Hardwood Floor Protection
Hardwood floors are durable. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t need extra care. This is especially true in the winter. Here are some ways to take care of your hardwood floors this winter.
Wipe your feet
There’s no reason to bring dirt into your home and onto your floors. Materials such as mud, dirt, and snow can cause damage to your floors. Use outdoor mats for a first line of defense to wipe your feet off and take your shoes off as soon as you get inside.
Keep it clean
Proper cleaning is very important to taking care of your floors and keeping them look nice. Sweeping your floors is the best defense for scratches from debris. Puddles of water from snow or ice can cause permanent damage to your floors, so be sure to clean any puddles of water quickly. To clean, absorb any moisture with a towel, mop the area, and then allow it to dry completely. If you see any salt in the water, be careful! Salt can cause scratches on your floors.
Keep the right temperature
The cooler temperatures of the winter cause wood to shrink because of the reduced moisture in your home. Hardwood floorboards are manufactured to withstand slight temperature and humidity fluctuations. However, drastic changes can cause damage to the wood, including splits and cracks. To avoid shrinking issues, use a humidifier and keep your thermostat at a temperature your floors can withstand.
Use rugs and covers
Use rugs and covers on your floors to protect them from snow, dirt, ice, and salt that may get tracked inside (even after wiping your feet off!). Salt can leave an abrasive residue on your floors to can not only scratch your floors but can also pose a threat for slipping. Additionally, salt can damage the finish of the floor and the wood itself. Protect your floors by placing protective rugs in high traffic areas of your home.