Summer isn’t too far away and it’s a good idea to start planning on how you’ll take care of your hardwood floors now before the heat and humidity increase in Madison Wisconsin. Moisture levels definitely play a role on how your hardwood floors will wear so it’s important to understand the ins and outs of how to care for your flooring properly depending on the season.
Hardwood floors are always trying to be in balance with the environment/weather conditions around them. So in the summer when humidity levels rise, the hardwood will absorb much of the moisture in the air to be “in balance” with the air. It’s a natural process and can’t be stopped but it can become a problem if the wood absorbs too much of the humid air around it. The wood will expand and can cause a variety of problems including buckling, warping, or cupping – none of which you want to deal with.
Luckily, there are ways to decrease humidity levels in your home and protect your hardwood floors. Below are a few summer tips on how to extend the life of your hardwood floors:
1) Use a Dehumidifier – A dehumidifier will remove a large amount of moisture from your floors which will prevent buckling and cracking. You can rent one or purchase one that will save you a ton of money in the future as it will prevent your hardwood floors from needing to be repaired more often.
2) Keep Humidity Levels Balanced – Keeping the humidity levels in your home between 35-55% will prevent your hardwood floors from moisture damage.
3) Run the AC – Air conditioning will drastically reduce the humidity levels in your home. This does so by not only cooling the air in your home but also drawing moisture out of it.
4) Keep them Clean – We don’t recommend polishing and waxing your hardwood floors during the summer months. Instead, a thorough vacuuming with a hardwood floor attachment is the best way to keep your floors clean.
5) Utilize Shade – Just like our own skin needs to be protected from the summer sun’s UV rays or we’ll burn, the same goes for your hardwood floors. Discoloration will occur if the sun shines on the flooring for too long. Draw the curtains or blinds during the day in rooms that you have shading to protect your floors – while keeping your home cooler as well!
If you follow our tips at Nelson Flooring, your hardwood floors will definitely last a lot longer before needing to be treated.
Contact Nelson flooring Today at 1-608-440-8494 for a free consultation!