Your hardwood floor represents a significant value to your home. If you bought the home with those floors in place, they added so much class and atmosphere that those floors may have been one of the things that helped you want to buy the house. If you installed hardwood floors, you know the investment you made. You also know how much your quality of life has been enhanced by those beautiful floors. So as much as they enhance your life, it makes sense you want to take care of them buy learning to clean, maintain and from time to time to refinish your hardwood floors.
Floors, even beautiful ones, sustain damage sometimes. When your hardwood floor is damaged, you have a choice between (a) just leave it that way (b) fix it or (c) pull it out and put in a new floor. Obviously, option (b) is preferable. It isn’t acceptable to just let the damaged part of the floor stay that way. Not only is that unsightly, it isn’t good for the floor. And it is too costly to replace the flooring every time there is an accident or something causes part of the flooring to need work. So it pays to have some knowledge and resources ready to go when you do need to take action to get that beautiful hardwood flooring back into perfect conduction.
A floor is made to be walked on. So you will not be able to avoid small scratches from showing up in the wood from time to time. The key is to keep an eye on the floor so a small scratch doesn’t get a chance to become a big problem. In most cases, a scratch that is noticeable enough to be seen while standing up can still be removed with color sticks and other repair kits you can get from the flooring supplier. Keep those on hand and where you can get to them because you will use them often.
Humidity Related Damage
A wood floor is not a inert thing like concrete or tile. Wood breathes and moves with shifts in the sub floor. Humidity will cause the wood in your floor to push up and even buckle somewhat as the floor reacts to the climate. In many cases the gaps and shifts in how the floor looks because of humidity are temporary. If you just wait for the climate to change, those flaws will vanish and your floor will return to normal. This is just routine in learning to live with a hardwood floor.
However if the severity of the movement in the flooring causes the planks to push up and crack or dislodge the nails that secure the flooring to the base, you may need to take action to fix the problem before it gets worse. Some advice from your flooring installer will help you know what to do if you want to take on the repair yourself. Sometimes its best to keep that installer on call to perform some more complicated repairs for you.
Just as you do when you have a fine rug, you should try to keep family or guests from eating or drinking anything in the room that could cause a serious stain in the event of a spill. But even in the most careful homes, stains to a hardwood floor are inevitable. First of all, clean up the spill quickly before the substance has a chance to stain the wood itself.
But if the stain “takes”, the most extreme measure you may have to take is to refinish that section of your hardwood flooring. Learn the exact color and brand of the stain that was used to create the look of your floor and keep some on hand. Your flooring supplier will have a spot refinishing kit and instructions that can be provided to you so you know how to take on the project of fixing the part of the floor that was damaged.
Split Planks and Damaged Sections
If a plank of the floor becomes loose, before you take drastic action, you might simply use a hammer to gently tap down the plank that came loose. In many cases this works. But because wood is subject to damage, the planks could split or become broken if something is dropped on them. In those cases, you may need to replace one of the planks of the flooring and then refinish the floor so the repaired part is not noticeable.
If you have a flair for doing this kind of thing yourself, your Flooring Company, installer or supplier may be able to guide the repair. But if you want the job done so there is no margin for mistakes, contract the repair out to the installer who put the floor in or with a specialist who is skilled at fixing wood floors. It is more costly to pay to have the floor repaired from time to time. But by taking good care of your beautiful floor, you can expect to get many years of life from that floor for home and see it stay beautiful as long as you live in the home.