It’s almost that time of the year for us Michiganders. Barbeques, swimming, bon fires and running around in the grass in our bare feet. That’s right, it’s almost summer!!
But as we all know, summer brings humidity, and if you’ve got wood floors, you should already know that HEAVY humidity is not a friend of wood floors. But don’t let the summer humidity scare you away from purchasing some beautiful new hardwood floors. With a few easy steps, you can prevent any damage to your hardwood floors, and we’d like to explain how.
Get Rid Of that Moisture!!
As we mentioned earlier, moisture and wood floors don’t get along. If you’ve got a basement, it can quickly become a tropical rain forest in the hot summer months, so start by controlling the moisture in the basement. A dehumidifier is a great option to control the moisture in the basement.
You also want to be sure you are keeping as much moisture from the outdoor humidity out of your home as possible. So make sure your insulation within your home is up to date and you aren’t letting any moisture in around your windows.
Another great little trick is to strategically place fans throughout the home to prevent moisture from settling on your hardwood floors. And of course, using air conditioning is a great way to avoid having the windows open during those hot, humid summer months.
With hardwood floors, it’s all about consistency. The more you can create a consistent environment, the better off your floors will be. The transition from the dry winter months to the humid spring and summer months is where you will need to use these little tricks. The average humidity that is ideal for hardwood floors is typically between 35% and 55%. So by using the little tricks we mentioned above, you should easily be able to create a consistent environment within your home to keep your hardwood floors safe and beautiful.