One of the biggest design trends of 2017 is sustainability. Going green is infiltrating every aspect of our lives, not just in interior design, but in our entire lifestyle. Houseplants are a great step towards green living; however, you need to take steps to protect your hardwood floors from houseplants.

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Living green is about minimizing your carbon footprint, reducing energy, and being conscious of the materials you use in your home. The most sustainable flooring choice is hardwood flooring. With the right wood, the right finish, and the proper installation, hardwood floors are incredibly durable. Moisture is one of the biggest threats to hardwood floors, and houseplants come with a lot of moisture, so, for that reason, here’s how you can enjoy houseplants and maintain the beauty of your hardwood floors.

Prevent water damage from houseplants

Unless you have so many plants in your home that you live in a rainforest, your floors won’t be affected by the moisture that plants produce. The moisture that you provide your plant, however, could create severe water damage to your hardwood floors. One could argue that it isn’t the plant that’s a danger to your floors; it’s the pot in which it stands. Always place a protective layer between the potted plant and your hardwood floors.

Protective barrier between pot and floor

Protecting hardwood floorsPlants need moisture, but they need that moisture to drain and not puddle around the roots, just like it would in nature. When you place a plant on the floor, make sure that the pot has air holes to allow water to seep away from the roots of the plant. As the water escapes the pot, make sure it has a place to go that isn’t directly into your hardwood floors.

Heated floors and potted plants

You also have to watch for the creation of condensation that can result in damage to your floors. Condensation is created when hot air hits a cool surface. The unfortunate consequence of placing a cool potted plant on top of a heated floor could be condensation, so watch the type of material of your potted plants before you place them on your floors.

Hardwood flooring experts in Colorado

If your hardwood floors suffer from water damage, schedule a free consultation with a hardwood flooring expert to find the right solution. We’ll have your hardwood floors looking new in no time.