It’s the holiday season and, while all may historically be “merry and bright,” that’s not always the case for the hardwood floors that began the seasonal rush of entertaining freshly scrubbed and polished only to be subjected to weeks of snow boots, high heels and just heavier, more abusive traffic in general. Water damage, rock salt, scuffs, smudges, mud and more all contribute to a floor’s wear and tear but the extra wintery traffic needn’t mean the end of a new hardwood floor, or even the end of one that’s been around a few years for that matter.
To keep your hardwood floors looking as good at the end of the holiday entertaining season as they did when it began, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, purveyors of some very beautiful hardwood flooring options, offers the following tips:
- Wash the floors the right way
Although you may want to wash your floors before the guests arrive, don't break out the mop and bucket just yet. Since wood naturally expands when it's wet, using a wet mop or excessive water to clean your floor can cause it to crack or splinter. In addition, using ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on your wood floor can dull the finish and affect your ability to re-coat later.
- Warn guests they'll be barefoot beforehand
When sending out the holiday party invitations, make sure the guests are aware that it will be a more casual affair -- sans shoes! Having guests take off their boots and heels will save your floor from any possible damage. If you prepare your party-goers ahead of time, it will allow them to dress appropriately and anticipate a barefoot evening. Having a basket of socks or slippers near the door will remind the guests that they need to take off their footwear before they enter your home.
- Clean up sticky spots and occasional marks
To remove occasional scuffs and heel marks, use a professional hardwood floor cleaner. Just spray some cleaner on a cloth and rub the stained area lightly. If there is a sticky spot on the floor, use a very damp towel or sponge and rub the spot out. For weekly cleaning use the basic 1 gallon of warm water to one-fourth cup white vinegar formula for cleaning tung oil finished floors. If you want a little extra shine -- drop a tiny dollop of dish soap in the bucket as well. Just make sure you are frequently changing out the water -- that’s the biggest mistake people make that prevents them from achieving the desired clean.
More on Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors does quite literally specialize in wide plank flooring options with a particular focus on wide plank pine and wide plank oak. The full roster of product includes a wide variety of hardwood options like ash, birch, cherry, hickory, white or red oak, brown or white maple, and several options in pine.
It also does big business in some very interesting wide plank reclaimed and antique flooring. The company says the reclaimed materials will allow you to “feel the spirit of the past resonate beneath your feet” and one look at the character that comes through these planks will make you believe it. Reclaimed options include a variety of woods from a variety of sources including barnwood floors and original surface barnwood paneling.
The company’s engineered wood flooring or solid wood flooring is available as unfinished or prefinished hardwood flooring. Custom stains also are available giving you the opportunity to create flooring that is truly one-of-a-kind.