Brief Summary:

Learn how to prepare and protect your hardwood floors for the upcoming winter months. From controlling indoor humidity to choosing the right cleaning methods, ensure your floors remain in pristine condition during the colder season.

As winter approaches in northern NJ, preparing your home includes giving special attention to your hardwood floors. Here’s what you need to know to keep your hardwood floors in top condition during the colder months.

Controlling Indoor Humidity in Winter

During winter, indoor heating can significantly reduce humidity levels, potentially causing your hardwood floors to contract and create gaps. Maintaining a stable indoor humidity level, ideally between 35% and 55%, is essential. Using humidifiers can help prevent these issues, ensuring your floors stay beautiful and intact. Cast iron kettles on top of the wood burning stove is one way to add humidity in a timeless, rustic way.

Cleaning and Caring for Hardwood Floors in Winter

With the increased likelihood of bringing in snow, salt, and dirt, regular cleaning is crucial in winter. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum for hardwood floors to remove debris. For cleaning, avoid water or steam mops; opt for a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for hardwood floors. Promptly cleaning up any spills or wet spots will prevent water damage.

Preventive Measures for Winter Floor Care

Place high-quality mats both outside and inside your doors to catch snow, salt, and dirt from shoes. Consider using area rugs in high-traffic areas to protect your floors from extra wear and tear during these months.

Professional Winter Floor Maintenance

If your floors are looking dull or worn, winter is a great time for a professional buff and coat. This process refreshes the finish of your floors without the need for a full sand and refinish. For floors with more significant wear, our refinishing services can restore them to their original beauty.

Remember, taking the right steps to care for your hardwood floors during the winter not only keeps them looking great but also helps prolong their life. For personalized advice or to schedule a maintenance service, call us at 973-728-9717 or visit our showroom at 1811C Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480.