Hardwood flooring is a coveted feature in many homes, offering unmatched beauty, durability, and long-term value. However, like any other home feature, hardwood floors require proper maintenance to preserve their appeal, especially as seasons change. Below, we'll guide you through some essential seasonal care tips for your hardwood flooring.
Summer and spring Care for hardwood floors
In the warmer months, hardwood floors can expand due to increased humidity. To counteract this, consider investing in a dehumidifier or running your air conditioning to maintain an optimal indoor humidity level of 35-55%.
Preventing sun damage
Extended exposure to direct sunlight can fade the color of your hardwood floors. Use blinds, curtains, or UV-resistant window coatings to protect your floors from the harsh summer sun.
Fall and winter care for wood floors
In contrast, the cooler months can cause hardwood flooring to contract, leading to potential gaps. Using a humidifier can help maintain a stable indoor climate and prevent such issues.
Controlling moisture and salt damage
Rain, snow, and de-icing salts tracked into your home can damage your hardwood floors. Place mats both outside and inside entrances to trap moisture and debris, and promptly clean up any spills or wet spots to help prevent damage to your flooring.
Regular cleaning: a must for all seasons
Regardless of the season, regular cleaning is crucial for maintaining the appearance and durability of your hardwood floors. Use a soft bristle broom or a vacuum with a hardwood floor attachment to remove dirt and debris.
Safe cleaning practices
Avoid using water or steam to clean your hardwood flooring, as excessive moisture can cause damage. Instead, use products specifically designed for hardwood flooring.
Your experts on hardwood floors
Every season brings a different challenge to maintaining your solid or engineered wood flooring, but with these tips, you can keep your floors looking their best year-round. Remember, the key is to manage humidity levels, protect against sun damage, control moisture and salt, and clean regularly using hardwood-friendly methods.
Network Interiors is your expert on hardwood flooring. Our showrooms in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, CO, serve Glenwood Springs, New Castle, Carbondale, Gypsum, Eagle, Aspen, Snowmass, Avon, Vail, and Basalt.