5 Ways to Keep Your Wood Floors Looking Their Best Through The Winter

wod florKeeping your wood floors clean can be a hassle, especially during the winter and colder months. Between the cold, moisture, salt and boots, there is a million ways your floors can be damaged during the winter. Below is a list our team has come up with to make sure that you have some real options when it comes to combating the harshness of winter and keeping your wood floors looking great year round.

#1 Use Mats in Entryways

Welcome Mats are a great way to save your wood floors from a lot of the wear and tear that can come from the outside elements. Sand, dirt, salt and small rocks that get caught in footwear account for a large percentage of scuffs and scratches that can occur on your wood floors. Placing a Welcome Mat at all entryways will drastically reduce the amount of outside elements that find their way onto your well kept floors. In order to keep your mats working properly for you throughout the year, it’s important to keep them clean. All it takes to do so is to make sure you shake them out every so often as needed to keep buildup from occurring.

View our selection of 100% Cotton Welcome Mats here.

#2 Wipe Up Spills, Puddles and Moisture Immediately

Welcome Mats don’t catch 100% of moisture that makes its way onto your floors. It’s important to wipe up all spills, puddles and moisture right away to keep them from settling into your wood floors and causing stains and other damage. Even sealed and finished floors can fall prey to damage from water or other spilled liquid if left unattended. Keep an eye out for moisture buildup on your floors, especially when people enter the house. Keep a towel or Sh-Mop Terry Cloth near by so you can wipe up any pesky spills or tracked in puddles as they happen.

View our Sh-Mop and Terry Cloth selection here.

#3 Avoid Using Salt in High Traffic Areas

Salt is a necessary part of keeping roads and driveways snow and ice free during the winter. But it also does a number on your wood floors as well as other surfaces. Try to avoid putting salt in high traffic areas such as porches and patios. These areas are where most of the salt that gets tracked into your home comes from. Footwear traps tiny salt particles and deposits them on floor mats, boot trays and even floorboards. Salt will slowly eat away at your floor finish, leaving stains and irreparable damage. Try using alternative means to keep your patios and porches from icing over such as sand or fertilizer. Bear in mind that these alternatives can also have negative affects on your floors but tend to be less harsh than salt on average. You could look into heaters and in-ground ice melting systems. There are also cleaners available to combat the salt scum buildup that occurs on wood floors.

#4 Apply Felt Pads To Your Furniture

Felt furniture pads are a fantastic resource for helping to keep your wood floors clean and scratch-free year round. They come in many different varieties to ensure that there is always an option to suit your specific needs. Not only will felt furniture pads prevent scratching and gouging on your floors’ but they also make it easier to move that heavy furniture without having to lift it. Felt furniture pads are readily available and can be shipped out to anywhere in the Continental US at a moments notice. Get yours today and start protecting your floors now.

View our Felt Furniture Pad selection here.

#5 Proper Cleaning Supplies Are Crucial

Although cleaning your wood floors is crucial year round, you’ll find that the colder the months get, the more work is involved to keep your wood floors looking healthy and vibrant. Finding the right cleaner for your floors is important and there are plenty of resources available to help you get started. Just as important as the cleaner itself is the mop. Microfiber mops and mops that catch tiny particles work best in every situation. Sh-Mops with Terry Cloth pads are highly recommended for most applications because they are cost effective and will give you the most even clean.

View our Wood Floor Cleaner selection here.

ALL CLEANERS 10% OFF through the end of October when you use offer code LEAVES18 at checkout!

Still Have Questions? Our team is available Weekdays/8am – 5pm CST to answer all of your questions and help you navigate the large world of floor cleaning resources. Simply call us at 1-866-258-1554 or email sales@installerstore.com and we’ll help you on your way to beautiful wood floors during the winter and year round.

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Wall Clips Instructional Photos + Video

Take a look at some example pictures and a step by step instructional video of how the wall clips are applied to our Victorian, Contemporary or Rockwell Registers! The purpose of wall clips is to turn your floor register into a wall register in just a few easy steps. This will allow you to be able to get those beautiful designs and finishes all over your home instead of limiting them to just your floors.

 

Below are also picture examples with text to show you how the process is done step by step.

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These wall clips are only able to be used on the Victorian, Contemporary and Rockwell design floor registers. Each design has a choice between 6 different finishes!

Go to our website or give us a call today!

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Installerstore Site Improvements

Installerstore.com is in the process of making some improvements to our site. If you try to visit www.Installerstore.com, you may see this image… Our apologies! As soon as the updates are made, our site will be back up! If you have any questions on our products, existing orders, or would like to place an order, our staff is available at 866.258.1554. Thank you!StoreClosed

 

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Installerstore Coupon Code Event

Our hilarious welcome mats make a GREAT holiday gift!

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Use the coupon code Snow16 to save 5% on ALL mats in our Funny Door Mats category now through December!

How to Save 5% on these holiday gifts:

  1. Browse our full line of Funny Door Mats
  2. Add the mat(s) to your cart
  3. Submit the coupon code Snow16 in your cart
  4. Instantly save 5% on all funny door mats in your cart

 Coupon Valid on ALL Mats in our Funny Door Mat category
click on the image below to browse that category of welcome mats

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Holiday Welcome Mat Coupon Code Rules:

  • Coupon code only valid now through December 31, 2016
  • Discount will only be applied to mats in our Funny Door Mats category including subcategories: Pet Themed welcome mats, Beer & Wine door mats, Sports & Leisure door mats and General Humor welcome mats
  • All other non-qualifying products in your card will no be discounted
  • No other coupon codes can be used in conjunction with this coupon code
  • Coupon code valid on Installerstore.com only
  • More info on this sale found HERE

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Veterans Day 2016

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Get Rid of Hockey Equipment Stink!

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The sport of hockey was recently rated as one of the stinkiest sports. To any hockey parent, this should come as no surprise. I was once backstage at a concert, and the facility used to be home to a college hockey team (10 years prior). Those poor locker rooms still smelled as if the hockey players were present for a period intermission.

Being a more expensive sport with all of the pads and gloves needed, purchasing new equipment each year is not an option. The other alternative of driving to and from long road games with your head out of the window in the dead of winter like Ace Ventura, is also not feasible. But Installerstore has a more economical (and safe) option to rid your hockey pads from the stank.

Check out the GREAT line of Deodorizer products offered on Installerstore.com. Products so powerful, yet safe, that they are used in hospitals and schools. They will eliminate even the most offensive odors and will even kill fungus and bacteria.

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Get rid of the smell with Host Brand Odor Exploder! Strong and safe enough for hospitals, hotels and homes. Deodorizes not only upholstery and fabric, but carpet, wood, etc. This product is effective enough to remove stinky smells, but is also safe to use around children and pets. If Skunk-X by Tech can remove skunk smell, it can remove hockey pad stink! This odor remover doesn’t mask odors, it gets rid of them. Skunk-X is made with selectively-adapted organic salts, specially created surfactants and natural sassafras. Instant odor removing! This Total Solutions Live Micro 535 is an enzyme odor remover has a formula that actual “digests” waste and odor. This natural odor remover contains no chemicals and is an organic enzyme odor remover.
With any new product, always test the product in a small inconspicuous area to ensure desired results.
View our FULL line of Deodorizers on our site

With hockey season to begin soon, DON’T DELAY! Remove that hockey stank before it becomes worse this upcoming season.

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To view the full list of stinky sports, visit this blog link.

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Because of the popularity of this blog post, we are offering 5% off all odor removing products in the “Deodorizer Category” on Installerstore.com.

Save 5%. NO COUPON CODE NEEDED! The 5% discount will automatically apply during checkout.  No other discount or coupon code can be applied to the Deodorizer products.  The 5% discount can only be applied to products in the Deodorizer Category on Installerstore.com. HURRY!! Promotional discount only valid during the  month of September. 

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National Dog Day 2016

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Today is National Spoil Your Dog Day! So make sure to give your best friend(s) a couple of extra treats and belly rubs today!

And celebrate your love for Fido with our hilarious dog themed gifts!

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“Once that wiener hits the pool it’s gonna shrink up to nothin'” Drink Coaster Live, Love, Bark
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Grass is Greener Under My Wiener T-Shirt Ask not for whom the dog barks. It barks for thee.
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We Like Big Mutts and We Cannot Like Hilarious Welcome Mat
Check out ALL of our pet themed welcome mats HERE
We also have many other hilarious t-shirts, magnets and coasters.
Check out the Just for Kick items HERE
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