WINTER CARE FOR HARDWOOD FLOORS

shutterstock_722490370Although winter is not yet upon us, temperatures are already beginning to drop so that it’s time to begin considering preparing your home for winter, such as your own flooring.

Hardwood is referred to as a low-maintenance flooring option but it does require some extra care in winter as wood expands in response to changes in temperature and humidity. Knowing how to take care of your hardwood floors throughout the colder months of this year is vital for their longevity.

BEFORE WINTER SETS IN

You do not have to wait until the cold weather truly sets in to ensure your hardwood flooring are properly cared for over winter. There quite a few distinct steps that you can take to prepare your hardwood floors for the months ahead to keep it in its best shape. Begin by deep cleaning your floor to remove all the debris and dust that has built around summer and assess if your hardwood floors needs a bit of re-oiling or even resanding.

Autumn is also the ideal time to look for any cracks, gaps, or breaks on your flooring since these can allow draughts in and additional damage your floorboards as soon as they begin to shrink as a result of the weather and moisture fluctuation. Should you notice any damage, ensure you contact a hardwood floor expert rather than trying to fix the issue yourself as this can often cause additional damage.

MINIMISE GAPS

Although some gapping will be anticipated in winter as hardwood floors is sensitive to humidity and temperature fluctuations, it is possible to minimise the effect that the weather gets in your hardwood flooring. Maintaining the temperature on your house as consistent as possible is the easiest way to avoid any warping, gapping, or buckling problems. The low humidity levels in winter also contribute to floor gapping by inducing hardwood floorboards to shrink. To fight this, use a loofah in chambers with hardwood flooring to minimise shrinkage.

LEAVE YOUR BOOTS AT THE DOOR

Hardwood flooring is quite resilient to heavy foot traffic but in winter it is a good idea to leave your shoes and boots at the doorway. The cause of this is that during winter you can easily monitor in salt, sand, and snow — all things which will damage your flooring. Nevertheless, it’s not only the people in the household that may be guilty of tracking things that may harm your floorboards, pets can just as readily monitor in rock salt and sand, so be sure that you wipe down their paws after walks.

PROTECT YOUR FLOORS

Adding rugs for your own house in winter won’t just protect your hardwood floors from scratches but keep your feet warm and shield against any draughts passing through the floorboards.

CONTINUE CLEANING

It’s significant that in winter you continue to wash your hardwood floors as you would any other time of the year because this will keep them in their best condition. Consistent cleaning makes sure your floor is maintained free of the usual dust and debris which can cause scratches, along with any seasonal debris which may have been monitored.

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