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Wood Floors in the Summertime

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How to Avoid Summer Moisture Issues with Wood Floors

Summer is a season to unwind and relax, but it is not a good time for your hardwood floors. The heat and humidity of summer can cause wood floors to expand, contract, and even crack if appropriate measures are not taken. As we approach the summer season, it’s essential to learn how to avoid moisture issues with your wood floors and keep them in good shape to go through the next seasons. In this blog post, we will provide some tips to help you avoid summer moisture issues with your wood floors.

 Keep the Surface Dry

The first step to avoiding moisture issues during summer is to ensure your wood floors remain dry. Ensure you mop up any water spills immediately and remove any traces of humidity or moisture on the floor’s surface. Summer is a season when condensation can build up easily, so make sure to install a dehumidifier and turn on the air conditioning to lower the humidity levels in your home.

 Use Area Rugs

The summertime often calls for more time spent outside and increased traffic in and out of your home, which can track in dirt, sand, and grit onto your wood floors. To minimize the impact of this, use area rugs, runners, or mats to cover the high-traffic areas. This will not only keep your wood floors looking clean but also protect them from damage.

 Keep Windows Closed or Covered

The sun’s heat during summer can cause wood floors to expand, leading to gaps or cracks in the floorboards. To avoid this, keep your windows closed or covered during the hot daytime hours. If possible, also add curtains or shades in these areas to block direct sunlight from entering your home.

 Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your wood floors throughout the year is essential, but it becomes more important during summer. Conduct a deep cleaning on your wood floors periodically using the appropriate cleaning solution to keep them in good shape. Additionally, use a flooring sealant or wax at least once a year to protect and safeguard your wood floors from any possible harm.

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In conclusion, wood floors are excellent for creating a warm and cozy ambiance in your home, but they need special care during the summertime. By following the above tips and taking preventive measures, you can ensure your wood floors remain well-maintained and free of moisture damage throughout the summer season. Remember, always work with a professional flooring company to help you with any hardwood floor issues you might encounter. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

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