Monsoons are not friendly with the Wooden Flooring. Be it the low maintenance Laminate Floor or the costly Engineered Wood or even the real hard wood.
All these wooden floorings – Laminate, Engineered or Hardwood may get damaged in monsoon if proper care is not taken.
Here are few tips to protect your wood floor in the monsoons.
1. Always have at least two door mats at the entrance of the room where wooden floor is installed.
2. When it is raining please make sure that all the windows are closed.
3. Check all water drainage pipes and holes to be clear. Specially those which are near the room where wooden flooring has been installed. If the holes and pipes are chocked the entire water may enter the room causing serious damage to the floor.
4. While entering the room please clean your shoes thoroughly. Make sure they are fully dry. Better will be if you leave the wet shoes and use separate shoes/sleepers for indoors.
5. Do not put the door mat on the wooden floor; they should be off the wooden floor, especially in monsoon. The moisture may get trapped between the mat and the floor which may cause damage to the floor.
6. Regularly check the door mat. It should not be wet. A wet mat instead of protecting the floor will be more harmful for the wooden floor.
7. If you are in heavy rain area, you can put some silicon paste under the wood floor at the entrance. This will work as an effective barrier for water to enter under the floor. This should be done professionally.
8. Unfortunately if water enters the room. Follow following steps:
a) First identify the area from where the water is entering. Stop the water from entering the room.
b) Now take a water absorbing cloth and soak the water from the floor.
c) Keep soaking the water from the floor.
d) Be gentle while removing the water. Do not rub the cloth harshly; this may cause damage to the floor.
e) Switch on the fan and let the floor dry. If you have AC with dehumidifier it will also help. Open the windows (if it is not raining) and let the floor dry. Our effort should be to remove as much moisture as possible. If you have some better option for removing the moisture, please do try that also and also let us know.
9. In case the water gets logged into the room for long, please follow the steps in point no. 8 and take professional help. If you have a good quality laminate floor the flooring contractor/installer will recommend you to remove the floor, dry it fully in indoor (do not put the floor in sunlight) and reinstall using some additional flooring material.