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Tips to protect your hardwood flooring during a snowstorm

November 30, 2012

While this winter has been anything but ordinary, Mother Nature might have a few tricks left up her sleeve and a big snowstorm may still be a possibility.

While this winter has been anything but ordinary, Mother Nature might have a few tricks left up her sleeve and a big snowstorm may still be a possibility. Unfortunately, if you've recently installed hardwood flooring into your home, the salt, sand and moisture that you may track in could potentially damage your floor coverings.



Products like Anderson Floors' Eagle Lodge collection are crafted from hickory, and are resistant to scuffs and scratches. However, like any wood flooring, moisture can present a serious problem if left unchecked. If the weather forecast is threatening snow, there are some simple ways to prep your home to avoid any chance of harming your investment.



1. Take care of any spills quickly. Any kind of extended exposure to moisture can leave a lasting stain or can cause the floor boards to warp. If you happen to have a spill or drip a bit of water off of your shoes, use a soft cloth to wipe it up immediately. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, use cleaners that won't leave an oily residue and avoid products that contain ammonia which can dull the floor's finish. These cleaners can also alter your ability to re-coat the surface of your floor with a new finish down the line.



2. Shoe trays. With the amount of caked-on snow, salt and sand that you could potentially track into your home during a winter storm, it's best to avoid it altogether with a few shoe trays. Place one outdoors for your winter boots and use another indoors to store your everyday footwear. This is also an easy way to consolidate your guests' shoes when they come to your home to avoid any damage to your floors.



3. Floor mats. During the winter, you should install extra door mats near your doorway and consider placing carpet runners in your hallway. Any small bits of dirt or sand can act like sandpaper that can gradually wear the surface of your flooring, so incorporating these mats is a simple way to safeguard your wood flooring.



Winter can be a harrowing time for homeowners with hardwood floors, but it doesn't have to be! By preparing ahead of time for potential spills and knowing how to handle them when they happen, you can ensure that your floor coverings will stay brilliant for the foreseeable future.