As most homeowners will let you know, no matter if they are new or experienced, taking care of flooring inside a home can be a pain. This is because the many different types of flooring that your home may be equipped with often require different types of products to take care of it, as well as large amounts of time to actually take care of it. In addition to purchasing different products, you also have to take the time to learn about the flooring and make sure you are taking care of it properly.
No matter what time of year it is, your floor must be properly taken care of. This may be easy for most of the year, but some seasons can be especially difficult depending on where you live. One of the most difficult seasons to take care of your flooring in is during the winter. This could be for a variety of factors including temperature, moisture, weather conditions, and more. Here are some tips on how to take care of flooring during winter so that you do not have any costly flooring damage.
How to take care of flooring during winter
Apply a protective coating
If this is your first winter in your home or you are just nervous about potential damage, a protective coating could be a good option for you. By placing a coating down, the chances of salt or water damage go down a lot. There are many protective coating options that will do the job, so we recommend visiting a nearby hardware store and talking to the experts before deciding on one.
Put carpets/mats near entryways
This tip should be the first thing that you do when winter fully hits. First of all, you should put doormats both outside and inside of your door so that as much water and salt as possible are removed from shoes. You can also put mats or rugs in your hallway to aid in keeping floors both clean and warm. We also recommend setting up a designated area for boots and shoes that are wet so that they do not damage your floors. This designated area will keep the potential damage in only one area as opposed to all over the entire home.
Clean up water immediately
Even though this blog post is about how to take care of flooring during winter, this tip is good for the entire year. The moment you see water or a water puddle on your floor, you should clean it up and make sure the floors are dry. By leaving water pooled on your floor, there is a bigger chance of it seeping into the natural gaps in flooring that winter weather creates. The same can be said for carpet; make sure it is always dry so that mold does not have a chance of forming anywhere.
Remove melting compounds from flooring
Depending on where you live, local governments will use different methods to keep roads and sidewalks clear. One of these methods is by throwing down melting salt. This salt does a great job on clearing outside pathways, but it can be a real danger to your home’s flooring. Salt on your flooring can leave nasty stains and can also cause deep scratches. We recommend patrolling for salt on your flooring daily and cleaning it up right away before it has a chance of causing damage. This salt can damage your floor’s finishing, so it is very important to get rid of it quickly.
Keep your home’s air a consistent temperature
During the winter, most people have their heater only nearly all day and night. This causes the air in your home to lose its humidity and dry out, which can create a risk for damage to your flooring. If you live in an extremely cold place that requires the heater to be on frequently, we recommend getting a humidifier. A humidifier will keep moisture in your home’s air and stop your flooring from shrinking. We understand that this is easier said than done, but a humidifier is surely a good investment, along with the other steps, to keep your flooring beautiful and healthy during the winter.