Top 2 Reasons Why Your Kitchen Floor Sweats

Top 2 Reasons Why Your Kitchen Floor Sweats

A wet floor is a dangerous floor. This is why your kitchen floor gets sweaty and what you can do about it.

When kitchen floors feel slippery, “sweating” is often the reason why. The two main reasons that can cause a floor to sweat are high moisture levels and wet concrete floors.

Prevent your kitchen floor from turning into a slippery hazard! This is why sweating occurs and we also provide you with enough information to fix the problem.

The Top 2 Reasons Why Kitchen Floors Get Sweaty

What do we mean by a “sweaty floor”? Well, a sweaty floor has a wet feel. This moisture is not the result of things like spills and leaks. When a kitchen floor sweats, it almost looks as if a part of the floor – or the entire floor – has a thin and even film of moisture. Needless to say, wet tiles or vinyl (or even smooth hardwood) is not very safe. It also attracts dirt like a magnet.

Do you have a sweating kitchen floor? The first step is to find out what is causing it. Here are the two main reasons.

  1. High moisture levels.
  2. Wet concrete floors.

How High Moisture Levels Make Kitchen Floors Sweat

Top 2 Reasons Why Your Kitchen Floor Sweats
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In this section, we will look at how moisture can turn your floor slippery, under which circumstances it happens and how you can fix it. 

When water vapour or moisture gathers in a room, it is usually due to hot water or high humidity. Eventually, droplets condense on smooth and cold surfaces. The latter usually include mirrors, tiles, and faucets. Here are the top tips to get rid of foggy bathroom mirrors.

Under which circumstances does a kitchen floor sweat from high moisture levels?

  1. The day is muggy or you live in a high-humidity area.
  2. There is an artificial source of steam (like cooking, boiling water, and ironing).

Dealing With High Humidity Days And Regions

You must have felt high humidity before. During a bad day, it almost feels as if there is wetness in the air. Your clothes are clingy and you might even feel ill. See how high humidity can affect your health.

When high humidity is due to the weather or the region that you live in, you might need a more permanent solution. In this case, you could invest in a good dehumidifier. But we understand that sometimes kitchen space is limited and you cannot add another large appliance. If you want a smaller option, here are the best mini dehumidifier reviews.

A dehumidifier will help to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and prevent your kitchen floor from sweating. 

There Is An Artificial Source Of Steam Or Vapour

Kitchens see a lot of steam. We boil kettles multiple times a day. Pots with water also release a constant supply of steam. Some people also iron in their kitchen. Speaking of laundry day, although they do not release obvious clouds of water vapour, washers and dryers in kitchens can dramatically heighten the humidity in the room.

So what can you do? For many people, it is not feasible to move their laundry room or cook in another part of the house! Here are some of the best tips that will help to lower the high humidity in your kitchen.

  • You can invest in a dehumidifier but this is not necessary. The other tips should be sufficient in reducing the moisture and the sweating.
  • If your kitchen has a ceiling fan, turn it on. Even on the lowest setting, a ceiling fan can help to cool the air down in the room. (Find out why your ceiling fan is running slow).
  • Floor fans can also prevent moisture from collecting on the tiles.
  • You can open all the windows in the kitchen. Or at least just enough windows to encourage a draft. The trick is to create air circulation to get rid of the humid feel in your kitchen.
  • You can also open the kitchen door or doors to create air circulation.

How Wet Concrete Floors Make A Kitchen Sweat

Most kitchen floors are concrete. Homeowners might choose to decorate the surface with tiles, hardwood flooring, or something else. But sometimes, things go wrong.

During the construction process, poured concrete needs to cure. This means that concrete needs to settle and dry out completely before any type of flooring can be added. The drying process depends on different factors such as the weather and the type of concrete used. Usually, concrete is hard enough after two days for people to walk on – but this does not mean it is completely dry. It can take up to a month for the concrete to be fully cured.

Top 2 Reasons Why Your Kitchen Floor Sweats

So What Went Wrong With My Floor’s Construction?

Unless you were there, it can be hard to say why your floor did not cure properly. However, it can be safe to assume that the concrete was not given enough time to dry out completely. Maybe the contractors misjudged the situation, maybe they were in a hurry to get the job done. But either way, if your cement floor sweats, it was never cured. 

If your floor problem is more creaky than wet, here are the top reasons why your floorboards and house creak.

How Do I Know That The Concrete Is The Problem?

There will be clear signs that your sweating floor is being caused by uncured concrete. Here are some of the most telling symptoms.

  • There are no water leaks in your kitchen that could have caused the moisture.
  • You have eliminated high humidity and steam as the culprit.
  • The same spot sweats or the problem is spreading over a wider area.
  • The room or floor has a mouldy smell – or there are signs of mildew.
  • Your hardwood floor is showing signs of moisture or rotting.
  • When a piece of the flooring is lifted, the concrete layer is clearly moist.

How Do I Fix A Sweating Concrete Floor?

Unfortunately, this is not a 1-hour DIY job. A sweating concrete floor is something that needs to be assessed by a professional company. They will assess the extent of the moisture problem, the damage caused to the concrete and whether you must replace the entire floor (which is often the case). 

If you want to keep your floor, bear in mind that the moisture can eventually cause a lot of damage. But in the meantime, you can use a good dehumidifier to get rid of the moisture in the kitchen and this will hopefully slow the process down. You can also find out from the professionals what your options are without ripping up the entire floor.

A Quick Summary On Why Kitchen Floors Sweat

  • A wet kitchen floor is a hazard. You or someone in your family can slip and fall on the hard surface. 
  • To rectify the problem, you need to identify if high moisture levels in the air or wet concrete is the cause.
  • High humidity and steam can be fixed at home by purchasing a dehumidifier and creating better air circulation in the kitchen. 
  • A sweating concrete floor needs to be checked out by a professional company for advice and possible repairs.

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About the Author Harry Thompson

Involved in home renovations throughout his life, Harry is an expert in everything to do with home and garden DIY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.