The seasonal transition into winter brings cold temperatures, salt, dirt, increased foot traffic, and snow – all of which can cause some serious damage to your hardwood floors. Although you may not want to think about the impending chilly weather, it’s beneficial for you to know how you can maintain your beautiful floors for awhile longer. Here are our Top 3 Ways to Protect Your Precious Floors From Winter Damage:
3. Take Off Your Shoes! Shoes and boots are the leading cause of scratches! Not only will taking your shoes off prevent scuffing, but it will also prevent you from bringing in unwanted sludge and water, because we all know how badly water can damage wood.
2. Lay Floor Mats. Floor mats are an easy way to protect your hardwood floors. Laying floor mats over your hardwood in high areas of foot traffic reduces the amount of damage to your flooring and lessens the chance of unwanted elements coming in contact with your floor.
1. Consistently Clean Your Floors. Dirt, oil, and grime build up over time and aren’t completely removed by a weekly dust mopping. For occasional deep cleaning, use a wood-cleaning product diluted according to the label instructions. Saturate a sponge or rag mop in the water, then wring it almost dry so it feels only slightly damp to the touch. Damp-mop the floor, being careful to prevent standing water on the floor. Rinse with a clean mop dampened in clear water, but only if the cleaning product requires it.