• 3 Ways to Prevent Wood Floor Gapping During the Winter

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    Don’t let the winter weather get the best of your wood flooring.

    You love your wood flooring, but in the winter, you might find gaps between the boards. Why does this happen and what can you do about it?

    What Causes Wood Floor Gapping?

    We all know air in the winter is drier than air in the summer. As the air cools and humidity levels drop, you can feel it in your skin, nose, throat, and even in your home. It's especially apparent if you have wood in your house, including wood flooring. Wood is prone to drying out when the moisture levels drop. What you'll see when this happens is cracking and splitting in wood furniture, moldings, and shelving, and gaps in your wood flooring.

    3 Ways to Prevent Wood Floor Gapping

    1. When deciding on materials for wood floors, choose narrower boards that will shrink less when it gets dry, and stable wood like oak, which also shrinks less with changes in moist levels.
    2. Manage the humidity level in your home with a whole-home humidifier that will allow you to keep the relative humidity levels higher.
    3. Take care of your wood floors with professional cleaning and treatment.

    If your floors are already in, it’s not practical to go back and choose different materials and redo your floors. But you can manage the humidity, and you can ensure your floors are getting professional TLC. Keeping wood floors clean can help keep dust and dirt from damaging and further drying out the surface, and polishing and waxing can help protect the wood from damage during the dry winter months.

    Don't neglect your floors in the winter. Contact our pros at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners to give your wood floors the extra attention they need during the coldest months of the year.

    By: Matt Lashway Thursday, February 08, 2018
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