Maintaining Hardwood Floors: Tips for Customers

When you’re talking to customers about hardwood flooring, it’s just as important to relay how to take care of their floors after the install as it is to decide what’s going in in the first place.

With the changes in weather we’ve been having, it’s a great opportunity to tell people some tips on how to keep their floors looking their best. Here are a few things for them to keep in mind:

  • Adjust the temperature in your house incrementally. Large shocks or changes in temp may affect moisture levels that could contribute to gaps and cupping.
  • Keep an eye on humidity levels. Whether your average humidity is 10% or 40%, it’s important to keep it consistent.  Hardwood flooring is just like a human.  If it feels overly dry or overly humid to you, your floor is feeling it too.  Simple hygrometers from the hardware store can help you familiarize yourself with what your home is doing.
  • Purchase a humidifier for your home. The arid southwest is definitely more dry than other parts of the country, so having a humidifier that puts moisture back into the air can help keep your flooring at the moisture content it should be.