7 Ways to Protect Your Floors in the Winter
Winter is quickly approaching in Columbus, Ohio, and that means it’s time to prepare for all the flooring hazards that come with this time of the year. Dry air, higher foot traffic, salt residue, and grime can all wreak havoc on your floors in the wintertime. Luckily, for every winter floor hazard, there’s a solution.
Here are our 7 tips to prepare your floors for this holiday season:
1. Stock Up on Rugs and Doormats
The holidays are upon us, and that means you probably have more family members and guests stomping around your house. Higher foot traffic and all the salt, water, and grime that is tracked into your home can seriously damage your floors. Strategically placing doormats and rugs around your house will keep whatever you have on your shoes off your floors. Place doormats on both the outside and inside of your entryways, and place rugs in high traffic areas of your home like your entryways, hallways, and living rooms.
2. Coat Your Floors
If you have hardwood floors, it’s a good idea to apply a sealant to them before it gets gross outside. Sealers are semi-permanent floor coatings that fill in all the tiny cracks, pores, and imperfections in your floor’s surface. Sealing these imperfections before winter is a good choice because it will make your floors easier to sweep and mop. Picking a sealant with slip-resistant properties is also a smart decision since you’ll be slipping around enough already.
3. Have Your Guests Take Their Shoes Off
We know it's awkward, but asking your family and friends to take their shoes off when they come inside is one of the best ways to protect your floors in the winter. Just think of all the water, salt, and dirt you could keep off your floors if all those wet tennis shoes and boots just stayed at the door. You can only place so many doormats and rugs in your home. Have more peace of mind at your next holiday party by placing a shoe rack in your entryway for your guests.
4. Wipe Down Pet Paws
Your family and friends aren’t the only ones who track in water and dirt. If you take your dog for walks in the winter, make sure to keep a towel handy at the door to dry their paws when they come back inside. Your furry friend will like this ritual more than wearing booties—that's for sure!
5. Vacuum More
Increasing your vacuuming frequency is important during the winter months, especially if you have carpet flooring. Dirt and salt that is tracked into your home can become embedded deep into your carpets if you don’t take steps to remove it quickly. Having your carpet professionally cleaned when spring arrives is also a smart investment.
6. Heat Your Home Evenly
If you have hardwood floors, it’s important to heat your home as evenly as possible in the winter. If the air in your house gets too humid or dry, it can make your hardwood expand or contract. When the air in your home is excessively humid, your hardwood will expand, and your floor boards can buckle or cup. If the air in your home is too dry, your hardwood will contract and leave gaps between the boards. Investing in a humidifier or a dehumidifier for the winter months is a prudent decision if you have a lot of hardwood in your home.
7. Protect Your Floor from Your Christmas Tree
Unfortunately, your Christmas tree is another threat to your floors during the winter. Your tree’s stand and branches can scratch your floor, the tree base can spill and leave permanent water spots, and sap drips are a mess. Always invest in a quality Christmas tree stand, put protective padding down under your tree, and place a floor mat around your tree to catch any water spills or sap.
The holidays may be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but it certainly isn’t the best time of the year for your floors. Follow these tips to keep your floors “merry and bright” this season. If you have any more questions about how to care for your floors in the winter, or are thinking about investing in new flooring this spring, visit one of America’s Floor Source’s locations or schedule a Mobile Floor Source appointment.