With winter comes snow, and with snow comes salt. All of these ingredients mixed together make a recipe for a mess that can be tracked into your home! If you have hardwood flooring throughout your home, it’s important to take precautions to protect your beautiful hardwood floors from winter’s ugliness.

Regardless of how much you wipe your shoes before entering your house in the winter, it seems that some snow always gets in.

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Try these helpful solutions this winter to protect your flooring, whether hardwood or carpet!

  • Make area rugs your best friend! Area rugs are the perfect way to protect the high traffic areas throughout your house. It is recommended to place area rugs at entries to your home in order to protect your floors from getting sloppy. If you have hardwood flooring, you should absolutely be using area rugs all year long.
  • Snow and water can cause warping to your hardwood floor. If you do bring snow into your home, be sure to act fast and wipe up the mess before it pools on the floor.
  • Rock salt can damage hardwood flooring as well as carpet! If you do bring in rock salt and it leaves a white film on your flooring it’s best to clean it immediately. It’s highly recommended to use manufacturer recommended products to clean your floors, and it’s advisable to never use water, especially on your hardwood flooring. Water can dull a hardwood finish, and even cause permanent damage.

During the winter it’s extremely important to maintain the floors throughout your house! From using area rugs to approved cleaners, you can keep your floors in the best shape all winter long. With fast action, smart cleaning, and extra protection, your floors will be able to withstand any season.