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How to Protect Your Wood Floors From Water Damage

Jason Brown Protect Wood Floors from Water Damage

It’s a good idea to know ways in which you can protect your wood floors from water damage in order to maintain their aesthetic and integrity.

Wood floors add warmth, beauty, and elegance to any home. However, they are vulnerable to water damage, which can lead to warping, cupping, and irreversible harm. To preserve the integrity of your wood floors and maintain their longevity, it’s crucial to implement effective water damage prevention measures.

Choose the Right Finish

Selecting the appropriate finish for your wood floors is the first line of defense against water damage. Oil-based finishes are a popular choice for their protective properties. Ensure that the finish you choose creates a barrier that resists water penetration, preventing it from seeping into the wood fibers.

Install a Moisture Barrier

A moisture barrier is crucial in safeguarding wood floors from water damage. Before installing your wood floors, place a moisture barrier beneath them to block moisture from rising through the subfloor. This simple step can significantly reduce the risk of water-related issues.

Area Rugs and Mats

Place strategically positioned area rugs and mats in high-risk areas, such as entryways and kitchens. These enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home and serve as a protective layer, preventing water from reaching the wood floors. Make sure to choose rugs with non-slip backing to avoid accidental slips.

Wipe Spills Promptly

Accidents happen, and spills are inevitable. The key is to address them promptly. Keep a stash of absorbent towels or microfiber cloths handy, and wipe up any spills immediately. This prevents water from seeping into the wood and causing damage.

Maintain Proper Humidity Levels

Wood is sensitive to changes in humidity. Excessively dry conditions can cause wood to shrink, while high humidity can lead to expansion and warping. Invest in a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels in your home. Keep levels between 35% and 55% to maintain the stability of your wood floors.

Consider installing a dehumidifier in areas prone to high humidity, such as basements. This appliance helps regulate moisture levels, reducing the risk of wood floor damage. Regularly empty the dehumidifier’s reservoir to prevent water overflow.

Seal Gaps and Cracks

Inspect your wood floors regularly for any gaps, cracks, or openings. Seal these immediately using an appropriate wood filler or sealant. By closing these gaps, you prevent water infiltration, ensuring the longevity of your wood floors.

Be Mindful of Pet Bowls

If you have pets, be cautious about placing their water bowls directly on the wood floor. Accidental spills and splashes can occur, leading to water damage over time. Consider placing a waterproof mat beneath the pet bowls to contain any potential mess.

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