The time has come for homeowners to prepare for winter. And while you may have already unhooked your hose and serviced your furnace, there are other parts of your home to consider. If you have hardwood floors in your house, you’ll want to take steps to protect them from winter elements. Continue reading to learn more from the team at Claghorn Custom Flooring.

Prepare Your Hardwood Floors for the Winter

Manage the Humidity

Wood dries out in the same way that our skin does in the chilly winter air. In fact, dried-out wood is the reason for those ugly spaces that form between the boards. By maintaining constant relative humidity levels inside your house, you can lessen this. With a humidifier, you can control these levels with ease.

Use Quality Mats

Having hardwood floors essentially makes the use of quality mats necessary in the winter. Quality, absorbent, non-slip mats may be more expensive than you would like, but the investment will be worthwhile in the long run. Mats made of vinyl or rubber just won’t work and might cause floor damage. Higher quality mats are better at absorbing snow and ice without wetting the floor below, and they won’t stain your wood. These more resilient and absorbent mats ought to be positioned inside and outside of all entranceways for the duration of the winter. They can minimize the amount of winter weather that enters your home when combined with visitors taking off their shoes. You should also be sure to clean your mats regularly.

Keep Floors Clean

A gorgeous, glossy, hardwood floor serves a lot more than just aesthetics. It provides a protective layer to your floor that aids in maintaining it. Giving your floor a thorough cleaning on a regular basis, especially just before winter, might help to improve its resistance to the weather. In addition to routine dusting, investing in the right cleaning tools, like a microfiber mop, a soft-bristled vacuum, a sufficient hardwood floor cleaner, and a buffing pad, will help you give it a long-lasting shine.

If your hardwood floors have seen better days, call us for a hardwood floor refinishing service. Claghorn Custom Flooring serves the Zionsville, Carmel, Westfield, and Fishers areas. We can handle all of your flooring needs. Contact us today at (317) 873-6202 to request a free estimate.