World Snow Day is Jan. 20, and it was established by the International Ski Federations so that children and their families had a chance to experience snow sports together at specially organized events. While families worldwide will be frolicking in the snow in celebration of World Snow Day, snow in Wisconsin is a part of regular life for most families. Winter boots frequently track snow and ice indoors, and whether your home has laminate or hardwood flooring, floors can experience new stains and scratches, thanks to winter weather.
Keeping Your Flooring Safe From Winter Weather
What Type of Damage Is Possible
Cold weather and exposure to snow or ice can affect different types of flooring in various ways. Hardwood flooring, for example, can shrink in cold temperatures, and tracked-in snow can melt and puddle on the floor. Too much exposure to moisture can cause hardwood flooring to warp and decay. The salt used to clear icy roads can squeeze between the tread of shoes and boots and get tracked inside, scratching laminate and hardwood floors. Muddy slush brought indoors can also stain carpet and engineered wood flooring.
How You Can Prevent Damage
Place waterproof mats at all entryways, and teach family members to take off their shoes at the door before they scurry inside after playing in the snow. Keeping your flooring clean also helps to protect it. Just be sure you’re careful not to spread abrasive particles such as road salt or pebbles across your flooring material. Vacuuming is typically safer than sweeping. Wipe up dried puddles of snow before they have a chance to soak into the carpet or wood floors.
If your tired and worn floors need replacing, the flooring experts at Interior Designs Inc in Holmen, WI, can help you choose between tile, carpet, laminate, and hardwood flooring. For more than 35 years, their designers and installers have helped homeowners and businesses choose between materials, colors, finishes, and designs to improve the look and value of their property. Call (608) 526-3386 or visit them online today to schedule a consultation.