their life. You probably know to clean up spills as soon as they happen and to frequently sweep your floors. In this blog, we’re going to delve into some different strategies to keep your hardwood floors looking their best. No matter where you live around the Twin Cities, hardwood floors can give your home a unique and beautiful look. Following some simple procedures can ensure your hardwood floors look great for years to come.

Humidity Within Your Home

The levels of humidity within your home have a huge impact on the health of your hardwood floors. If you have solid hardwood floors, humidity levels should be kept between 35% and 45%. If you have engineered hardwood floors, humidity levels should stay between 35% and 50 %. Too much humidity can allow moisture to seep into your flooring, causing the boards to swell. This may result in warping. If humidity levels are too low, that can also be harmful. Dry conditions can cause floor boards to dry out, weaken and split. Sizable gaps may result between the strips if you don’t maintain proper humidity levels.

Strategic Rugs & Floor Mats

Some strategically placed rugs and floor mats can go a long way to protect your hardwood floors. Place floor mats by all entrances and exits. This gives people a chance to wipe their feet, or take off their shoes before tracking moisture and dirt across the floors. Place rugs under your furniture and under doors to reduce the chance of scuffs and scratches. You should also consider laying mats near sinks and tubs to catch any falling moisture. This will prevent moisture damage to the wood. Rolling chairs, or chairs with casters are unusually hard on the surface of most hardwood floors. Placing a protective mat under these chairs can reduce undue stress.

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