Winter care for your wood floors

11 Dec 2023

As winter nears, ensuring the longevity and beauty of your wood floors becomes essential. Just as our hands need lotion and our lips need chapstick, our wood flooring needs looking after as well. While Havwoods floors are engineered to withstand the wear and tear of day-to-day life, wood being a natural material, will respond to its environment. 

Dry environments will cause a floor to lose moisture, and humid environments will cause moisture to be gained. Here are some expert tips to help you maintain your wood floors during winter:

Control indoor humidity:

Winter air tends to be drier, which can lead to shrinkage in wood floors. Use a humidifier to maintain optimal indoor humidity levels (around 35-55%) and a temperature range of 60-80℉ to prevent excessive expansion or contraction of the wood.

Clean regularly, but gently:

Frequent cleaning is crucial, especially during winter. Use a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum cleaner with a hardwood floor attachment to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Avoid excessive moisture during cleaning, as water can damage wood floors.

Use mats and rugs:

Place mats or rugs at entryways to trap dirt, moisture, and salt brought in from outside. This helps prevent scratches and moisture damage to your wood floors.

Avoid abrasive cleaners: 

When cleaning, use specially formulated hardwood floor cleaners recommended by manufacturers. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning tools that can scratch or damage the wood's finish.

Promptly address spills:

Immediately wipe up any spills or moisture on your wood floors. Prolonged exposure to liquids can cause stains or damage the wood's finish.

Be mindful of temperature changes:

Avoid sudden fluctuations in temperature. Keep your home at a relatively stable temperature to prevent wood floors from expanding or contracting too much.

By following these winter maintenance tips, you can preserve the beauty and lifespan of your wood floors, ensuring they continue to shine and add warmth to your home throughout the season.