Wood fibers swell when they absorb water, which can damage floors and their finish. When water gets into your floor, it can alter floorboard dimensions, cause discoloration, and lead to mold build-up between boards.
Floors in kitchens and entranceways are particularly subject to getting wet. Special care must be taken with wood floors in these locations to maintain recommended humidity and temperature levels and prevent water from getting on the floor.
Never use large amounts of liquid or water to clean wood floors, and never use a saturated mop.
Wipe up spilled water, liquids, or detergents before they are absorbed by the wood fibers.
Place floor mats at each doorway and in front of the sink, dishwasher, and work areas in the kitchen.
Place leakproof saucers under your plants to avoid accidental spills. Choose pots with a waterproof glaze rather than porous clay pots that may let water through.