Three tips to prevent hardwood flooring moisture damage

Three tips to prevent hardwood flooring moisture damage

Moisture, including humidity and spills, can badly damage hardwood flooring and the subfloor beneath it. Being vigilant about possible problems and meticulous about your floor's care is worth the effort.

Indoor City in Lancaster, PA, provides for all homeowner flooring needs. Our services include advice to help you keep your wood flooring in tip-top shape. 


Outside air tends to dry wood flooring during the winter and add moisture during the summer. 

Therefore, if you want to reduce floor issues, it makes sense to facilitate ventilation and air infiltration as much as possible.

In addition to insulating under-floor spaces like crawlspaces, locate and mitigate cold and hot spots that can be found throughout your home.

Temperature/humidity level

It’s normal for planks to expand and contract with fluctuations in temperature, and these small changes in plank size are accommodated when the flooring is installed. Sudden indoor climate changes, though, may cause problems.

With wood flooring, it’s prudent to maintain a home temperature between 60 and 80 degrees with a relative humidity range of 35 percent to 55 percent.

Hardwood flooring maintenance

It's important to routinely remove dirt and debris that can mar a wood floor's surface, clean up spills immediately, and use the proper cleaning tools. Liquid cleaners for hardwood flooring, warm water, and a microfiber mop are best.

The importance of outdoor and indoor door mats to remove dirt and moisture can't be overestimated. You may also want to establish a shoe-free home.

Visit us for your hardwood flooring needs

Family-owned Indoor City refinishes hardwood floors, and we install new wood floors in Lancaster, PA, and other locales found in these counties: Lancaster, Lebanon, York, Dauphin, and Berks.

Free in-home estimates and design consultation are a few perks you enjoy when shopping at our showroom in Lancaster. Please stop by today or call for details about our shop-at-home service for your hardwood flooring upgrade!