You hope to minimize the amount of money you spend on floor restoration and repair in Palo Alto (or elsewhere). Here’s one simple tactic: pay attention to maintenance needs, particularly during “good weather” — a.k.a. the summer months.

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After all, although Bay Area summers are wonderfully mild and refreshing, subtle damage that happens during July, August, etc — particularly during hot and humid days — can exact an annoying toll on your floors and jack up later maintenance and repair costs. With that in mind, here are several tips for summer maintenance for your San Jose hardwood floors.

1. Mind the dangers of expanding and contracting.

On sweltering days, the humidity and moisture in the air can cause floors to buckle, expand, etc. Some movement is natural and inevitable. But too much movement can lead to cracking and warping. If you go out of town on a long trip or vacation, leave your dehumidifier and AC running on a modified setting to protect those floors.

2. Watch out for sun discoloration.

Natural sunlight can be a wonderful thing – it can boost your vitamin D levels naturally, for instance. But when wood floors soak up too much sun, they can become discolored and even damaged. Consider closing the drapes or shades for at least a few hours a day to protect floors from too much brutal sunlight.

3. Reign in sand damage.

If you own a beachside home – or a home near the water – you may need to contend with sand, mud, and other debris tracked into the home on a regular basis. If not properly controlled, the grit can wear down the floor, create homes for insects, and lead to mold and mildew issues.

4. To deal with your summer floor maintenance, connect with the team here at Elegant Floors.

We can help you understand not only what to do to keep your floors looking beautiful during the Dog Days but also equip you with insights into wood floor maintenance, so that you save money and time over the long-term.

Call or email us via our contact form for a free estimate: 650-961-1339.

San Jose Hardwood Floors: Your Summer Maintenance Guide