How To Care For Your Hardwood Floors During The Summer Months

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I found this great article about caring for hardwood floors in the summertime.
Every year, we look forward to the warm summer months. July and August bring trips to the beach, Summer BBQ’s, sudden storms, and days spent by the pool. We take care to protect our skin from the summer heat, but you might be surprised how high temperatures and sunlight are affecting your hardwood floors, too.

Living room

 

The Doormat Difference
Remember during the winter season, when you made sure that everyone wiped their shoes on the doormat so no snow, ice, or dirt got tracked inside? Those doormats will come in handy during the summertime as well.

Shade over Sunlight
When we forget to apply ample sunscreen during the summer months, we feel the burn. Those same UV rays are no friend to our pristine hardwood floors. Discoloration is the last thing we want for our Brazilian cherry or mahogany planks, but that’s exactly what can happen from direct sunlight. Wood floors will also age faster from overexposure. Hardwood floors love the shade just like we do, so make sure to use curtains and blinds in these rooms.

 
Design Tip: Add curtains or drapery with vibrant colors and patterns to keep rooms feeling summery and lively, even when keeping the sun out.

Comfortable living room

 

The Right Way to Clean
It’s not summer without backyard cookouts,  BBQs, and block parties. Hosting means cleaning, and some people have the misconception that the right way to clean hardwood floors includes polish and wax. In reality, vacuuming with a floor attachment is the best way to care for your hardwood. You actually want to avoid using wax, oil-based cleaners, and acidic floor cleaners.

Keep Humidity at Bay
Here’s a summer tip for hardwood floors that you may have never considered: use a dehumidifier. Nobody enjoys the high humidity levels during the summer, and that includes our hardwood surfaces. A dehumidifier will vastly decrease the possibility of your planks warping or cracking. The benefits far outweigh the cost, and you can continue using the humidifier function during the cold winter months.

 

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