How to Properly Care for Your Floors in Any Climate
Seasonal weather changes, and your attempts to counter them, will affect your floors. The conditions and the type of flooring you have will alter your needs to counter the myriad issues you will face. Here are some of the ways you can take care of your floors in any climate.
According to Consumer Reports, wood is the most popular flooring choice for Americans. It is an attractive option but can be challenged by harsh weather. For example, low humidity causes wood to dry out and that could mean splintering or splitting along the grain. High humidity creates its own problems, the main one being too much moisture in the wood causing warping or cupping.
An easy way to combat humidity is to use a humidifier when it is dry or air conditioning when wet. A good way to protect your floors in either case is a quality finish.
Harder flooring types are less susceptible to humidity, which is why tile is a popular choice for kitchens and baths. These high-traffic areas create other problems, of course. It is possible for humidity to cause buckling of porous ceramic tiles. Having proper joints between tiles can prevent this.
Rain and snow can cause havoc on floors and not just because of moisture. Rain is often accompanied by mud and snow can bring with it salt and sand. This can be awfully tough on floors. To fight back, you should consider a proactive approach. The University of West Florida says that 80 percent of dirt comes in on people’s shoes. Mats at entry ways can help prevent the dirt (or snow and ice) from reaching your floors in the first place.
Mud and dirt associated with rain and snow necessitate more frequent cleanings of your floor. Floor sealers and finishes can help keep stains from appearing. Know what kind of cleaners are appropriate for your floors. A rinse with clean water might be necessary to avoid problems with harmful chemicals in some cleaning solutions. If you are in a heavy snow area, you might consider purchasing squeegees.
Carpets present you with a difficult challenge. You must keep carpets dry, in addition to keeping them clean. Mold and mildew can set in on wet carpets.
Regardless of your flooring types, you will be faced with challenges in any climates. Advanced planning will be a boon in caring for your floors. Know what works for your floors ahead of time and what kinds of climate you are likely to be faced with.