As the snow begins to melt from the northern climates and warmth seeps into the air, it’s normal to think about spring cleaning, and your floors should be a part of this! No matter if you own hardwood flooring, waterproof vinyl flooring, or engineered hardwood flooring, now’s the perfect time to get the mops or specialized products ready and do a nice, deep clean from top to bottom.
Don’t get too preoccupied, though! As perfect as a time for cleaning as spring is, the season also brings with it countless hazards to your flooring that, as a responsible homeowner, you should be aware of. If you’re not watchful and proactive, letting them go unchecked can result in severe flooring damage. E Hardwoods & Flooring, where you can buy hardwood flooring online, describes a few of these hazards below, as well as steps you can take to mitigate their harmful potential.
If the Weather is Changing, Your Flooring is At Risk
In the Upper Midwest, springtime is known for wet, windy weather, and the degree of these weather experiences depends on which location you are in. While this sort of weather can be unpleasant for some people, it can be downright damaging to your floors if you’re not careful. No amount of spring cleaning can prevent the threats of:
Water damage | If you own solid hardwood flooring, you’re no doubt aware of its inherent vulnerability to water damage, but you might not be aware of additional threats it can face in the springtime. Tracked-in slush can easily wander onto your hardwood flooring, so make sure to enforce a strict “no shoes in the house” rule and stash a welcome mat at every door. Promptly wipe up spills if they occur off of your mats.
Mud and grit | A natural consequence of springtime slush, mud can also find its way indoors during this time of year. Aside from the obvious threat of water damage, mud makes for an irritating cleanup job, no matter what flooring type you own. Furthermore, dirty shoes bring in grit, and while this won’t immediately do anything else aside from making a muddy mess, over the long term, it can wear down your floors. Taking the recommended precautions against water damage can also help with mud-related concerns.
Fluctuating humidity | Hardwood flooring doesn’t appreciate an environment with fluctuating humidity. Depending on the climate in which you live, springtime can mean quite a bit of this, so make sure you keep your home’s humidity levels controlled.
In Need of New Flooring? E Hardwoods & Flooring Has You Covered
Spring is the perfect time for interior renovations, and we’d be happy to provide the flooring for any project! Check out our online selection here or contact us with any questions.