Home for the Holidays always brings ideas of family and fun. It can also mean extra shoes on your floor, bits of food falling, and tons of little messes to clean up. Here are a few ideas to help keep your hardwood floors looking fabulous.
Start With a Clean Floor
A good fall cleanup will start you off with a beautiful floor. Vacuum up all the dirt then clean your floor with a good wood floor cleaning product. We recommend Bona Wood Floor Cleaner. If your floor needs more rejuvenation work, call us to see what we can do to bring you floor back to it's original beauty.
We don’t always think of vacuuming as a way to protect our floor. Even if your floor doesn’t look ‘dirty,’ you should get the vacuum out once a week to keep dust and dirt away. Walking on those little grains can grind them into your hardwood dulling the finish and eventually hurting your hardwood. Do not use vacuums with beater bars or hard heads. You can use a swivel head mop with a terry cloth cover to pick up the finer particles of grit.
Use More Rugs
If you’re expecting a lot of traffic on an area of your hardwood, protect it with a rug. Holiday guests in heels or children playing with hard toys can leave tons of tiny imperfections on your floor. Laying down a nice area rug protects your floor until the end of the holiday season, while still showing it off in less-trafficked areas. Be sure to choose wisely when you pick out your rugs and under pads. Some rug dyes have been known to stain floors. If the rug has a plastic backings it may affect the wood finish. Even the under pads can stick and pull off your finish. Natural material without sticky finishes are best
Watch The Humidity
Your floors get dry and can even shrink when the humidity is too low. On the other hand, excessive humidity can cause swelling and buckling as water soaks into your floors. Invest in a humidifier or dehumidifier if you notice your floor reacting like this. Ideally, the humidity should be between 4% and 60% in your home. Winter typically means low humidity in your home.
Wipe Up Water
When you’re bringing plants inside for the season, don’t forget to place them on trays to protect your floors. If the cold weather causes your pipes, pets, or anything else to leak or bring in water, clean up messes immediately. And, of course, have a plan for wet or snowy shoes coming into the house. Put down mats or rugs that people can wipe wet shoes on, before they track them over your hardwood. If the weather is really bad, or the party is pretty casual, consider a ‘no shoes’ policy.