Hardwood floor care: Things you should know to help properly maintain your wood floors and help it perform at it's best. With the wrong knowledge, your wood floors can be short-lived. Avoid making the same mistakes as other homeowners. Follow these instructions for a piece of mind.
Wood is a natural. Maintaining moisture is part of hardwood floor care. It's a breathable material. It reacts to it's environment and surrounding conditions. It will gain and lose moisture until it reaches it's equilibrium. The point where it will not gain or lose moisture, just like a sponge would. In dry conditions, such as winter, the heat is always on, so, wood will dry out and gaps will appear. How large of a gap? Depends on the width and cut of the flooring. In the summer, the humidity is high, so, those gaps close up, which is normal. Seasonal gaps are normal. To minimize movement, you will need to control the indoor relative humidity. This can be by adding a de/humidifier in the home or just the areas that is affected, to help combat expanding and contracting. Relative humidity should be between 30-50% and room temperature should be between 60-80 degrees fahrenheit. Which is the ideal normal living conditions.
What to expect overtime? Overtime you will experience squeaking, movement and gapping that do no close. Call an experienced hardwood flooring installer to make the proper repairs. Home remedies are only temporary and will not last. Call a pro for a permanent fix.
These are just general floor care instructions and tips. Caring for film finish, oil or wax wood floor finishes will differ. Always check with the manufacturer's for information on how to clean and care for your wood floors to ensure the best performance. For more information you can visit NWFA.org