The summer season is full of fun. There are so many events, lots of great outdoor activities to enjoy, and plentiful natural sunlight to get those feel-good brain chemicals flowing. Unfortunately for anyone with wood floors, summer isn’t always fun and games. There are some particular summer hazards to watch for in order to keep your wood floors in good condition.
A Lot More Water
The most significant and frequent threat to your wood floors in the summer is the presence of a lot more water than usual. This can be due to weather, such as excess rain at the beginning of the season. It’s also often due to children playing in a pool, sprinkler, or enjoying some other water-based recreational activity. They often focus on the fun and forget to bring a towel to dry off before coming back inside—this tends to lead to wet drips and footprints across your wood floors. Another way this happens is when you have pets that have been playing in the water. Lots of dogs love to run through sprinklers, bite the water coming out of the hose, and play in a kiddie pool. They shake off some of the water, but they certainly won’t be dry if they aren’t toweled off. They can track that water all throughout the house in a matter of seconds, so it’s best to be vigilant and dry them off thoroughly before letting them back inside.
Sunlight causes things to fade, wood floors included. If you have an area of your home that gets a lot of sunlight throughout the day, you will have to decide whether to let it be or close the blinds in the afternoon to keep your floors from fading. One of the conundrums with this issue is that it could potentially cause your floors to fade only in certain areas, making it so that only some of your floor is lighter while the rest stays the original color. Ultimately, you will have to make the call and decide what works best for you.
Humidity can become a problem in the summer, especially during the rainy season when there’s a lot of excess moisture in the air, and the temperature is high. If you have wood floors and you’re worried that the humidity in your home may be threatening to warp your wood floors, you can simply purchase a dehumidifier to pull some of that moisture out of the air in your home in order to protect your wood floors from damage. Just remember that too little moisture isn’t good either, so only use it when necessary.
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