When people wear their shoes on hardwood floors, they track in dirt, debris and salt. All of these things can do permanent damage. Ask everyone to remove their shoes before entering. To protect your floors even more, place mats at every entrance.
Don't Let Gaps Be a Concern
During the winter, it's natural for the humidity levels to drop. This can cause a hardwood floor to shrink, which may mean that you see a few gaps between the boards. Contraction during the winter is just as natural as expansion during the summer. It's not a sign of a problem, and there's not much to do for it. You may be able to protect your floor a bit with a humidifier, but it's not required.
Keep It Clean
One of the best ways to protect your hardwood floor during the winter is with routine cleaning. Don't let abrasives and foreign objects build up on the surface. Sweep and dust mop a few times a week, and don't forget to try some wet mopping too.
Avoid Excess Moisture
Melting snow can wreak havoc on a hardwood floor, just like a spilled beverage. Protect your floor in the winter by not letting standing water stick around. Mop up spills and puddles quickly to prevent a larger problem.
Pets can't take off their shoes when coming indoors, so it's necessary for pet parents to take the lead. Keep towels next to all entrances that pets use so that their paws can be cleaned and dried before they enter.
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