When we outfit our homes, and as we grow into and upgrade our spaces, we want to make investments in products which will stand the test of time. Hardwood flooring is just that – a quality investment which will give you and your family years of enjoyment. However, there are a few things you should know about caring for that investment and ensuring the longevity of your floors.
Monaghan Lumber suggest there a few golden rules when it comes to taking care of your hardwood – the most important being “keep water to a minimum!” We all want clean floors but less is more when comes to cleaning hardwood. Brooms and vacuums are best for everyday cleaning, for wet cleaning make sure the cleaning solution is PH neutral and recommended for hardwood flooring. Avoid mops or cloths that will leave excessive water sitting on the floor; and clean up wet spills quickly. Never steam clean.
Let’s talk about humidity. This is something that can make or break your experience with hardwood, and it is something we seldom consider in our home on a day-to-day basis. We think about warm and cold – but what about moisture level? Wood is a natural material and is affected by temperature and humidity changes. Your hardwood will thank you if you consider the conditions in your home and how they will affect your floors. The optimal humidity range for hardwood is between 40% and 50% relative humidity.
During the more humid seasons when humidity levels rise, floors can begin to cup – this is something which occurs across the width of the floorboard. Cupping is when the edges of the board are high and its centre is low, this means the wood is significantly expanding with nowhere to go and so the edges of the boards are crushed together, deforming the edges of each board.
Crowning is the opposite of cupping, where the centre of the board is higher than the edges – this is also caused by excessive moisture.
We also need to look at the opposite of high humidity, and that means when conditions are extremely dry. This can also wreak havoc on hardwood because when boards dry out cracks will appear. It is important to note that all hardwood endures some separation, but if you notice larger cracks appearing it is time to introduce some humidity. If you know your home is dry – especially in the winter months – consider installing a humidifier.
A hygrometer is an instrument used to measure the level of humidity present within an area. Monaghan Lumber highly recommends a hygrometer is used to monitor levels within your home to ensure the longest life of your hardwood.
With a large selection of hardwood in all sizes and finishes, Monaghan Lumber is your go-to store for all things hardwood related. They have the knowledge and know-how to talk you through all your questions and will set you up with the perfect brand of wood flooring. Hardwood is timeless; these are floors that will last generations.
Monaghan Lumber, 2129 Davis Road, Cavan Monaghan (Peterborough)
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