An attractive feature of many homes that brings a sense of rich warmth and luxurious style is wood flooring. When compared to other types of flooring, they require extra care. Water is one of the biggest enemies of wood and you need to take some care to prevent water damage from occurring. With this in mind, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share some water damage prevention tips. It can be difficult and expensive to repair the damage once the water has damaged a wood floor. Prevention is always simpler and cheaper than water damage repair.
What Do You Cover Hardwood Floors With?
Throughout the home, placing area rugs, mats, and runners on the wood floors is another excellent way people prevent water damage. If in the event you have wood flooring in areas where water is common, such as at your home’s entrances or in the kitchen or bathroom, this is especially important. Where people often eat and drink, put a beautiful area rug under the dining room table. In order to keep wet shoes from damaging wood floors, place mats with a waterproof backing, ideally rubber mats, at the entrances. You can protect your floors from splashing water by using a mat on wood flooring near sinks as well.
Maintain Plumbing System
Check for leaks in your crawl space, basement, and anywhere else there are water pipes periodically. Additionally, inspect beneath appliances like your washing machine, refrigerator, dishwasher, and sinks. There are many places where water damage can occur out of sight, and it is up to you to be vigilant in looking for such places.
One of the most common causes of flooring damage is an undiscovered leaking pipe that drips onto wooden floors. Significant damage can already be done by the time these leaks are discovered. Get them professionally corrected right away should you discover any such leaks or plumbing issues.
Quick Hardwood Flooring Clean Ups
Even if your floors are sealed, clean up spills as soon as they happen. Sealants does not make your wood floors waterproof, but only water resistant, which gives you the short window of time to clean spills up before irreversible damage occurs. Don’t go overboard with the amount of liquid you use when you use liquid cleaners on spills or mop your floors. There’s no need for buckets or mops that are dripping wet a damp cloth is usually sufficient for cleaning.
Ensure Hardwood is Properly Sealed
Making sure the wood is properly finished and sealed in the first place is one of the best things you can do to prevent wood floor water damage. A high-quality sealant protects them from scratches, markings, stains, and water damage in addition to enhancing their appearance. Before they penetrate the protective coating and damage the wood, sealants like polyurethane give floors a solid layer of protection that will give you time to clean up spills. It’s important to remember that sealants don’t make floors waterproof; instead, they make them water-resistant, as we mentioned.