Protect Your Hardwood Floors During the Holidays

Protect Your Hardwood Floors During the Holidays

As we gear up for the holiday season, now is a great time to think about protecting your hardwood floors. Here are some best practices for protecting your hardwood floors during the holiday season.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are one of the most obvious inflictors of damage to hardwood floors during the holiday season. The needles can damage the floor?s finish if they fall on the ground and are dragged across the floor by foot traffic, and overwatering can lead to spills on the floor. Even fake Christmas trees can do some damage??if it?s dragged across the floor when it is first brought into the house, or as it?s being pulled into or out of storage. So, make sure that it?s carried rather than dragging it. Glass ornaments falling and breaking can scratch the finish. If you have pets or small children and are particularly worried about this happening, they can opt for plastic/unbreakable ornaments instead. Make sure to also place a tree skirt underneath your Christmas tree to protect against some needle drops and water spillage.

If you?re hosting people for the holidays, all of that added foot traffic can really scratch up the finish if you?re not careful. Make sure your guests leave their shoes at the door, and/or have welcome mats at all entryways. You can also place runners in your hallways. Their shoes can drag in grit and debris from outside. Water is extremely damaging to finish??one of finish?s worst enemies. Make sure any puddles from melted snow are cleaned up as quickly as possible.

Wine & Drink Spills

If someone spills a drink or wine (especially red wine) on a hardwood floor, it can stain or otherwise damage the finish. The best thing to do is to soak it up with a rag or absorbent microfiber cloth as soon as possible, and clean up the spill with a wood-friendly cleaner. If the finish is a European oil-style finish or natural oil finish, you can repair any lasting damage, in most cases, by essentially spot-treating the area with the product that was used to finish the floor. However, if you have a polyurethane finish, you may have to have the floor refinished to repair any lasting damage. Also make sure to clean up any glass shards that were created if the glass broke when it fell, which can scratch the finish.

Whether it?s holiday season or any other time of the year, these tips will help your hardwood flooring look as good as they day you selected it at the flooring showroom.

The Wood Floor Experts

Quantum Floors is a family-owned and operated flooring chain and is the largest specialty flooring retailer in South Florida with 5 state-of-the-art showrooms. Quantum Floors is known for their tremendous, curated selection of high-quality flooring materials, as well as in-house installation teams, which provides their clients a single point of accountability for their flooring projects.