You’ve only just hung up your Halloween costume, but already it seems as though winter weather is not far off. Winter brings with it a whole range of unpredictable precipitation, from snow to ice to freezing rain. And while (thankfully!) most of that stays outdoors, chances are you will be tracking in plenty of unwanted moisture in to your home and all over your hardwood floors! If you’re worried about the effect that tracked-in ice and snow will have on your hardwood floors, read on to find out what advice the experts at JKE have to offer.
If your home has a mudroom in it, you’re in luck! Mudrooms are generally one of the few rooms in the home that homeowners elect not to use hardwood floors in. The reason for this? A mudroom is meant to be a buffer between what’s on the bottom of your shoes and the rest of your house; it usually is floored in wipe-clean flooring such as vinyl tiling. When you come in from outside in the winter, wipe off your shoes or remove them entirely in your mudroom and then you can walk around on your hardwood floors without a worry!
Throw down a throw rug
If your home does not have a mudroom and your main entrance has hardwood floors laid down, consider adding a throw rug for the winter season. The rug can absorb some of the melting ice and snow from your shoes before they come in contact with the hardwood. Be sure to toss the rug in the dryer every now and then though—leaving a damp rug on hardwood could end up doing more harm than good!
Sealing your hardwood floors
The best way to protect your hardwood floors from tracked-in ice and snow, and indeed any kind of water, is to have expert floor installers apply a waterproofing sealant. This will minimize water damage and help keep your floors looking their best for years to come!
John K. Eareckson & Co.: Baltimore Custom Hardwood Flooring
At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you are interested in a new look to your hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today!
If you have any questions about New Hardwood Floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit JKEHardwoodFlooring.com today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs.