Protect your hardwood floors from winter weather hazards:
In order to keep your hardwood floors looking great, they need to be maintained properly. This is especially true during the winter months. There are several hazards that your floors may be vulnerable to this winter. Here are some simple steps you can take to protect your beautiful hardwoods.
First of all, be aware that water and dirt and gravel that are tracked in from outside, are very hard on your hardwood floors. They can cause warping of the boards, scratches, and damage to the finish. Be sure to sweep and mop often during the winter season to keep these problems to a minimum.
Scratches and damage to your floor’s finish can also be caused by rock salt (used in some areas to melt snow and ice) that is tracked in to your floors. You can prevent this from happening by putting mats inside and outside of all your doors. Make sure people wipe their feet when entering, and take off their shoes if possible.
Some homeowners notice gapping of the boards in their hardwood floors Vancouver WA during the winter months. This is because the humidity in your home is lower during the cold weather, and the boards can shrink. You can remedy this by running a humidifier during the colder months. Keeping the humidity in your home between 40-55% is good for all the wood structures in your home, as well as for your comfort level.