When wood is exposed to excessive moisture, it will ‘cup’, meaning the edges of each plank or board will raise. If you notice this happening on your hardwood floors, it generally means that the hardwood floor still has a high moisture content (MC) and needs to continue to dry out to achieve a lower MC. Once hardwood flooring has dried, it will generally ‘crown’ which gives it a pillowed appearance.
Just about, everyone loves a hardwood floor. Whether it is a simple oak floor or a complex custom pattern, the rich variation in the color and the texture of wood add warmth, character and a feeling of substance to any home. And, with a little care, a good hardwood surface can last as long as the house it serves. The type of maintenance and cleaning your floors will require depends on the amount of use it sees. Low-use areas, such as bedrooms or a home office, may require only regular vacuuming and occasional damp mopping. High-traffic areas, like a kitchen or hall, may need a periodic re-coating or occasional sanding and refinishing.