We’ve installed a hardwood floor in our sun room which is loaded with plants. Other than using saucers to catch the water, is there anything else we can do to protect our new floor from water damage?
It sounds like you’re taking a good first step in protecting your wood floors from water damage by using saucers under your potted house plants. Remember to promptly dry up any liquid that get spilled when you water your plants, and keep an eye out for over flowing saucers shortly after watering. Placing your pots on a rubber backed rug, or a larger tray like this boot tray can also help protect your floors from water damage.
In addition to water damage, there are a couple of other ways house plants could damage your hardwood floors. Soil from house plants can scratch your new wood floors. Remember to sweep up regularly around your plants to protect your finish. Try to avoid sliding your pots across the floor, and use felt furniture slides on the bottoms of saucers and trays to prevent scratches.
Finally, remember that certain plant pests like scale bugs can also damage the finish on your floor. These tiny insects secrete a sticky substance called honeydew that can be very difficult to remove from finished wood surfaces without sanding. Keep an eye out for insect pests and if possible, remove any infested plants to another part of your house until you get rid of the bugs.
I hope these tips help you get a lot of enjoyment out of your new floors!