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    How Humidity Affects Hardwood Floors

    natural wood floorHardwood floors are a natural product that adds class and warmth to any home. Wood naturally responds to temperature and humidity, which can cause it to deteriorate, if not properly cared for. A well maintained hardwood floor lasts a lifetime. It is important to understand how humidity can affect your hardwood and what you can do to extend the life of your hardwood flooring.

    Seasonal Shifts

    During winter, homes are heated which means the air is dryer than normal. The wood flooring then gives up some of the moisture kept in the boards and shrinks. This can cause gaps between planks of wood. During summer, the humidity can rise substantially. The wood absorbs the moisture and those gaps disappear. The edges may actually rise out of the center. If this occurs, don’t fret. As long as no moisture is kept on the wood, the wood will restore it’s natural moisture balance and flatten.

    Controlling Humidity

    There are a few simple steps that you can take to prevent too much moisture from being absorbed by your hardwood. Overall you want to control the humidity level in your home. You can also keep your wood clean by using a cloth that is only lightly damp with a wood cleaning product. Never clean your wood using water or a water based cleaner on a regular basis. Do not let water or liquid sit on your wood floor for any length of time. It can cause warping that will further deteriorate your finish. If you are finding that your wood is still warping a bit, consider purchasing a dehumidifier for your home.

    If you have questions about taking care of your hardwood floor, or you need a hardwood floor repair or installation, call the experts at D&R flooring. Dial 972-625-4100 and schedule your appointment today!



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