It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year!
Which means that it’s also time for baking sugar cookies, warming up your wood fireplace, and getting your home ready for friends and family.
In the midst of all the caroling, parties and gift shopping, there’s one thing that often goes forgotten: cleaning your wood floors.
Don’t forget your wood floors this season
Snow, mud, sugar, turkey pieces, dog hair, pine needles – just a few things your floor may come into contact with in the next couple of months.
Keeping your wood floor clean doesn’t have to take time away from the festivities. After all, wood floors are one of the easiest flooring surfaces to clean.
By choosing a wood floor, you’ve already made a great investment and excellent decorating choice for family reunions and holiday gatherings. Dirt and debris are easy to vacuum and sweep up – which is great for keeping your home free of allergens.
Keep reading to learn 3 simple ways to keep your wood floors shining this season.
How to prepare your wood floors for the holidays
- Protect your floors from scratches and dirt. This can be best accomplished with walk-off mats at every entryway. Additionally, now is a good time to attach foam pads to your furniture, just in case you need to move things around for sleepovers or opening presents.
- Stock up on wood floor cleaner and a microfiber mop. Clean regularly and wipe up spills right away – eggnog and wood isn’t a good combo. Avoid abrasive cleaners and excess water to clean your floors. We really like Real Clean Floor’s cleaner (and it smells like oranges – another festive touch to add).
Download our free cleaning guide to keep on hand during the holidays.
- Take a look at your gutters and downspouts. ‘Tis the season for 25 degrees and snow, followed by a 50 degree day and puddles. Keeping water flowing away from your home will prevent moisture from seeping into your foundation and wood floors.
Give some grace
Most importantly, give yourself some grace. While this season is known as the most wonderful, for many it can be the most stressful. Having an Instagram-worthy home isn’t worthwhile if you can’t be present with your loved ones.
Wood floors are durable and very forgiving. They’re meant to be lived on and enjoyed. This is why we recommend them for families with kids and pets (and those with a big extended family too!).
With these simple tips, you can keep your wood floors clean and get back to making memories with your friends and family.
And if on January 2, you see a bright white scratch on your dark floor, we have some simple solutions for hiding them.