We have briefly talked about mold and the effects that it can have on hardwood flooring. Mold can have a profound effect on the condition of your hardwood floors. At JRK Flooring, we specialize in cleaning, refinishing and repairing hardwood floors of all types and wood species. So let’s learn a bit about what mold can do to your floors and what you can do about it.

Mold Growth

The first thing that we need to talk about is reducing the possibility of mold growth. No matter how clean your home is, the possibility for mold growth is always there, given the right conditions. Mold thrives in wet, dark areas and is present in the air. There is virtually no way to get rid of mold in your home, aside from a super tight whole home air filtration system, which is beyond the reach of most homeowners. The only thing you can do to prevent mold growth is to remove the conditions upon which it will thrive; and no, getting rid of all the oranges isn’t going to cut it. To discourage mold growth, it is critical to keep the humidity in your home lower than 50 percent. This will keep the possibility of moisture collecting in areas that are ripe for producing mold. We all know that the humidity can be a bit high in the Kansas City area and it is advisable to run a dehumidifier to keep the air nice and dry. Dehumidifiers work by essentially pulling the moisture out of the air and many of the units feature a filter that will purify the air they return to the space. Rule number one for avoiding mold is to keep the moisture out of your home. Your A/C system will do a good job on its own but keeping you home humidity free is the key.

Mold on Floors

Visible mold on floors is generally not a big deal and if it is cleaned off quickly should not create any issues. Many times the mold will grow under items like flower pots or blankets left on the floor for an extended period of time. These create a nice warm, wet environment for mold to grow. The problem occurs when mold is left for an extended period of time in these conditions and can actually damage the sealer on the floor. This will lead to the mold taking hold in the actual grain of the wood. Once the mold is in the planks of the floor the next step is infiltration of the subfloor. When that happens major repairs are needed.

Mold Prevention

Aside from keeping your home’s humidity in check, your floors need to be properly sealed and maintained. In high traffic areas and areas that are susceptible to water like bathrooms and kitchens, the floors need to be in top condition to prevent mold. Having your floors refinished and redone on a regular basis is the key to keeping the wood protected from intrusions like mold and debris. An improperly sealed floor is just asking for trouble, and is a sure fire way to reduce the life of your floor. At JRK Flooring we recommend that you reseal and refurbish your floor every few years to extend the life of your investment. We have extensive experience with refinishing hardwood floors and we stand by our work. The process includes all necessary repairs in order to ensure even distribution of the sealant and reduce thin spots. Thin spots in the sealant can allow mold to penetrate the wood itself and start the degradation process. If you think you have an issue with mold, or potentially could have a problem, contact the hardwood flooring experts at JRK Flooring today.