Raleigh, NC - November 15, 2012 - The holidays are upon us. And if you are planning a holiday party this year, you will want to take a few extra precautions with your floor:
-Purchase rugs and runners and lay them where you expect a majority of your traffic to be. This will protect your hardwood from scuffmarks and any food spills.
-In the event of a spill, whether its food or drink, it should be cleaned up right away. Liquid spills if left unattended will stain and warp hardwood. If spilled on carpet, they will stain and become an attraction for bugs and house pets. Insist that you clean the spill right away. It not only signifies you as a gracious host, but also ensures that the spill is cleaned up appropriately. After the party and all your guests have left, run a dry mop over the floor. This will catch any leftover crumbs that could scratch and damage the hardwood.
-Snow can also cause damage to hardwood floors. Snow is essentially a liquid, so when it melts and forms a puddle on the floor, warping and staining are bound to happen. Snow will cause brown spots on hardwood. To prevent this type of damage to your floors, let guests and your family know that their shoes should be taken off upon entering your house. In addition to the warping and staining from snow, their shoes could track in snow salt which will scratch your hardwood.
The last thing you should be worrying about this holiday season is your floors, but taking extra little precautions throughout the holiday season will help maintain their beauty.