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Common Wood Floor Problems and Their Solutions

Wood floors have been a popular flooring option for centuries. This is because they’re durable, they’re comfortable and they’re attractive. They’re also an investment, just like the rest of your house, so taking care of them is important. However, there will be times when they react to the environment or wear. Here are some common issues homeowners may face with their wood flooring as well as solutions.

Warping

Nothing stands out more than warped floors. If the floor is buckling upward, the cause is too much moisture. The floor could have been installed when it was too dry, or there is moisture collecting beneath the flooring in the basement or crawl space. Correct any moisture issues. The flooring may be salvageable if the grooves weren’t damaged.

Stains

Staining on wood floors is caused by moisture and pets. The stains are usually discoloration of the finish so they will have to be sanded and refinished. If pets were the cause of the staining, wood bleach will remove the stain and the odor, but it should be applied to the flooring in the entire room to ensure a consistent finish.

Scratches and Dents

There’s nothing you can do but refinish your floors once it has scratches and dents, but you can take preventative measures by placing a protective layer of felt between your furniture legs and your floor.