Protecting Your Hardwood Floors in the Winter

As a company that handles hardwood floor refinishing in Long Island, NY, we end up doing a lot of work after the holiday season. This is because the winter brings some pretty big dangers for your flooring.

Here are some good tips that can help you better protect your floors. We would, of course, be happy to handle your hardwood floor refinishing, but would also be pleased to know our clients were able to avoid expensive repairs by following these great suggestions.

Watch Out for Water

This is one of the main cause of issues with hardwood floors over the winter. The holiday season means lots of rain and snow. You need to find a way to make sure this moisture does not end up puddling on your floors. Try having a separate entrance on snowy days that has another kind of flooring. You could also put down an absorbent mat to help keep the moisture away from the hardwood.

Be Careful with the Christmas Tree

No home is quite complete through the holidays without a nice Christmas tree. While the tree might be beautiful, it can also cause major issues with your flooring if it is not handled correctly. You will want to put down a good mat to protect the floor from scratching. The tree should also never be dragged along the floor. Make sure you are always lifting it fully to move from one place to another.

Invest in Rugs

Even if you do not want rugs around all year, it can be very helpful for you to get some to use just during the winter months. In addition to offering protection from scratching, traffic and moisture, they will also help to dampen some of the sound that can come with all of the holiday festivities. Add a nice splash of color to your space with some rugs and you will get a lot of different benefits with the one purchase.

Put Down a Protectant

There are some wonderful products on the market that can offer a good seal for your hardwood floors. If this is not something that you have ever done, then we highly suggest finding one that will work for you.

Usually there is going to be more traffic on your floors during this time of year than most other months. Prepare for this traffic by treating the floors with a good protectant product. If you are not sure what to purchase, contact us and we would be happy to discuss with you some good options.