Winter Hardwood Flooring Care Tips

Winter Hardwood Flooring Care Tips

At Innovative Builders, one of the services we are proud to offer is hardwood flooring installation. Hardwood is a beautiful and timeless flooring option that has been used for centuries, but the Colorado winter often presents unique challenges to keeping that flooring in pristine condition. We want your hardwood flooring to look as good as the day it was installed for years to come, which is why we are going to share some tips for caring for it during the winter season here today.

Control Indoor Humidity

Colorado winters can be dry, leading to low indoor humidity. Maintain a consistent humidity level in your home using a humidifier. This helps prevent hardwood floors from drying out, shrinking, or developing gaps.

Use Area Rugs and Mats

Place area rugs and mats in high-traffic areas, especially near entrances. This helps to capture snow, ice, and salt before it reaches your hardwood floors, preventing potential damage and scratches.

Implement a No-Shoes Policy

Request that family members and guests remove their shoes at the entrance during the winter months. This reduces the amount of moisture, dirt, and salt brought into the house, minimizing the risk of scratches and water damage to your hardwood floors.

Regular Cleaning Routine

Implement a regular cleaning routine to keep your hardwood floors in top condition. Sweep or vacuum frequently to remove dirt and debris, and use a damp (not wet) mop with a hardwood floor cleaner to maintain the natural shine.

Be Cautious with Moisture

Avoid excessive moisture on your hardwood floors. Wipe up any spills promptly, and use a well-wrung mop when cleaning. Excess moisture can lead to warping and damage to the wood.

Protect Against Scratches

Consider placing felt pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches when moving or rearranging furniture. Trim pets' nails regularly to minimize the risk of scratches on the hardwood surface.

Maintain a Consistent Temperature

Fluctuations in temperature can affect the expansion and contraction of hardwood. Keep your home at a consistent temperature to minimize stress on the wood and reduce the likelihood of gaps forming between planks.

Apply Protective Coatings

Consider applying a protective finish or sealant to your hardwood floors. This provides an additional layer of defense against moisture, stains, and scratches, extending the life of your flooring.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your hardwood floors remain beautiful and resilient during the challenging Colorado winter. If you have any further questions or require assistance with your flooring, feel free to reach out to Innovative Builders for expert guidance.

By Innovative Builders 1-15-2024