Q: I've seen a few posts talking about whether or not someone should install hardwood in the bathroom, but not a lot about how to live with it. I recently bought my first place and the bathroom is full hardwood. I was lucky enough to meet the seller who had it installed and he told my agent that it has some special seal and has never been an issue.
Well, fast forward to our third month in, and some of the wood around the seams is starting to look a bit wrinkled, and there may be some moderate warping around the shower. We are super careful about not leaving any water drops on the floor but it's frankly a bit of a headache. It's starting to look dull and I'm sure at this rate will be totally warped in no time.
What I'd love to know is if there is something we can do, like extra protective sealing or some magic stain that makes this flooring easier to live with? Is there something we can do on our own, or should we bring in an expert? Also, if it's already starting to look warn, am I screwed? The floor can't be more than a few years old as my unit is in a recent loft conversion.
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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