It is common to have continuous rainy weather for days or even weeks in winter and spring in the West Coast of Canada. The warm and humid weather brings comfort for the residents, while the high moisture level also creates challenges for the maintainance of wooden floors, which are widely used in local housings. Here are a few tips for wooden floor maintainance during rainy seasons.
- Avoid leaving water on the floor. During rainy seasons, with already high humidity, it is best to avoid using wet mop to clean the floor to bring any excessive moisture. It is also recommended to turn on air ventilation regularly to take some moisture away from the house. If there is accidental water spill on the wooden floor, make sure to wipe the water completely right away before it percolates into gaps of the floor to cause deformation or mould.
- Avoid letting raindrops getting inside. During rainy seasons, the weather can be unpredictable, and heavy rain could come with little indication. Before leaving the house, it is recommended to tightly close all windows and doors to prevent the rain from leaking inside. If such incident happens, use cloth fabrics to absorb the water immediately. Do not use electric heaters to dry off the moisture or leave the floor exposed to direct sunlight as it might lead to deformations and cracks.
- Reuglarly wax the floor. Waxing is one of the most important methods of the maintainance of wooden floor. Wax can not only keep the floor look bright and shiny, but also help the floor repel water and extended its service life.
- Choose trusted wooden floors with high quality. Damp proof capability is a crucial index of wooden floors. The floor must endure, on top of erosion of moisture, continuous heating from below for months, which combined can easily cause the wood to shrink or expand. However, wooden floors with high quality are made of materials with high density and water resistance. After absorbing water, they expand at a much smaller scale than average, significantly decreasing the risk of deformation.