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Although winter does not officially kickoff until December 21 in 2014, the recent polar vortex has brought freezing, winter-like temperatures and conditions to the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC areas. With wintry weather around the corner, it’s time to prepare your hardwood floors for an onslaught of snow, slush, dirt, and salt.
The seasonal changes of winter—cold temperatures, weather conditions, salt, dirt, etc.—combined with the increased amount of foot traffic around the holiday season can do a number on your hardwood floors if proper steps are not taken. Continue reading to learn about the effects of winter on your hardwood floors and how to properly protect them during winter.
There are many factors that contribute to the breakdown of your wood floors. Some damage winter elements can cause to your hardwood floors include:
Gaps– Air circulated by your home’s HVAC system is typically much dryer during the winter than during the summer, spring, and fall. Dry air reduces the amount of moisture in your wood floors and can cause separation, resulting in thin gaps between planks. Don’t worry, small gaps are to be expected! As winter turns to spring and outdoor temperatures begin to warm up, moisture will return to your hardwood flooring and eliminate almost all of the small gaps.
Scrapes and scratches– Dead leaves, mud, snow, slush, dirt, salt, and other winter elements are often unintentionally dragged into your home from the bottom of boots and shoes. If not cleaned right away, these could leave unwanted scrapes and scratches on your hardwood floors.
Rotted wood– If left long enough, dirt and other wintry elements can cause your hardwood floors to rot. When this happens, it is important to contact your local flooring expert to prevent further damage.
Follow these easy steps to protect your hardwood floors from winter:
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