Is it Safe to Use A Humidifier With Laminate Flooring?

By thewriteDuffy •  Updated: 12/08/23 •  5 min read

Since laminate flooring is sensitive to humidity fluctuations, asking whether a humidifier can cause damage to laminate is a reasonable question.

So, is it safe to use a humidifier on laminate flooring? The short answer is, Yes, humidifiers will not damage your laminate floors. However, both high and low humidity can damage laminate flooring, so manufacturers recommend humidity levels between 40% and 60%, so you’ll want to maintain those levels to avoid any damage, and take a few other precautions to protect your floors, which I’ll cover below.

Benefits of a Humidifier for Laminate Flooring

Using a humidifier can actually help prevent your indoor environment from becoming too dry for your laminate, especially during the winter months when your heating system reduces humidity.

Proper humidity levels help prevent drying problems such gaps and cracks between laminate floorboards.

Bubbling laminate flooring planks damaged moisture.
Bubbling laminate flooring planks damaged moisture.

On the flip side, while dryness can be an issue, excessive moisture can also harm your laminate flooring. If humidity levels are too high (above 60%), laminate flooring can absorb excess moisture and swell, warp, or blister.

Potential Pitfalls of Running a Humidifier in a Room with Laminate Flooring

As we’ve discussed there is an optimum humidity level for laminate flooring of between 40% and 60%. Going above or below these levels can lead to problems and damage to your laminate.

Excessive humidity can cause the edges of laminate floors to curl upwards, a phenomenon called “cupping.” This deformation occurs when the edges absorb more moisture than the center of the board. Cupping can cause uneven surfaces and damage.

Low humidity can cause the laminate plates to shrink and create gaps between them. Not only do these gaps look unsightly, but they also tend to collect dust and dirt, making maintenance difficult.

How to Avoid Humidifier Damage to Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring consists of a layer of wood and a protective top layer. The woody layer can expand or contract due to changes in humidity. Therefore, maintaining proper humidity levels is important to maintain the integrity of your laminate floor.

This all makes it important to understand how moisture affects laminate floors and how to properly use a humidifier to prevent potential problems.

Here’s what you need to know about using a humidifier in rooms with laminate floors:

Maintain Ideal Humidity Levels

As mentioned earlier, laminate floors perform well in environments with relative humidity between 40% and 60%.

This range prevents the flooring from drying out too much and potentially causing cracking and shrinkage.

Don’t Put Your Humidifier Directly On Your Laminate Floor

In general, it is not recommended to place humidifiers directly on laminate floors for several reasons:

Severely bubbled laminate floor from a water leak.
Severely bubbled laminate floor from a water leak.

How to Use a Humidifier with Laminate Floors The Right Way

Here are some simple tips to use your humidifier in a room with laminate flooring in such a way that any damage is unlikely:

Conclusion: Your Humidifier is Welcome

Wrapping it up, using a humidifier with laminate flooring is generally safe, as long as you stick to a few key guidelines. Remember, maintaining a balanced humidity level between 40% and 60% is crucial. This sweet spot helps prevent the laminate from drying out and cracking or absorbing excess moisture and swelling.

It’s also smart to avoid placing the humidifier directly on the laminate. Instead, set it on a waterproof surface or stand and consider a tray or mat underneath for extra protection. Keep an eye on the humidity with a hygrometer and stay on top of humidifier maintenance to prevent leaks. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the benefits of a humidifier without worrying about damaging your beautiful laminate floors. Stay informed, stay prepared, and you’ll keep your home comfortable and your floors in top shape.

thewriteDuffy

At home, April is a mom, wife, and DIY darling. Among other home projects, she helped her husband Dan renovate their 1986 bungalow and is currently designing and decorating the 2023 custom home they are building themselves. Professionally, April is a writer, author, and online marketer with 15 years of experience writing for newspapers and magazines, building online authority websites, and publishing books.