26 Feb Protecting Your Investment: Extending The Longevity Of Your Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is a great option for adding warmth and style to your home, with many options that meet home décor trends.
Whether you decide on wide planks with sleek dark look, or narrow planks in a white oak finish, proper maintenance can extend the longevity of your floors and protect your investment.
Follow these basic maintenance rules and tips to keep your floors looking brand new.
1. Wipe up spills immediately. Wood fibers swell when they absorb water and liquids. This can cause damage to the wood and its finish, alter floorboard dimensions, and lead to mold build-up between boards.
2. Vacuum often. Small pebbles and sand can act as an abrasive to your flooring’s finish. Vacuum regularly and place mats near all exterior doors to trap abrasives while allowing the floor to breath.
3. Maintain relative humidity. Wood swells when it absorbs excess humidity and contracts when humidity levels fall. Maintain humidity between 40% and 50% to preserve the internal humidity of the wood.
With regular maintenance and repair if needed, your hardwood floors can last up to 100 years.
More maintenance information can be found Mercier Wood Flooring, an industry leader in factory finished flooring and one of Flooring By Design’s amazing hardwood floor suppliers.
If you decide hardwood floors aren’t for you, laminate and cork flooring are great alternative options that require less maintenance.