When it comes to hardwood floors, water is the biggest enemy. No matter how durable and appealing the wooden floors look, they are always susceptible to water damage. If you don’t protect them well, the water can cause severe damage, such as deformation and mould growth.
However, the good thing is you can safeguard your precious wooden floors from water damage using some preventative tips. Here is what our London professionals at Sanding Wood Floors advise.
Tips To Protect Hardwood Floors From Water Damage
⇒ Clean the spills immediately
Wooden floorboards can absorb spills if not cleaned promptly & kept for longer. Always keep a microfiber towel accessible to attend to the spills immediately. Make sure there are no signs of moisture left for damage. Quick cleaning will prevent water and spills from seeping into the floorboards.
⇒ Avoid overwetting while cleaning
While it is essential to clean your floors to maintain them, you need to use minimal water and solutions while cleaning. For routine cleaning, waterless methods like sweeping and vacuuming will do.
And while deep cleaning, use a slightly damp mop to wipe your floors instead of oversaturation. Our experts recommend avoiding spring mop as it holds too much water.
⇒ Don’t keep wet objects on the floors
Keeping drenched objects like muddy rain boots, umbrellas, wet towels, flower pots/plants, etc., on your hardwood floors will soak them and cause damage. Keep your floors dry by placing such objects either on plastic sheets or hanging them elsewhere.
⇒ Ensure regular sealing/finishing
One of the best ways to repel water on hardwood floors is sealing. Keep your floor up-to-date by applying suitable wood floor finishing periodically. If you notice any damage to the sealant or finishing, have them resealed immediately. It will protect it from water penetration and give you time to clean the spills too.
⇒ Repair the damage as soon as possible
If your wooden floorboards have loosened, or developed cracks, or any other damage, get them repaired quickly. Any cracks and openings can allow the water to enter the base and cause hardwood floor water damage.
⇒ Control the humidity levels
The moisture level of your home can also affect your flooring. Keep it controlled and allow proper ventilation to avoid expansion or contraction of your hardwood floors.
⇒ Use rugs and mats to trap moisture
To prevent water from spilling on the floor, place rugs and mats across your home. Especially, provide coverage in high-moisture areas like under the sinks and faucets and the entrances. This will act as an absorbing barrier between the dirty or wet sources and floors.
⇒ Give your plumbing system a regular check
One of the major causes of hardwood floor water damage is plumbing issues. Keep a regular check on your plumbing system to ensure no pipes are cracked or leaking.
Protecting hardwood from water requires promptness. Be quick when spills happen, clean properly without overwetting, and avoid placing wet objects. Ensuring regular sealing, repairing any damage, and monitoring humidity and plumbing issues will help avoid water damage to your hardwood floors.
Moreover, if you need any help maintaining your hardwood floors, our Sanding Wood Floors experts are always at your service.