After the April showers come to the May flowers, they say. The forecast shows a sense of humour by telling us that although the spring weather outside is all about going out and taking long and enjoyable walks, we still have to spend the weekends inside the house because of the rainy weekends. Rainy weather is not only a mood killer for many of us that are already fed up with the bad weather and colder days, but also not particularly a friend to your polyurethane-finished wooden floor too.
As you may know, water and moisture are definitely not the best things that can happen to your wooden floor, no matter if newly installed or an older one, no matter if its polyurethane finish is just applied and highly water- and moisture-resistant, or it is already pretty worn off. Excess moisture, liquids poured directly on your wooden floor and humidity are the main reasons for a number of issues and problems that you and your wooden flooring may face and that are, for sure, not something that is easy to deal with. Warped planks, ballooning, cupping and gaps appearing, there are many accidents that may happen to your wooden floor and ruin its look and overall good condition.
The truth is that in an ideal world, shoes will be always off when entering the house. What can come along with your shoes and enter the house is not only excess rainwater on a rainy day but also a lot of dust and dirt on a normal day that will definitely occur the look of your wooden floor and its finish with time too. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world and with the rainy season upon us (or already here), we have to plan ahead and make some preparation for the well-being of our wooden floor prior to the rain.
The first thing you need to know is that there is no floor existing that is “waterproof”, there is no waterproof finish too. Some finishes, such as polyurethane, are highly water-resistant to some point, but definitely not going to save your floor in case of excess water and prevent some minor or major imperfections appearing. A well-finished and well-maintained wooden floor is actually going to survive a lot, without experiencing some major damages, but in a long-term and in general, floods of water have to be minimised as much as possible!
There are two types of polyurethane finish – oil-based and water-based. What you have to know about water-based polyurethanes is that get a bit yellow-ish over time, however, it doesn’t really make a difference on darker floors. Overall, if your floor is still shiny, then your polyurethane finish is in pretty good condition and doesn’t require special preparation for the season. If the shine and the overall look is poor, then your floor is most probably in need of refinishing. Water-based polyurethane dries much quicker that makes it more convenient, however, you need to work more quickly with it, so it is not a good option for DIY projects. However, if you are not entirely sure in your skills, or you just don’t have the time, you can always hire a professional company. The refinishing service won’t break the bank and will give you the peace of mind that your floor is well-protected to the end of the year.
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