Winter is here and with it comes a slew of family get-togethers, last-minute shopping trips and freezing cold temps depending on where you live. With all that hustle and bustle, you may forget that your hardwood floor needs special attention during the colder months in order to avoid potential damage from the changing temperature and elements. Follow these simple maintenance tips to ensure your hardwood floor keeps its glow and survives the harsh winter.
Keep it Clean
Dirt, sleet and snow can all accumulate within your floor’s crevices, causing scratching, scraping or even worse – rotting. To avoid permanent damage, make sure to routinely keep your hardwood floor clean using a vacuum or dry flooring mop. For hard to remove dirt on Pergo hardwood floors, we recommend applying a hard surface cleaner directly to a dry flooring mop and then mopping it away. Remember to always check what your floor’s manufacturer recommends and follow accordingly.
Keep the Thermostat Consistent
There’s probably someone in your home who enjoys ruling the thermostat with an iron fist, and that’s fine as long as they don’t change it often during the cold winter months. Frequent changes in temperature can cause your hardwood floor’s planks to swell, shrink or warp since real wood reacts to climatic changes. Choose a temperature that’s comfortable for you and your family and leave it there to keep your floor safe. Be sure to check the owner’s manual that came with your floor to see the recommended temperatures.
Invest in a High-Quality Doormat
One simple solution to help maintain your floor’s longevity is buying a doormat to keep dirt and debris outside. Having friends and family take a few stomps on a heavy-duty doormat could save you the annoyance of following them with a mop every time they enter. Also, consider placing mats in other areas of your home with greater traffic. And if people are still tracking in dirt, ask that they remove their shoes before entering to be completely safe.
Add Furniture Pads
Need to move furniture to make room for holiday decorations? Then make sure your furniture’s feet are properly equipped with felt pads to avoid unwanted surface scratching and gouging. For about $10, you can by a large pack of self-stick pads to add to all the furniture in your home. Applying these pads will also remove the cringe-inducing noise a chair or table makes when dragging it across the floor. Just be sure to replace them on a regular basis so your floors will stay beautiful this winter and the next.