It’s no secret that hardwood floors can make a space beautiful and functional. We all enjoy the inviting aura of natural colors and the rugged look of wood grain, not to mention the peace of mind that comes with a material as dependable as hardwood.
But if you’re considering hardwood floors for your St. Louis home, you probably also know that there are a few things that can seriously get in the way of experiencing total hardwood contentment. The team at Floor Coverings International Arch City knows that life will throw the unexpected at you, and that’s why we’ve put together this quick list of the three most common hazards to hardwood floors, along with some simple things you can do to minimize risk.
Hazard #1: Moisture
Because wood is porous, excessive moisture can warp hardwood boards and cause cosmetic damage – or in a worst-case scenario, create large gaps between boards that might require a complete floor replacement. Of course, most floors are coated with some kind of protective finish, but excessive water from weather, improper cleaning, or humidity can still result in expensive damage.
Solution: Be mindful of your cleaning habits. Rather than mopping with a big bucket of water, opt for a spray bottle. During humid months, monitor your hardwood floors for changes like raised edges and growing splits.
Hazard #2: Sand and Dirt
You can add “pets with long claws” and “kids riding skateboards through the kitchen” to this partial list of abrasive environmental factors. It might not seem like a big deal to track a little dirt into the house, but remember that every time someone moves dirt around the floor they’re essentially sanding it down just a little.
Solution: Avoid this hazard by dust-mopping regularly, and try to avoid sweeping if possible. Make a special station near the front door where people can ditch their dirty shoes.
Hazard #3: UV Light
This one might not be the most urgent, but it’s still good to keep in mind the fact that solar radiation can affect the appearance of hardwood. Varieties of cherry hardwood are especially well known for darkening over time if they’re exposed to regular sunlight.
Solution: Choose a UV resistant finish, limit direct light to the room, or make strategic use of area rugs.
Get Started Today
It is possible to live in harmony with your hardwood floors. All you have to do is be aware of the risks and plan accordingly. If you still have concerns or just want some advice from an expert, give us a call! Our team is proud to serve the greater St. Louis, MO area, and we’d be happy to provide a free, in-home consultation to help you troubleshoot any hardwood questions or concerns prior to installation. Contact us today to get started!
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