How to Maintain Hardwood Flooring in Cold Weather
When you come in from the cold, you bring snow, ice and salt with you on the bottom of your shoes. Snow, ice and salt are all very harmful for hardwood flooring. Remove your shoes as soon as you come inside so you don't track snow and ice through your home, and ask your guests to do the same.
2. Designate a Waterproof Spot for Shoes
Once your shoes are off, make sure you have a good place to put them where they will not drip onto the floor. A waterproof rug or shoe tray is the perfect solution, and seeing it next to the door will help you and your guests remember to remove your shoes.
3. Clean Your Pets' Paws Before They Come Inside
You and your guests aren't the only ones who will track snow and salt through your home. Your pets will too, if you let them. Train your pets to stop on a rug once they come inside so you can clean their paws before they run through the house.
4. Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier
The constantly running furnace can change your home's humidity levels, causing your boards to swell and warp. Use a humidifier or dehumidifier--or both--to keep the humidity levels consistent.
5. Clean Your Hardwood Flooring Regularly
Even if you are vigilant about removing your shoes, some water and ice is still certain to find its way into your house and onto your floors. Clean your hardwood flooring regularly and add a protective polish to keep them looking as good as new.
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