It’s August in Maryland, which means that the heat and humidity are just getting started. Whether you prefer to open the windows or run the air conditioning all season, the severe summer temperatures can take its toll on your hardwood flooring. Learn how to protect your flooring investment, and visit RPS Carpet and Flooring for more tips and tricks.
Measure the Humidity
Excessive humidity can cause your hardwood floors to shrink and expand, which leads to varying levels of damage. Flooring experts recommend that homeowners keep their humidity levels within 30 to 50% to protect their hardwood floors. Consider purchasing a thermo-hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home.
Summer is the perfect season to get outside! Dirt and grass can quickly accumulate on the hardwood floors, especially if you have young children who love to come and go throughout the day! Pay attention to your floors, and if you see a small mess, sweep it up or wipe it off with a moist cloth. Don’t wait until the mess becomes bigger to address it! Spot-cleaning during the day can save you hours of cleaning time each week.
Draw the Curtains
There’s nothing sweeter than the summer sun, but it can wreak havoc on your new floors. Just as you cover your skin with sunscreen when you go outside, you should also protect your hardwood floors from UV rays. To prevent fading and other damage, draw your curtains each morning to minimize direct sun exposure.
Whether you have a pool, sprinkler, or a few water balloons, it’s important to dry off before you go back inside. Remind your guests and children to dry off outdoors to avoid damaging the floors with water! Keep towels in the pool house or mudroom and designate those areas as “drying” stations after a swim.
Questions? RPS Flooring is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to care for your new floors, we here at RPS Flooring are here to help. Our trained professionals will answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call or come and visit our showroom to check out our selection of commercial and residential flooring options. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been working on, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.