Keeping 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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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