Winter is in full-swing, and in the Cincinnati area that means plenty of snow-covered boots and rock-salted shoes entering our homes. From streaky hardwood to dusty laminate, winter can do quite a bit of damage to your home’s flooring. Fortunately, all of the damage the winter elements do to our floors is preventable. Regardless of where you reside, these tips will keep your floors protected this winter season.
- Keep a floor mat by your entryway. Placing a mat by all of your homes entryways provides a place for excess snow and water to fall when someone comes through the door. If you have wood or laminate flooring, place a protective pad under the mat of your choosing to prevent scratching. For high traffic areas, consider using a runner carpet where people can wipe their feet and stow their shoes to dry.
- Mop up messes. For the snow that makes it past your door mats and quickly melts into a puddle, be sure to wipe it up right away. Water can quickly damage wood and laminate flooring, causing it to warp or even stain. Use a microfiber cloth to dry wet patches quickly and efficiently.
- Sweep on a daily basis. This will prevent dirt, dust, and salt debris from piling up. Small debris, like rocks and chunks of salt, can scratch your hardwood surfaces or leave your carpeted floors looking dirty. Prevent this issue by making a habit out of sweeping or vacuuming regularly during the winter months.
- Schedule a professional cleaning. When it comes to deep cleaning your hardwood, laminate, and carpeted flooring, it’s a job that’s best left to the professionals. They have the equipment and solutions that will give your floors that deep clean without causing any damage. As the winter draws to a close, schedule a professional deep cleaning for your home’s floors to remove any excess winter buildup.
- Be mindful of temperature changes. When it snows, the temperature outside drops as the temperature inside rises. This can cause drastic changes to the levels of humidity in your home, which can cause your floorboards to warp. Remember that your flooring expands and contracts naturally, so if you notice gaps in your floors, there’s no need to panic. This is quite common during the winter. To prevent this from happening, use humidifiers to keep your home’s humidity level between 40% and 60%.
For more advice on how to protect your floors or to have them replaced, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International.