How to Protect Your Floors During Winter Months


Winter can bring beautiful landscapes, much needed snow days, and holiday cheer for many people. Unfortunately, for your hardwood flooring, the winter months can be a high stress time.

Damage caused by snow melting material and flooring gaps caused by excess moisture being tracked in under boots are good reasons to look into extra protection for your beautiful hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors can give schools, stores, and restaurants a softer, more homey feeling than tile or concrete but they can also be more difficult to maintain, especially during the winter months. Cleaning hardwood floors of slush, snow, and salt can present a unique problem for maintenance workers. The high pH level of most ice-melting chemicals, along with the constant moisture tracked in by multiple pairs of feet, can combine to eat through your floor’s finish and turn it into a magnet for different types of soil. Your best defense against mother nature and her damaging habits is to take preventative measures and secure a winter maintenance plan.  

Foot traffic is the biggest problem in winter when you’re trying to keep hardwood floors clean and dry. Sweeping and vacuuming your wood floors regularly will help keep the abrasive materials to a minimum, and is your best defense against scratches. Cleaning up any excess moisture as soon as possible is also necessary to protect your wood floors from warping and gapping. The wax or other finish on hardwood floors protects the wood underneath, preventing moisture from soaking in and rotting the boards. However, salt residue on hardwood or laminated floors will eat the finish right off. Having high-quality floor mats are crucial for every entrance, they absorb moisture from underfoot and can absorb up to 90 percent of the snow and ice that might otherwise be tracked in and deposited on your floors.

Protecting Your Floors During Winter Is Critical

Snow melting salt products can leave a white, abrasive residue that can seriously damage your hardwood floors. Using traditional mops and buckets will pick up some of the salty residue, but never really get the floors dry.  Instead, you have to change the pH of the salt residue, or it will become a sticky mess that smears around the floor surface. Five ounces of plain vinegar mixed in four gallons of water make a chemical wash that neutralizes the pH level of salt solutions. Spray the solution on the surface before cleaning your hardwood floors and it will break down the chemical makeup, allowing the salt to be removed before it damages the floor’s finish.

This winter keep up with your hardwood floor care and avoid expensive repairs by calling The Floor Care Company. Our professional technicians are your best protection against mother nature this winter.

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