The holidays are the ideal time to gather all of your friends and family. Foot traffic in your home increases during family gatherings. This season, protect your hardwood floors from increased activity and traffic by taking a few simple actions to keep them sparkling and impressing your guests. Pioneer Concepts specialists compiled this list of 5 steps for preparing your floors for the Christmas season.
1. REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Prior to your Christmas party, make sure to clean, dust, and mop on a regular basis. This will provide you with a solid foundation for the Christmas season. During heavy foot activity, a good base keeps small dirt and dust from rubbing and damaging your floors.
2. QUICKLY REMOVE SPILLS
Spills are more likely in homes with pets or children. If a spill occurs on your hardwood floor, make sure to clean it up as soon as possible. Immediately removing spills will avoid long-term damage to your floors and keep them looking uniform.
3. PRESERVE YOUR FLOOR WITH RUGS AND MATS
Rugs and mats are a great way to keep your floors looking nice. Before inviting people over, plan out which parts of your house will get the most traffic. To mention a few, the front lobby, corridors, and kitchen. To safeguard these places, we recommend putting down rugs or mats. To prevent rugs from sliding around, make sure they have a pad underneath.
4. SAFEGUARD YOUR FLOOR FROM YOUR FURNITURE
Moving furniture is an issue that is sometimes ignored when having visitors around for the holidays. With additional guests in your home, you’re bound to be moving furniture around to make room for more sitting or to make room for gifts, etc. Protect your floor by affixing felt pads to the feet of your furniture. These felt pads allow them to glide gently on your hardwood floors without damaging them. Just remember to replace the pads every few months, or else grit will accumulate and cause scratches.
5. PROTECT YOUR FLOOR FROM OTHER DANGERS
Other than rugs and felt pads, there are other precautions you may take to safeguard your flooring this season. You can cut your pet’s nails and even implement a “no shoes” policy in your home. Both of these will be beneficial. The first is self-explanatory, while the second will benefit your floors in the long run. When dressed up for Christmas events, women frequently wear high heels (stilettos are hardwood floor enemies), which can damage, scratch, and dull your beautiful flooring.
If you need help caring for your hardwood flooring before the holidays, contact Pioneer Concepts at (864) 535-1051 for professional hardwood floor installation or refinishing services.