Warps happen. They result over time when the boards are exposed to moisture. As a contractor or retailer, you likely have customers asking you how they can remedy this situation. Not only is warping unsightly, it can also cause a tripping hazard in severe cases. It’s your job to educate the consumer about how they can prevent and treat warped hardwood floors. Here are some tips to recommend. The solution will depend on the extent and condition of the warping. The services of a professional flooring contractor will be needed in extreme cases; smaller areas of damage can be fixed through some DIY tricks.
Tiny warps can easily be fixed. In instances where the wood is fairly pliable, pat down the area really well with a wet cloth, then place a heavy object, such as a brick on top of it. Check in a couple of days to see if the warp is gone.
If that doesn’t work, it’s time to step it up a notch. This will likely involve replacement. The warped portion will have to be taken out and replaced with a piece of hardwood flooring in the same length, as well as the same type of hardwood. The wood boards will need to be secured with a gun or glue, then painted to match the stain of the other planks. Getting that uniform look so it matches seamlessly takes a trained eye and attention to detail.
These types of warps don’t go away no matter what the homeowner does, and can affect a large portion of the flooring surface. This can happen due to a number of factors, including age, significant water damage, or neglect over many years. This represents a major project to fix; basically ripping out the whole floor and replacing it with new hardwood flooring.
Now that the homeowner has replaced his hardwood floors, you can let him in on secrets of preventive maintenance. The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) says that polyurethane-finished floors require regular cleaning with a simple dust mop, broom or vacuum. If your hardwood floor has surface finishing, it’s not advised to wax it. It IS recommended to sweep or vacuum wood floors once a week to get dust and dirt off the surface. Moisture that is allowed to accumulate can lead to damage, discoloration, and warping, so a wet mop is not advisable. Always wipe up spills with a dry or slightly damp towel.
For those stubborn dirt spots, it’s best to use a hardwood floor cleaner with alcohol or vinegar in it, but not oils which can leave a greasy residue on the floors. The floor will thus have a dull finish and highlight every smudge that comes across it. Keep scratches from happening by placing soft felt or protector pads under the legs of your tables and chairs. To keep the sun’s harmful UV rays from fading the floors, it’s wise to use window treatments for shade and protection.
Can't find what you're looking for? Have a special installation question? Click on our Information Request questionnaire or call our customer service department at 800-423-5382 Monday thru Friday from 8am-5pm. We welcome your calls and inquiries.